How to make an icing look like a feather

Updated March 23, 2017

When making cakes, cupcakes or cookies for a party or other festive occasion, try decorating them with the feather icing technique. Feather icing resembles a bird's feather, hence its name. This icing technique can also be used to give the bottom point of a heart a long, curved tail, and to create the webs on a spider web. When creating a feathered look, it is important to work quickly as the technique is difficult to complete if the icing dries and becomes hard.

Lay the cake on a flat surface and frost as you normally would. It is easier to spread icing when the cake is cool to the touch.

Add a round decorating tip to the icing bag, and fill with icing. Use a different colour than the icing you used to frost the cake.

Hold the tip of the icing bag 1/4 inch over the cake and squeeze gently. Start at the top of the cake, 1 inch from the outer edge, ending at the bottom of the cake. To create clean-looking lines, do not move your hands to create the piping. Instead, hold the bag still while pulling your shoulders back. Create vertical lines, 1 to 2 inches a part.

Place the tip of the toothpick on the vertical edge of the cake, and drag it horizontally through the piped lines. Continue, spacing the feathered lines 2 inches apart.

Turn the cake 180 degrees and repeat the process with the toothpick creating the feathers in between the first lines.

Things You'll Need

  • Cake
  • Icing, 2 different colours
  • Piping bag
  • Toothpick
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