Believe it or not, you CAN have a gorgeous cake without fondant! And I have proof!
Glass-smooth icing, perfect piping, and buttery soft flowers that make you want to dive in face-first?
A bunch of today's Sweets will have you doing double-takes:
(By Cup A Dee Cakes)
At first glance, you'd swear this was fondant! Other than the white chocolate centers on the ruffles, though, that's all buttercream.
It doesn't have to be fondant-smooth to be a stellar Sweet, though; some bakers actually use the buttercream texture to their advantage:
Aha! Edible paints! Brilliant.
Or how about something like this?
(By Fat Cakes Design)
Love that ombre fade! And imagine how boring it would be without the extra icing texture.
I bet you've seen this technique over on Pinterest:
SO FUN. And even better, it's actually something we mere mortals can do!
(In a nut shell: Pipe a large dot, smear with a spoon, repeat!)
But supposing you DO want the smooth look of fondant.
It can be done!
That gumpaste ribbon really helps sell the look.
Oooh, now this next one made me do a triple-take:
How is that all buttercream?? And how the heck did they pipe that ruffly tier? I'd be dragging my wrist through it by the second line!
And another mind-bogglingly intricate piping job:
(Photo by Jay Tsai Photography, baker unknown.)
Just looking at all that lace is giving my hand sympathy pains. WOW. Can you imagine?
Now, personally, I'm a big fan of excessive frilliness from time to time:
(By Linda Wolff)
Ahhhhh. Love it.
But there's also a lot to be said for bold, modern patterns:
(By Tea Party Cakes)
Not to mention poppies are my favorite flower - so brush-embroidered poppies? Suh-WEET!
This baby shower cake has it all: flowers, dots, perfect pattern piping, and even stripes!
(Also by The White Flower Cake Shoppe)
Plus I love those colors. So springy.
And finally, a stunning combination of buttercream flowers, brush embroidery, and what I think is a cornelli lace variation:
(By Emma Page Cakes)
The background pattern reminds me of the subtle crackle/glazing you see on fine china. SO PRETTY!
Hope you guys enjoyed today's fondant-free fancies! Happy Sunday!