Before I begin, let’s talk about icing. Here are few things to know:
1. Even though you can get clear vanilla extract from Wilton in order to keep your icing pure white, I prefer the taste of 100% pure vanilla extract.
2. When making a cake like this, it is harder to work with real butter in the icing. I have tried it many times, but it just doesn’t work as well as the crisco.
3. I use the Wilton professional butter cream icing recipe. It’s available online.
Decorating the cake:
1. Begin with a crumb coat. (picture far left) after icing the top of your bottom layer and stacking your cakes, cover the entire cake in a thin layer of icing. This is to catch all of the crumbs so that your second coat it pure white.
2. Generously ice a second time. Try to get the icing as smooth as possible with the spatula.
3. Use a viva paper towel (must be Viva, cloth-like with no dimples) to smooth your wrinkles and cracks out of the icing. (second photo)
4. I used a shell border around the base and top of the cake. I can’t give directions briefly enough here, so you may want to visit the Wilton website. Other easier options would be just a simple “ball” border. You need a rather large holed tip to pipe these, but they’re very easy. Also, when I was less consistent with my piped borders, I just used candy to line the base of the cake (skittles, m&m’s, etc).
5. I used a suncatcher from the children’s craft section at wal mart for these flowers. I just pressed them gently into the icing and filled in the lines from the imprint with piping ge.
6. write your message. As you can see from photo#4 – I am not great at writing! But I keep on trying :).
Ask questions if any of this is unclear. You can find thousands of websites that walk you through this in a more comprehensive way. I just thought I’d let you in on the fact that it’s easier than people realize to decorate a cake!