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post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
Hi,

I am only a few months into decorating but I have a passion for it and love the contemporary cakes. Can anyone please share how I might acheive this look? It's the turquoise and orange cake with stripes.

http://www.thecakeblog.com/category/wedding-cakes/page/5

Thanks,
Lakeisha
post #2 of 9
Ah, a Caketress cake. Lori is amazing and comes up with some interesting techniques.

No idea how she did it but my plebian version would be to find a rubber stamp with a lot of writing on it and color it with food coloring and lightly stamp the side of the cake.
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post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks. It looks like something I wll have to practice a few times.
post #4 of 9
That baby will take some serious measuring and precision cuts.
post #5 of 9
I'll start out by saying I've never tried this, but it sounds like something that might work. I would try taking paper the same length as the circumferance of my cake(s), I would then lay them on a flat surface with the shorter one being above the longer one. I'd then draw out the zig zag pattern across both of them so you get the illusion of one flowing into another. Then wrap each paper around its respectie tier, to make sure the ends of the zig zags match all the way around each tier. You could also try lightly tracing the pattern on the paper with a candy stick or popcicle stick so it imprints an impression of the pattern into the icing, and you could use that as a guide for laying on the fondant strips. Then lay the paper on a flat surface again and cut your fondant strips to match the size of the pattern you drew on the papers.
post #6 of 9
I would say you have to measure the diameter of the cake. for example, you want to decorate with chevron stripes using 10" cake. Circumference of cake is 32". Divide that by lets say 2"(size of strips) you get 16. Now youll make 16 marks, spaced 2" apart all around the cake. Take your fondant, roll it out, cut long strips of 2 inches wide and cut at diagonal to fit in between the marks on the cake. Hope this helps!
post #7 of 9
Cover your cake in fondant and let is set up. Measure and make sure you are very accurate.

Draw out your pattern on regular paper using math based on your measurements so your lines match up.

Put parchment or wax paper over your paper pattern and brush with shortening.

Cut your strips and lay them on the greased parchment/wax paper using the pattern underneath as a guide.

Cover what you finish as you go with plastic wrap to keep it from drying out.

When you are done laying your pattern, brush your finished cake with shortening, lift your finished pattern and wrap.

It's important to have a pasta roller to make sure all your strips are the same thickness.

Good luck, this is a very hard and meticulous technique for someone new to try and do, so I hope it works out for you!
post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thank you all so much for your ideas. They are very appreciated!
post #9 of 9
After seeing this I might just dig out some of my old quilt patterns.
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