How to Decorate a Cake With Swiss Dots

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How to Decorate a Cake With Swiss Dots
Swiss dots are simple to master and add elegance to any cake. (Creatas Images/Creatas/Getty Images)

Swiss dots are one of the easiest cake decorating techniques to master. These dots, which are usually tiny, add simple elegance to a fondant- or buttercream-covered cake. Dots placed at even intervals around the cake give a sophisticated look, while random dots add whimsy. Choose a monochromatic icing colour or white for traditional events, or use bright colours for informal affairs.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Straight pin
  • Water or pasteurised egg whites
  • Royal icing
  • Offset metal spatula
  • Parchment paper
  • Spoon
  • Scissors
  • Cake, fondant- or icing-covered

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  1. 1

    Gently press the tip of your straight pin into the icing where the Swiss dots will be placed.

  2. 2

    Add a small amount of water or egg whites to your royal icing. Touch the icing with your spatula and immediately lift straight up. If the icing forms a peak at the point of contact, add more water or egg whites. If the icing rolls back down to form a ball, it is the right consistency for piping.

  3. 3

    Create a small parchment-paper cone. Spoon a few tablespoons of icing into the cone and snip a tiny hole at the point. Fold the cone top closed.

  4. 4

    Hold the paper cone at a 90-degree angle to your cake surface. Lightly squeeze the cone to produce a ball of icing. Pull the bag away. The peak will fold back into the ball. Continue piping Swiss dots around your cake as desired.

Tips and warnings

  • Use a fabric measuring tape to accurately place Swiss dots at equal intervals.

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