How to Apply a Lace Decoration on a Wedding Cake


Lace decorations can add a touch of elegance to a wedding cake, whether you're looking for elaborate, over-the-top and incredibly intricate designs or a simple lace pattern. You can create a lace decoration directly on the cake or make them separately and apply them to the cake later, depending on the amount of time and cake-decorating expertise you have. Choose the method that best works for your situation and give yourself time to practice if you've never used a lace decoration on a cake before.

Things You'll Need

  • Icing
  • Round tip
  • Decorating bags
  • Parchment paper
  • Cake board
  • Waxed paper
  • Tip 1

Piped Directly Onto the Cake

  • Make thinned icing in the color of your choice. Use the same color as the frosted cake or a color that complements your wedding colors.

  • Put a small, round tip inside of the decorating bag and fill the bag one-fourth full with thinned icing.

  • Hold the decorating bag at slightly less than a 90-degree angle. Touch a part of the edge of the cake that will be covered with a border.

  • Use even pressure and move the tip up, down and around to produce a lace effect. Change directions often to avoid creating duplicate patterns. Do not overlap any lines.

  • Continue around the cake or to the end of the pattern you are making. For example, create a lace heart.

  • Stop and pull the tip away at the edge of the cake where a border will be formed to end the lace pattern.

Premade Decorations

  • Tape a large piece of parchment paper to an oblong cake board.

  • Trace a lace pattern onto the parchment paper. Use fabric lace as the design, draw your own lace design or choose a premade design purchased at a cake supply store.

  • Lay waxed paper over the pattern.

  • Put Tip 1 inside of a parchment bag and fill it with Royal Icing in the color of your choice.

  • Apply even pressure to the parchment bag as you squeeze out the icing and pull along the lines of the pattern you created.

  • Allow the icing to dry for several hours.

  • Carefully lift the lace pattern from the wax paper with a spatula and place it on the frosted cake, pressing lightly to keep it in place.

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