Thursday, August 23, 2012

'S' Is for Awesssome: A Cake Decorating Idea

Savannah is my best helper chef. Thus, it seems fitting that she be the one to set birthday trends around here. Last year, she started the four-layer rainbow cake thing (every birthday kid after that also requested this cake). This year, we took it to a whole new level with the teeny tiny flower rainbow-colored cake.

The good news about this cake is that it's easy. If, by easy, you mean 'does not require much skill or artistic gifting.' However, if by easy you mean 'takes 15 minutes,' you will have to look elsewhere. Because I'm not going to lie, the tiny flower creating took about an hour to do. On the one hand, it was kind of meditative. On the other hand it made my hand hurt. On the hand you don't have because you already used two, there was that frustrating moment near the end when Emma swiped her fingers down one side of tiny flower-dots and promptly shoved that hand in her mouth before I could cart her off to her room.

I found the idea for this on Pinterest. There's really no skill necessary, but you do need a frosting bag, a coupler, and the tip that makes the little flowers. If you're doing multiple colors, multiple bags and couplers would be nice so you can just put your colors into bags and then move your tip around. Here are some ideas.

(Don't expect a flower like that unless you're good. I just squirt some frosting out and mash it and it makes a sort of flower-dot/blob like you see in these pictures.

Or you could use one like the top one in this set. I think that's the kind that was used in the Pinterest picture. It should also give a bigger flower and that would save some time and hand cramping.

I use disposable bags because it keeps me off the crazy farm.

And these are couplers. They're the little white things that make it so your tip stays on your bag.

To create this cake, all you do is make the flower dots in one color all over the cake, but not touching. Then add another color and another and try to keep the same colors from touching. Like this:


Then blue.

Then green. 

Then yellow.

And purple

And dark blue

A couple of tips:
1. You'll notice that I pre-frosted the cake with a thin layer of colored frosting. This is a good idea because if you run out of steam or time or frosting, the cake still looks really really good.
2. When you start with a color, put the flower-dots closer together than you think you should. Otherwise, you'll be mixing more colors near the end in order to fill up holes. This cake, for example, was supposed to only have 4 colors. It wound up with 6 because there were places that needed to be filled with a new and exciting color so that none of the same colors (heaven forbid) touched each other. Whew.

I made this 3-layer cake and frosted it with a recipe and a half of this vanilla frosting.


  1. Wow - this cake is totally awesome. We are planning a nautical or farm birthday for my son's first and I love the idea of making a pretty themed cake (in the right colors) like yours. Thank you for the inspiration and glad to find your site - from one cheapskate to another :) I'm going to read about your lemon lime gelato now!

    1. It tasted wicked good too. And I did think about how great it could be with all sorts of themed colors.



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