I love buttercream!! I say this a lot. I am always trying to find new piping techniques using buttercream such as the ruffles and roses techniques which seem to be very popular right now. I was on a mission to use a buttercream technique I haven't yet tried out and I succeeded in my mission!
I made this cake for my boyfriends neices and nephews who are amazing kids. There is 5 of them, Jamie, Jack, Jessica, Alex and little Isabelle.
Here is my cake:
I remember seeing this icing technique on a cake recently but I have no idea where and I didn't save the picture so I had to go by memory which in my case isn't always a good thing... on this occasion my memory seemed to work okay and although I am sure there is another way of doing this technique, using a palette knife seemed to work for me :-) I piped 4 oval balls of buttercream with a large writing nozzle (from my pastry piping set) in a line one on top of the other. Using a palette knife and a sweeping motion I managed to create the effect above. I did one line at a time to get the over lap look.
The cake was 4 layers which included 2 chocolate layers and 2 vanilla layers covered in chocolate and vanilla buttercream with a few chocolate chips added for a bit of crunch. I did alternate layers of pink vanilla and chocolate buttercream which looked pretty when cut.