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Glean Icing Inspiration From These Magnolia Bakery Wedding Cakes

Mar 10 2015 - 3:05pm

Whether you're planning the design of your wedding [1] cake (or just dreaming of one), it's all important to determine the icing decoration. Should you go with rosettes or cornelli lace? If you don't even know the icing terminology to use, Magnolia Bakery [2] shared photos of its wedding cakes along with the names of the various icing techniques, so you can verbalize every detail to your wedding-cake baker.

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For a cake that looks painted on with a palette knife, opt for a sculptural look with cascading flowers.

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A star piping tip, when rotated in a circle, forms a rose shape called rosettes. Cover the whole cake in rosettes, or choose a center layer for surface contrast.

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Swiss-Dot Lace

Let your lace wedding [6] dress and/or veil inspire your cake design.

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Star Flowers

Star flowers floating around the cake's circumference add a touch of femininity.

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Flowers, Leaves, and Vines

Keep the cake pure white but add textural contrast with piped-on flowers, leaves, and vines.

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Spackle Ombré

Spackle refers to the paste used to cover cracks and holes in the wall, and the cake playfully takes on that texture. A pink ombré hue lifts the eyes to the BHLDN rabbit cake topper [10] ($158).

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It doesn't just belong on a cowboy's shirt! Try it on the groom's or the bride's cake.

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Swiped Pearls

Swiped pearls (also called petals) are formed by piping on large pearls of icing, then dragging them at an angle with an offset spatula.

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The icing is piped on using a petal tip. Each petal is piped on top of the other to form a ruffled look. Colorblocking the petals makes the cake pop.

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Gold or Silver Leafing

In between two petaled layers of cake, cover the center layer in gold or silver leafing. The flaky, shimmery appearance is eye-catching!

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Strung Pearls

Piped-on icing dots that touch are called strung pearls.

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Ombré Horizontal Stripes

Combine the bride's and groom's cakes in an ombré vanilla-to-chocolate cake iced in horizontal stripes.

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Pressed Dots

Pressed dots distributed throughout the layers make it look like confetti has been thrown on the cake. Match the dots to your color scheme.

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Fleur de Lis

Keep the cake classic with piped fleur de lis.

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Cornelli Lace

A small round piping tip is used to achieve cornelli lace, which is basically a freehand, curvy design that swirls around the cake, but its edges never touch. The intricate pattern indicates a formal celebration.

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Keep the icing fuss-free and smooth, and let the colorful flowers stacked between the pillars do the talking.

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Clustered Pearls

Though a simple design, clustered pearls instantly change the textural interest of the cake.

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Fancy Frills

Can't decide on one design? Mix and match fancy frills for each layer of cake.

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"Birthday Suit" Cakes

For a casual, modern look, don't ice the cakes completely! Exposing the cake in between the iced layers lets guests know what flavor they're in for.

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