A lot of people get on Instagram to get outfit inspiration, see pictures of their friends, be inspired to re-decorate their home… and while I do that, lately I get on there for the cake. You know what I’m talking about, heading to the search area on Instagram and watching people decorate cakes! I can watch them pipe buttercream for hours, drool over their perfectly cooked macaroons, and wonder how people have that much patience to do such detail on cookies.
So one day, when I went down this rabbit hole, one of the bakers that I follow (@brittanie.bakes) announced that she was going to do a collaboration! Well, that’s my buzzword this year, because I am focused on doing collaborations both for this blog and for my company, Thrive. She announced she was going to do do a #stripedcakecollab! You’ve seen these cakes popping up all over right? Perfectly iced stripes in different colors? Well, I sure had, and I was scared as all get out to make one. But by golly, I signed myself up for that collab because I knew if I didn’t that it would take me months to get around to making a striped cake.
Enough of the story, let’s get to the cake.
The tools I used:
- Turntable, spatula and scraper ($19.99 – Amazon)
- Wilton Decorating Tip Set ($31.33 – Amazon)
- White Cake Stand ($24.99 – Target, similar)
- Kitchen Aid Mixer ($199.99 – Amazon)
How to Make a Striped Cake:
- Baked the cake using these recipes from my fiesta cupcakes
- Dirty ice the cake in white
- Piped on “stripes” of white and blue
- Then I used my icing scraper and went around and scraped off excess icing until my stripes were smooth. You’ll have to add more icing in spots you’ll see are hollow as you’re doing it. Take your time!
- Next, I added my sprinkles on the bottom, by piling them around the edge of the cake and taking my spatula to push them up and onto the cake
- I then used bright white candy melts and waited until it wasn’t too melty to carefully pipe on the clouds
- Pipe on the blue rope on top
- Add the rest of the sprinkles! The sprinkles are all little packets I mixed together from Michaels! Including those super cute stars.
The recipe I used is the same one from my fiesta cupcakes. You will just need to double the cake recipe. I had just enough buttercream for this 6″ cake, but if you’re going to do a larger cake (or don’t want to cut it too close like me) then you’ll want to double the buttercream as well. It’s a vanilla bean cake from scratch and an American style buttercream recipe.
I’m going to change it up next time and use a different cake recipe, but I’m not sure what to do… I have too many ideas!
- Strawberry Champagne
- Classic Lemon
- Cookie Butter Icing
- Swiss Meringue Buttercream
I better get to baking! And to find more people that will take some of these desserts off my hands before I need a new wardrobe. If you’re local, let me know. I am more likely to bake more if I have friends that will enjoy these desserts, I promise they’re delicioussss.