When we think of the latest trend that is 3D textured cakes our mind often focuses on buttercream. Whilst buttercream is a texturing wonder, don’t limit yourself. There are plenty of texturally rich designs that don’t simply rely on buttercream or use it in combination with different icings such as fondant or glaze.
What’s important with creating a textured cake is depth. For texturing to work and to be impressive to the viewer, you mustn’t shy away from creating depth. For buttercream cakes, this may mean using more frosting than you usually do.
Let’s take a look at some of the 3D textured cake effects that you can create:
- Contrasts: By using different textures on different layers you can create a striking and stylish cake with just one colour. For example, you may choose ruffles paired with smooth, flowers matched with horizontal lines, or fabric folds paired with gentle spikes.
- Ombre: 3D textured cakes lend themselves immensely well to an ombre colour design. By grading the colour from dark at the bottom to lighter at the top you can keep a consistent texture but achieve an utterly impressive result.
- Flowers: Another way of matching a consistent texture is with the use of fresh flowers. The contrast will prove striking indeed.
- Part and Part: It is possible to create exceptionally stunning cakes by combining deep 3D texture with the smooth simplicity of fondant icing or a mirror glaze. The contrast between halves draws the eye in and is impressively memorable. For those looking for a real challenge, this can be achieved with a geode cake as well.
- No Buttercream: Textures can be created using fondant icing alone if you’re after its protective qualities. Whilst you won’t be able to achieve the depth of buttercream, you can use pattern makers to imprint the icing and create texture in your design.
When designing a cake, always pay heed to texture. It’s another avenue for creativity.