Texture now plays a big part in cake design and adding certain icing textures has become increasingly popular, particularly on wedding cakes.
Since the discovery of fondant, cakes have been elevated to a new level of edible art. While a beautiful smooth finished cake is elegant, with fondant you can also have additional textures to make a truly beautiful photo-worthy cake.
In this blog we explore different kinds of textures:
Romantic, Soft, Elegant
Ruffles or frills create a beautiful scrunched fabric like texture. They come in different forms, for instance:
- Tight ruffles
- Wave ruffles
- Floral ruffles
- Petal ruffles
- Rose ruffles
Each ruffle is rolled out, cut, and depending on the type of ruffle might be individually textured. Ruffles are a labour of love as they take time but look stunning when finished. We can even create an ombre effect, which looks beautiful! These are great for all types of cake and are popular for wedding cakes.
Timeless, Sophisticated, Formal
Quilted cakes suit all occasions (see some of our quilted wedding cakes), a simple texture that elevates a cake to look more sophisticated and elegant.
This effect is achieved with a quilting impression tool. A cake is covered, the tool is lined up and pressed into the fondant to create equal diamonds.
Depending on how much you want it to resemble fabric we can elevate this effect with additional techniques. Where each diamond intersects, we draw lines and use a star cone cake tool to make a more realistic texture. We can then add a dragee or even a diamante at the points so the overall effect resembles a real quilt or chesterfield sofa. All of our cake decorating tools used for this texture can be purchased or hired from our shop.
Dragees / Sprinkles
Bold, Edgy, Fun
Dragees are tiny sugar balls, sometimes called sugar pearls. They come in various different sizes in metallic, white or coloured options. These can be used as individual decorations to partially or completely cover a whole tier. However, it is not a cheap effect, to cover a cake takes thousands of sugar pearls, but it looks spectacular when it is complete.
Sprinkles or 100’s and 1000’s are miniature sugar strands, shapes or micro edible balls. Most often found on kids cakes or cupcakes.
Fun fact: Sprinkles are called funfetti in America which we think is a great name!
Sophisticated, Pretty, Colourful
This is a real party texture. These are tiny sugar discs with a subtle shimmer finish. Confetti comes in white, gold or rainbow colours. Cheaper than dragees, these can cover a cake completely or as a cascaded effect to give a fun and interesting texture.
Soft, Gentle, Regal
We can create swags of icing, placed equidistant around the edge of a cake they give a regal texture, often popular on our princess or wedding cakes. We can also fold the icing to resemble draped fabric hanging down the cake in swags.
Rustic, Realistic, Touchable
For something completely different we can even make the cake look like bark. Either a knarly old tree stump or a light, bright silver birch, who knew there were so many different types of bark? This realistic texture makes these cakes a real talking piece; wonderful for a rustic wedding.
Romantic, Dainty, Intricate
Cake lace is an edible icing containing glucose and starch. It begins as a paste which is poured in pretty moulds. Once set it keeps its shape but is soft and flexible allowing it to wrap around a cake. It creates a beautiful texture with added glamour.
Textured Cake Gallery
More of our textured cakes can be seen in our wedding cake gallery.