The top tier was 6" tall and the bottom two were 4" tall. I started with dark purple buttercream and added strokes of icing around the bottom tier using an impasto technique, which is layering the icing on with the end of the spatula so that it stands out from the surface of the cake slightly.
After a couple of rows I realized that it would be easier to ice a stripe around the cake in the color that would be the next row, then drag the spatula through the icing to make the marks. This gave a more even pattern than applying each stroke individually did.
|This is what I use cupcake pans for.|
I also iced the board in the same purple as the bottom of the cake so that it would blend in, but I only did that when the cake was delivered and set up. I would have stuck my finger into the icing on the board while picking it up if I did it before delivery!
Kara Buntin owns A Cake To Remember LLC, custom wedding cakes in Richmond VA