Whether you’re in love with lemon or love you some limes, this Swish of Citrus Spatula Painted Cake is the summertime treat you need. Decorated by swiping various shades of icing onto the bottom of the cake using a 9 in. spatula, this cake is an artistic and fun way to have fun decorating. You can see this cake and many more in the How to Decorate Cakes & Desserts kit, filled with lots of tutorials, inspiration and even a few must-have tools for cake decorating.
Bake cake. Prepare cake batter following recipe instructions. Bake and cool two cake layers. Level, fill and stack layers for 6 in. high cake. Ice cake smooth.
Tint icing. Combine Golden Yellow and Lemon Yellow icing colors to get yellow color shown. Combine Lemon Yellow and Golden Yellow icing colors to get bright yellow color shown. Combine Moss Green and Lemon Yellow icing colors to get medium green color shown. Combine Lemon Yellow and Leaf Green icing colors to get bright green color shown. Combine Lemon Yellow and Moss Green icing colors to get light green color shown. Using color combinations provided, tint ¼ cup icing each yellow, bright yellow, medium green, bright green and light green. Using Lemon Yellow icing color, tint ¼ cup icing medium yellow.
Decorate cake. Starting at bottom of cake and swiping upwards, use tip of spatula to swipe colors on cake. Alternate colors as desired. Wipe off excess icing as needed between swipes.
Cut lemon and lime rinds to form curls; arrange on top of cake for garnish.
A spatula can be used to add texture and pops of color to a cake. Begin with an iced cake. Prepare your color palette of tinted buttercreams before starting this project. Thin consistency icing is key to prevent too much dragging. Spatula painting can be used sparingly or to decorate a whole cake.