Haute Layer Cakes

How to decorate a cake with modern designs, including scalloped icing, ribbon effects, confetti, and clean edges.

Classic Layer Cake
A two-layer cake still has presence when its shape is maintained beneath the frosting; crisp corners and a sense of structure saves this beauty from looking stumpy. The sharp contrast of the white stand gives it a contemporary look. See a recipe for Very Moist Chocolate Layer Cake » [Back to Haute Cakes: Modern Cake Decorations »Tara O'Brady
Glossy frosting
Chocolate-based frostings will lose their sheen if refrigerated, so be sure to bring them to room temperature before serving-- both for looks and taste. To aid the process, follow Dorie Greenspan's advice and restore their shine and supple texture with a gentle puff of warm air from a hair dryer. [Back to Haute Cakes: Modern Cake Decorations »Tara O'Brady
Smooth Sides
A sturdy frosting and an offset spatula with a flexible blade are keys to clean sides. For a perfect finish, run the spatula under hot water and dry well before smoothing the top coat of icing. Here, an asymmetrical garnish reinforces the lines of the cake and a rustic wooden cake plate underscores its natural beauty. See a Seven Spoons recipe for Strawberry Ice Box Cake » [Back to Haute Cakes: Modern Cake Decorations »Tara O'Brady
Garnish
Raspberries and crushed pistachios echo the flavors of this cake while a sprinkle of white nonpareils adds another texture and brightens the colors. See a Seven Spoons recipe for Coconut Cream Icebox Cake » [Back to Haute Cakes: Modern Cake Decorations »Tara O'Brady
Confetti Cake
A simple cake is easily dressed up with a scattering of rainbow sprinkles; the secret is allowing enough empty space to balance the colour. A stocky pedestal in a pastel shade complements the whimsical garnish but does not overwhelm it. [Back to Haute Cakes: Modern Cake Decorations »Tara O'Brady
Ribbon Cake
Inspired by the frill of rose petals and crinoline skirts, a rustic blend of three marbled buttercreams creates a textured, sunset-tinged effect. The handsome wood stand serves as a counterpoint to the feminine cake. See a Seven Spoons recipe for Carrot Cake » [Back to Haute Cakes: Modern Cake Decorations »Tara O'Brady
Scalloped Cake
A ruffled pattern is easily achieved by pulling the tip of a broad palette knife through the frosting. Repeat the pattern vertically, rather than staggered (like a brick wall), to keep the look neat and modern. [Back to Haute Cakes: Modern Cake Decorations »Tara O'Brady