Spatula Icing Techniques


If you find it challenging to ice a cake smoothly, try spatula icing. It’s a great way to hide imperfections, create texture and add visual interest to cakes. Begin this technique with a fresh, roughly iced cake. Spatula icing is a versatile technique that can also be used to decorate other treats. Try it with sheet cakes, cookies and brownies.
Skill Level: Beginner

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Step 1
Step 1

Spatula Icing: Ribbons
Place the tip of the spatula against the bottom of the cake on a slight angle. Press into the icing but not so much that the spatula touches the cake underneath.

Step 2
Step 2

In a simultaneous motion, slowly spin the turntable while moving the spatula upward. Stop when you reach the top edge of the cake.

Step 3
Step 3

Smooth down any icing that comes up to the edge by swiping it inward to the center of the cake.

Step 4
Step 4

To create the spiral effect on top, place the tip of the Angled Spatula on a slight angle on the center of the cake.

Step 5
Step 5

In a simultaneous motion, slowly spin the turntable while moving the spatula outward to the edge of the cake. Stop when you reach the edge.

Note: This project requires a turntable.

Step 6
Step 6

Spatula Icing: Vertical Lines

Place the tip of the Angled Spatula against the bottom of the cake. Press into the icing so that it creates a deep impression without touching the cake underneath.

Step 7
Step 7

Drag the spatula upward. Remove excess icing on the spatula before starting the next line.

Step 8
Step 8

Leave a very small space between swipes to keep the look of a ridge. Repeat the process until the sides are finished.

Step 9
Step 9

Smooth any icing that comes up to the edge by swiping it inward towards the center of the cake.

Hint: This technique can also be used for diagonal lines.

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