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Cornelli Lace

The perfect look for formal presentations, such as wedding and anniversary cupcakes. The precise, lacy design of this freehand technique depends on the continuous curving strings that do not overlap or touch.
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Step 1

Fit decorating bag with round decorating tip 2 and fill no more than 1/4 full with thin consistency icing.

Step 2
Step 2

Hold the bag at a 90° angle, with tip slightly above the surface so that icing attaches without scraping the cake with the tip or flattening the icing lines.

Step 3
Step 3

Starting at the edge of the area being filled in, pipe a continuous curving line of icing, curving it up, down and around until the area is covered and you?ve reached an edge of the area. Make certain curving lines never touch or cross.

Step 4
Step 4

Stop pressure; pull tip away.

Step 5


Pipe one continuous curving line of icing, bringing the end to an outside edge; don?t leave any loose ends.

Try to avoid a visible pattern of lines. Change directions often.

Trim the edges of the Cornelli lace design, or the top and bottom of the cake being covered in Cornelli lace, with a piped border.

Use round decorating tip 1 for a more delicate look.

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Buttercream icing ((thin consistency))

Royal Blue Icing Color

Royal Blue Icing Color (shown)



$1.19 $0.95

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Featherweight Decorating Bags

Featherweight Decorating Bags

Standard Coupler

Standard Coupler

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Cornelli Lace is rated 4.906976744186046 out of 5 by 43.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I have been a beginner cake decorator since August 2010, once I took a Wilton course at Michael's (which I loved!). I had seen the Cornelli Lace on cakes throughout the site and Wilton's wedding books. It's such a classic and beautiful look. Well, I finally tried it last month. It was easy to do and the instructions on the site are very clear. You definitely need the right consistency for the icing, otherwise your hand will get tired. I didn't have a tilting stand for the cake, but I think that would make the decorating a bit more comfortable. Overall, awesome design for simple elegance!
Date published: 2011-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this technique! Its a simple elegance type technique that anyone can pick up really. If you're having trouble with the design, try drawing it on paper until you pick up the "pattern" One thing I've picked up that would help a beginner with the pattern of this random lace: Its a series of R's and S's that never touch. So if you get lost or start to do the same thing... just start alternating R's and S's facing different directions, and remember you're more picky than the people who just want to eat cake!
Date published: 2010-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is the perfect way to cover imperfections in your fondant. When the fondant folds at the bottom of a tall cake you can use this lace technique to cove those. It makes the cake look elegant and it is not too hard. The free form makes it easier to move around the cake if you are doing the whole border. I agree with a previous comment, do not fill the bag too much otherwise it is too much pressure for your hand. Too bad I can not attached pictures of my cakes in here!
Date published: 2010-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is my absolute favorite decorating technique. Hand fatigue can be avoided, or at least lessened, by not over-filling the bag. Again, you would want to work at eye level if possible, and be able to tilt the cake if you are also placing on the sides. Besides its own beauty, it can cover less than perfect icing on the cake under the lace. It can be the main attraction of a cake, of just a part of it; same color as the icing, or different. Always just elegant!
Date published: 2010-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I have used this technique more than any other and it is always a hit. So easy and really pretty! I've put it on engagement and anniversary cakes as well as birthday cakes. Its such fun to do and makes such a pretty presentation. Everyone thinks its so hard and I sometimes keep it a secret as to how easy it is to do. Its such a time saver when you really dont know how to decorate a cake and when using cornelli lace it always is a show stopper!!!!!!
Date published: 2010-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I absolutely LOVE Cornelli Lace. It is so elegant, especially as a border on a tiered cake. While the technque itself is somewhat easy, I have very poor hand strength so I tend to cramp up rather frequently. That being said, this pattern is very forgiving when it comes to start n stop stringing; it's barely noticeable. To combat hand fatigue, I tend to make my frosting a little less stiff when working with such a narrow tip.
Date published: 2010-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I used this to decorate my son's wedding cake. I was self taught and it took only a little practice to get the technique so the cake went well with the Wilton Cross cake topper. The cake turned out beautifully. I strongly recommend this technique for an elegant but simple cake. If you've never done it before, just a few minutes practice on waxed paper is all you need to get a great lacy looks.
Date published: 2010-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Being ask to make a "joke" cake for a fellow employee of a woman's bust, I had to dress it up so it was modest enough to take to work. After masking the shaped cake, I airbrushed a light layer of black coloring for the bra area. That left it appearing almost transparent. But, I didn't want to risk leaving it that way for fear of someone being offended. At that point I decided to try the Cornelli Lace. The directions were so easy to understand and put into use that I was amazed. The lace provided enough coverage that it wouldn't be too suggestive but allowed, at the same time, the illusion of the bra being see-thru. It was the perfect application for this project. Thank you so much for providing these instructions! The only issue I had was that it had to be so closely applied it was hard to not touch the lines that were next to each other. Just keep your eyes working a split second ahead of your tip.
Date published: 2010-12-02
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