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Elegant Cakes – Sunday Sweets: Fun and Fondant Free
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Sunday Sweets: Fun and Fondant Free

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Believe it or not, you CAN have a gorgeous cake without fondant! And I have proof!

Glass-smooth icing, perfect piping, and buttery soft flowers that make you want to dive in face-first?

YES PLEASE.

 

A bunch of today’s Sweets will have you doing double-takes:

At first glance, you’d swear this was fondant! Other than the white chocolate centers on the ruffles, though, that’s all buttercream.

 

It doesn’t have to be fondant-smooth to be a stellar Sweet, though; some bakers actually use the buttercream texture to their advantage:

Aha! Edible paints! Brilliant.

 

Or how about something like this?

Love that ombre fade! And imagine how boring it would be without the extra icing texture.

 

I bet you’ve seen this technique over on Pinterest:

SO FUN. And even better, it’s actually something we mere mortals can do!
(In a nut shell: Pipe a large dot, smear with a spoon, repeat!)

 

But supposing you DO want the smooth look of fondant.
It can be done!

That gumpaste ribbon really helps sell the look.

 

Oooh, now this next one made me do a triple-take:

 

How is that all buttercream?? And how the heck did they pipe that ruffly tier? I’d be dragging my wrist through it by the second line!

 

And another mind-bogglingly intricate piping job:

Just looking at all that lace is giving my hand sympathy pains. WOW. Can you imagine?

 

Now, personally, I’m a big fan of excessive frilliness from time to time:

Ahhhhh. Love it.

 

But there’s also a lot to be said for bold, modern patterns:

Not to mention poppies are my favorite flower – so brush-embroidered poppies? Suh-WEET!

 

This baby shower cake has it all: flowers, dots, perfect pattern piping, and even stripes!

Plus I love those colors. So springy.

 

And finally, a stunning combination of buttercream flowers, brush embroidery, and what I think is a cornelli lace variation:

The background pattern reminds me of the subtle crackle/glazing you see on fine china. SO PRETTY!

 

Hope you guys enjoyed today’s fondant-free fancies! Happy Sunday!

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