Brush Embroidery Wedding Cake

Last weekend I did a wedding cake that had brush embroidery on it, which is something that I don't do very often. The cake was based on what I believe (if my memory is correct) was an original Gail Watson design.

Brush embroidery is done with icing that's piped on in the outline of a shape, then dragged with a damp paintbrush from the edge into the center of the shape. It's usually done on fondant using royal icing, but I've seen it done with buttercream. With buttercream it won't look the same, though, it doesn't drag the same way that the royal icing will. It can be done with different colored icings, but this one was done with all white on a blue background.

The first step is to pipe the outline of the shape. I used a number 3 tip for this.
You then take a small paintbrush that's damp, not wet, and drag the icing from the outside of the outline toward the center of the shape.

I wanted more texture, since this was all white, so I went back and overpiped the shape again, then dragged it a little more.

This is a pretty technique and is nice for cakes that are a little "softer" in appearance. It's good for flowers and leaves, and if you use different colors you can get a nice watercolor effect that also has a little texture to it.

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