How hard can it be to fling frosting at a cake?
Not hard, but not pretty.
A friend asked if I could do a splatter cake. My response, “I don’t know but it sounds fun!”
Desperate Pinterest/Google-photo-searching ensued. It appeared that mine would either be awful or great … there was no in-between.
I decided to do a practice cake where I literally splattered runny frosting and melted chocolate on a plain cake. I tried splattering with a small paint brush, with a spoon, with a dowel rod, with a knife, with a toothpick and with my fingers. It looked awful. I began to panic a bit.
I quickly got a hold of myself and realized that this experiment did yield valuable information: The frosting splatters looked best using a knife (to fling) or toothpick (to drizzle or paint). Melted chocolate worked better than frosting, by far.
This cake was intended to be a 4-layer cake, but one of my cakes stuck to the pan (argh!) and so I had to make do. I tinted my buttercream frosting to a light teal color. Then frosted the entire cake and set it aside for an hour to allow the frosting to harden a tad.
The next step was to “splatter” the cake. I decided at the last minute that there would be ZERO splattering. Instead I would make the cake APPEAR to have been painted/splattered. I melted white chocolate and mixed one color at a time and began to use a toothpick to paint, drizzle, make the appearance of splatters. I did white, purple, blue and yellow (in that order).
After the cake looked (to me) like a work of art, I put some more light teal into a bag and piped decorative flowers around the edges. I made a frosting flower and put it in the freezer to harden. Little matching flowers were placed on the cake for added prettiness. Once the frosting flower was hardened I added it to the cake.
Happy “Splattering!” 😉