How to Decorate Wedding Cakes With Cornelli Lace


Besides the traditional tiered round wedding cake, brides are choosing various shapes and designs, such as cakes that are square, octagon, hexagon, oval or heart-shaped. Cornelli lace is a simple decorating technique that creates a lace-like pattern and can make even the most basic wedding cake look elegant. An entire wedding cake can be decorated with nothing but the cornelli lace, fresh or silk flowers and ribbons. Another option is to decorate the wedding cake with cornelli lace and dots to compliment the lace and beading on the bridal gown.

  • Frost the tops and sides of all layers of the wedding cake.

  • Plan the design of the wedding cake. A three layer cake could have cornelli lace on the top and bottom layers, while the middle layer is decorated with dots. A layered cake that is stacked on top of one another could be decorated with cornelli lace on the tops of the cake, with flowers on the side. A single cake could be decorated with fresh or silk flowers with a ribbon design filled in by piping cornelli lace.

  • Fill a decorating bag with thin consistency icing in the color of choice. Use a thin, round decorating tip, such as tip number one.

  • Hold the bag and tip at a 90 degree angle. Gently squeeze the bag with consistent pressure and pipe a continuous string of icing by moving the tip in curvy lines going up, down and around, without touching itself, in a random pattern. This is the cornelli lace technique, as the pattern creates a lacy look. Continue piping the cornelli lace until area is covered.

  • Pipe a shell bottom and top border on each tier.

  • Add ribbons, fresh or silk flowers and other adornments, such as a cake topper, as desired.

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