I am excited to announce a new video series on MyOnlineWeddingHelp.com–cake decorating tutorials showing, in detail, step-by-step instructions on how to ice and decorate the rustic wedding cake in the photo at left. (Tip for when using non-food-grade material: back it with wax paper before putting on the cake.) The best part is it’s easier than you may think. You can do this without decorating bags or tips and you do *not* need experience.
What’s in the new section?
At the beginning and end of each video you will find what I call a menu, where there will be links to each of six videos and this page. The cue that you are in a menu section will be my black shirt. In the actual tutorials I’m wearing salmon with polka dots. You can always skip past this part at the beginning of any video by going straight to 1:05.
The main video is below. It shows the process of assembling the cake. Since I have no decorating experience and little natural craftiness, my videos are geared toward helping those with limited talent figure out how to DIY. Consequently, I show you easier methods than you may find in videos from experts. Additionally, I share tips for avoiding some of the pitfalls you may run into.
The six additional videos demonstrate, in detail, how to make some of the decorations and create the icing effects.
Here is an outline with links to the videos, followed by the main video:
- Basic Rustic Look. This is the method of thickly applying buttercream icing and is the first step in creating the look on any of the three tiers.
- Bottom Tier Icing. This technique creates the illusion of deeply-cragged tree bark, something like an elm tree.
- Center Tier. This icing method looks similar to ruffles without all the work (I admire those who can pipe the icing on and make an awesome-looking ruffle). Here, I create the effect by using a knife tip to dig into the icing.
- Top Tier. I started out trying to use an impression mat, but there are just too many variables to get it right if you are not experienced (interpretation: I couldn’t do it without making a mess). So, this is a way to get a relatively shallow, albeit less precise, tree trunk design. I did a random free form style, but if you wanted to you could try for some sort of design.
- Rustic Love Knot Hearts. These are celtic knots crafted into the shape of a heart instead of the traditional round shape. I used sisal rope for a country look.
- Burlap Leaves. The leaves on the roses in the topper and around the base are made from burlap. I bought silk flowers and switched the green plastic leaves for burlap. I’m actually making an entire flower in this video. To make the leaves for the cake, follow the directions for only the bottom, largest layer. That is the part that goes under the roses.