Cake Central › Cake Forums › Cake Talk › Cake Decorating › Wood Grain look on buttercream?????? HELP
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Wood Grain look on buttercream?????? HELP

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
Does anyone have any suggestions, tips or how to's on how to get a wood grain look onto buttercream, I am doing a cake for my nephews birthday for saturday, he plays the guitar, its a wooden one with wood grain look , his mom wants me to match the cake to the guitar as close as possible, but does not want any fondant on the cake. any suggestions would be greatly appreciated
Make each day count!!!
Reply
Make each day count!!!
Reply
post #2 of 14
are you using a crusting BC or not?

if you are using a crusting bc you could use the viva paper towel method to create wood grain.

frost the cake in the main color of the wood, smooth and let crust.

then pipe the "wood grain" with the various shades you like on top in a lined, swirly pattern to mimic the grain, let crust.

then viva paper towel smooth the piped lines, which will make them flat and smooth like the rest of the BC and voila, wood grain.


if you are not using crusting BC I would use a similar method but use a spatula to carefully smooth the piped lines into the base BC

does this make sense?
post #3 of 14
Aha! Great idea, LeanneW! I started watching this topic because I wanted to know, too, and by gosh, here you are with the goods.
Marianna
"I know my own mind...and it's around here somewhere!"
Reply
Marianna
"I know my own mind...and it's around here somewhere!"
Reply
post #4 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks so much!! Using a crusting buttercream and that made perfect sense!!
Thanks again for the help!!! Greatly Appreciated!!
Make each day count!!!
Reply
Make each day count!!!
Reply
post #5 of 14
I've done it many times...I use a wide paint brush and airbrush. Doesn't matter what kind of butter cram you use. Very easy.

http://cakecentral.com/gallery/1924546
http://cakecentral.com/gallery/1841818
Debbie - US Army (Retired) --aka "The Cake Sarge"

Good Cake Ain't Cheap! Cheap Cake Ain't Good!
Reply
Debbie - US Army (Retired) --aka "The Cake Sarge"

Good Cake Ain't Cheap! Cheap Cake Ain't Good!
Reply
post #6 of 14
You can pick up a wood-graining tool at your local hardware store. Dip it and gently "pull" glide it over the buttercream - EASY!
post #7 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by ddaigle

I've done it many times...I use a wide paint brush and airbrush. Doesn't matter what kind of butter cram you use. Very easy.



That looks great! I can't believe that's BC.

Do you use the paint brush for the texture? Then spray it?
post #8 of 14
Yes...the paint brush is for texture..makes the grooves. Then I airbrush for the wood effect.
Debbie - US Army (Retired) --aka "The Cake Sarge"

Good Cake Ain't Cheap! Cheap Cake Ain't Good!
Reply
Debbie - US Army (Retired) --aka "The Cake Sarge"

Good Cake Ain't Cheap! Cheap Cake Ain't Good!
Reply
post #9 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks so much everyone, and ddaigle your cakes are awesome, thanks for the visual, it helps alot.
Make each day count!!!
Reply
Make each day count!!!
Reply
post #10 of 14
Wow, Debbie, your wood grain is incredible! Great cakes!
Marianna
"I know my own mind...and it's around here somewhere!"
Reply
Marianna
"I know my own mind...and it's around here somewhere!"
Reply
post #11 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by ddaigle

Yes...the paint brush is for texture..makes the grooves. Then I airbrush for the wood effect.



Do you think this would work with the Wilton Color Mist? I do not have an airbrush ...
post #12 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by LeanneW

are you using a crusting BC or not?

if you are using a crusting bc you could use the viva paper towel method to create wood grain.

frost the cake in the main color of the wood, smooth and let crust.

then pipe the "wood grain" with the various shades you like on top in a lined, swirly pattern to mimic the grain, let crust.

then viva paper towel smooth the piped lines, which will make them flat and smooth like the rest of the BC and voila, wood grain.


if you are not using crusting BC I would use a similar method but use a spatula to carefully smooth the piped lines into the base BC

does this make sense?



Do you have an example of this in your gallery? I also have a guitar cake to make and I'm having trouble visualizing this. I'm afraid I'll just screw it all up! LOL!
post #13 of 14
Hi, i did this method on my sushi cake in buttercream. I used different shades of brown,etc. and used brush to blend in. I thought it turned out good.
post #14 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by icer101

Hi, i did this method on my sushi cake in buttercream. I used different shades of brown,etc. and used brush to blend in. I thought it turned out good.



I just took a peep at it in your gallery. AWESOME!

So, frost, crust; pipe in my "woodgrain" lines, crust ... and then Viva-it smooth? I think I'm going to try it!

Thanks for the help, Icer101!!!

If anyone else has some gallery examples, please let me know! My cake is due first thing Friday morning (Oct. 5)!
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Cake Decorating
Cake Central › Cake Forums › Cake Talk › Cake Decorating › Wood Grain look on buttercream?????? HELP