Fault line Cake tutorial with painted rosettes

fault line cake with palette knife painted buttercream roses

Here’s a fault line cake tutorial that’s so in trend right now!

I made this cake for my sister’s birthday party. It is a vanilla cake with layers of strawberry buttercream (which is our signature buttercream mixed with fresh strawberry compote), covered with vanilla Signature buttercream! It was so lush, the whole cake was gone in minutes!

I have to say I am soooo glad to see so many of you experiment with buttercream. My students have been telling me that there’s an increased demand for buttercream cakes amongst their customers whether it as a Unicorn floral cake, or water colour ombre cake or the classic buttercream blooms on cake! Buttercream is such a creative medium for cake decorating!

As you can tell, I love buttercream, and I can sing praises all day long! 🙂

Let’s get started;

Step 1) Prepare the structure by stacking cake layers and cake boards in the order below. I have no dowels here.

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Step 2)

Pipe a lot of drop flowers resembling Hydrangeas using Wilton 224 nozzle. I have prepared the piping bags layering pink and purple buttercream.

Step 3 & 4) Cover your bottom and top cake layers with an even layer of buttercream.

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Step 5 & 6) Smooth the buttercream using a Cake smoother

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Step 7) Using a piping bag with Wilton 352 nozzle and green buttercream, pipe leaves.

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Step 8) Here’s a little video on how to paint roses using palette knives. This is the technique I have used to paint the pink rosettes.

My version of the Fault line cake combining both flower piping and palette knife painting!

Palette knife painting is an upcoming trend, so experimental and extremely artistic! Once you learn the technique, it can be done fairly quickly too. Another thing I like about this technique is that you can be as defined or abstract as you like!

Have you checked out this free intro video of our palette knife painted cake in the Online School? This is an abstract design perfect if you’d like to get started!

Credits where it is due 🙂

Products used – I have used Wilton gel colours for the blooms and Rainbow dust gold colour to add texture to the painted rosettes.

Cake Recipe credit Maggie Austin Book

Hope you enjoyed this Fault line cake tutorial.

Until next time 🙂