How to get a quilted pattern look on cake icing or fondant

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How to get a quilted pattern look on cake icing or fondant
You can make quilted patterns in icing or fondant. (John Burke/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Successful decorating begins with learning basic techniques. Embossing lines in a lattice pattern creates an elegant quilted look on cake icing or fondant. You can decorate an ordinary cake easily and professionally with a few inexpensive tools such as a roll and cut mat and a cutter/embosser wheel. A roll and cut mat has a non-stick surface to easily release fondant, and an embossed wheel creates quilted lines in fondant and icing effortlessly. You can use a quilted pattern for baby shower, bridal shower, wedding or garden-themed party cakes.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Fondant
  • Roll and cut mat
  • Cutter/embosser
  • Rolling pin
  • Straight edge ruler
  • Confectioners sugar
  • Cake
  • Icing
  • Icing spatula

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Sprinkle the mat and rolling pin with confectioner's sugar. Place the fondant on the mat and roll out to 1/8 inch thickness with the rolling pin. Sprinkle the rolled fondant with confectioner's sugar.

  2. 2

    Attach the straightedge wheel to the cutter/embosser by snapping the axle into the handle slot. Cut the fondant into the size required to fit cake, with the straightedge wheel. Use the pre-marked circles on the mat as guides for exact sizing. Remove the excess fondant from around the cut piece.

  3. 3

    Remove the straightedge wheel and attach the embossed-edge wheel to the cutter/embosser. Create diagonal lines one inch apart by lightly rolling the embosser-edge wheel from one side to the other over your cut piece of fondant. Use a straight edge ruler to guide the wheel for straight lines.

  4. 4

    Roll the embossed-edge wheel in the opposite direction to create a diamond quilted pattern. Use the straight edge ruler to guide the wheel for straight lines. Lift fondant from mat and attach to cake.

  1. 1

    Ice the top and side of cake 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Create a smooth surface with an icing spatula.

  2. 2

    Attach the embossed-edge wheel to the cutter/embosser by snapping the axle into the handle slot. Roll the embosser-edge wheel lightly from one side to the other over the top surface of cake, creating diagonal lines one inch apart.

  3. 3

    Continue making diagonal lines down the side of the cake. Use the lines from the top of the cake as guides.

  4. 4

    Roll the embossed-edge wheel lightly in the opposite direction to create a diamond quilted pattern on top. Continue making diagonal lines down the side of cake to create a diamond quilted pattern.

Tips and warnings

  • Icing should be medium to stiff consistency.
  • Refrigerate iced cake 30 minutes prior to creating quilted effect.
  • You can create a quilted effect directly on fondant-covered cake.

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