I have always wanted to decorate a snowflakes wedding cake. I think snowflakes make such elegant cake decoration especially the 3D intricate ones.
So I designed this snowflakes themed wedding cake and decorated with intricate hand-piped snowflakes. And, I accented the cake with a touch of dark blue to add a bit of color to the cake.
A Snowflakes wedding cake with white snowflakes and pretty blue stripes and dots
This was a 3 tier cake all covered in fondant. The dark blue vertical lines on the third tier were piped in royal icing while the dark blue horizontal strip on the second tier was cut out of fondant. All the borders and the dark blue polka dots on the top tier were all in royal icing, including the snowflakes.
How to Make a Snowflakes Wedding Cake
Main supplies for the snowflakes wedding cake:
- Styrofoam dummies - The entire cake was of styrofoam dummy. Each block was 4 inches tall. The top tier was 6 inches in diameter, the second 9 inches and the bottom 12 inches in diameter.
- Fondant - I used Satin Ice fondant in white to cover the entire cake.
- Royal icing - I used this to make the snowflakes on the cake, as well as all the piping work.
- Food coloring - I used Wilton royal blue gel food color to color both the fondant and the royal icing.
- Parchment paper - This was used to trace my snowflakes as templates for piping the snowflakes.
- Piping tip number 3 and disposable piping bags - I used tip #3 for the blue vertical lines, the polka dots, and the borders for all 3 levels of the wedding cake. I also used the same tip to pipe the snowflakes on the cake.
- Pizza cutting wheel - This was used to cut the dark blue fondant strip that was attached to the second tier of the cake.
- Thread - this is to guide in marking the vertical lines on my bottom tier cake which in turn was used as a guide for piping the dark blue vertical lines.
- Wooden pick - These picks were also used to guide me in marking the vertical lines on my third cake layer.
- Icing sugar & sieve - I used this to dust the cake board.
- Shortening - Shortening was the 'glue' for this project.
Putting the cake together:
The wedding snowflakes template
- I started by making the snowflakes first. Since I made these with royal icing, I had to give them enough time to set and harden before I could place them on the cake.
- I used my own snowflakes template which I drew by hand based on images I found on the internet. I made them in a few different sizes. And I also made quite a number of copies of the templates on parchment paper. This way, I could pipe all the snowflakes at once instead of having to wait for the snowflakes to set and dry one by one before I could do more.
Making the edible and delicate snowflakes
- In piping the snowflakes, I made sure my royal icing was of stiff consistency. Since I was using tip #3, I double piped each snowflake, meaning after the first round of piping, I repeated the process with a second layer of piping on the first layer. This is so that the snowflakes don't break when I am peeling them off the parchment paper. Too thin a piping will cause the snowflakes to break easily and so instead of making them thicker horizontally, I made them thicker vertically (this helps the snowflakes look thin and intricate while giving them extra resistance towards breaking).
- Once I have completed the piping, I chose 2 of the larger ones. I dusted them with gold sparkle dust while the royal icing was still wet. These were meant to be attached to the side of the second cake tier. I needed only one on the cake. The other one was for contingency, in case of any breakages in the first one.
A pretty and delicate hand piped snowflake on the snowflakes wedding cake
- I left all the piped snowflakes to completely set and harden. I literally mine overnight before removing them from the parchment templates. After that, I kept them aside in a dry container until the rest of the cake was ready.
Assembling the cake
- Next was the cake itself. This was not a real cake, I used styrofoam dummies for the entire cake. And so, I covered each layer separately with white fondant. Click here to see my tutorial on how to cover styrofoam dummies with fondant.
Piping vertical lines on the wedding cake
- For the decoration, I started with the lowest tier. I piped thin dark blue vertical lines all around. To make sure the lines are consistently distributed, I measured and marked the guiding lines on my fondant before piping the lines. I have written a separate tutorial on how I measure and mark the lines and it's available here.
Piped royal icing lines on the wedding cake
Horizontal fondant strip
- For the second tier of the wedding cake, I attached a thick dark blue fondant strip all around the middle of the cake sides. This was cut with my pizza cutting wheel and attached to the cake with shortening. Since I was going to place a large snowflake on this fondant ribbon strip, I made sure the ends of the strip ended at the front of the cake. That way, the ends get covered by the snowflake, making the fondant ribbon strip seamless all around.
Second tier of the wedding cake with a blue horizontal line around it
Blue polka dots
- As for the top tier of the wedding cake, I used the same dark blue royal icing to add polka dots around its sides.
Top tier of the wedding cake with pretty blue polka dots against the white background of the wedding cake
The wedding cake border
- Next were the wedding cake borders. For the bottom tier, I piped 2 tiny dots of dark blue royal icing in between each dark blue line.
Bead border on the third tier of the snowflakes wedding cake
- And I did the same for the second tier border too. This time, it was 2 dots of white royal icing in between each dark blue line.
Bead border on the second tier of the snowflakes wedding cake
- And for the top tier of the wedding cake, I used white royal icing and the same tip #3 for the bead border.
Bead border on the first tier of the snowflakes wedding cake
Attaching the snowflakes
- Next, were the snowflakes. I attached one of my gold sparkles dusted royal icing snowflake to the front of my second cake tier. I used royal icing to hold it in place. The other sparkle dusted snowflake I made broke.
All 3 tiers of the snowflakes wedding cake stacked and decorated
The cake board
- I used the remaining snowflakes for the wedding cake board. And I used a large cake board for this purpose. I attached the snowflakes with dots of white royal icing so that they stayed in place. And then I made dots of blue royal icing. I did this before dusting the cake board with a thin coat of icing sugar.
My snowflakes wedding cake board decorated with royal icing snowflakes
With that, my snowflakes wedding cake was complete. Overall, I wish I had done better with the lines on the 3rd tier. It needs more practice and I hope to do it better next time.
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Happy decorating 🙂