How to Make Pearl Borders on a Wedding Cake Using Buttercream

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Pearl borders create an elegant and beautiful touch on any wedding cake. Pearl borders are most often made using fondant icing since it holds shape well and is easy to mold. However, many people prefer the taste of buttercream icing. With some practice and patience, it is possible to make buttercream pearl borders on your wedding cake that will look just as good and taste even better than fondant pearl borders.

Things You'll Need

  • Coupler
  • Coupler ring
  • Writing tip
  • Piping bag
  • Buttercream icing
  • White luster powder
  • Place the coupler inside the piping bag and push it down to the tip. Put the writing tip onto the coupler outside of the bag and screw the coupler ring onto the coupler until it is securely in place.

  • Fill the piping bag half full with buttercream icing. Push the icing in the bag to the tip to ensure there are no air bubbles. Twist the end of the bag so that the icing stays in the bag while you are piping.

  • Hold the tip over the cake and squeeze until the pearl is the size you like. Release the pressure and then pull the tip away.

  • Repeat Step 3, icing in a counter-clockwise direction until the border is finished.

  • Sprinkle white luster powder over the pearl border to give it a pearl - like sheen.

Tips & Warnings

  • Practice on parchment paper before icing the cake.
  • Icing in a slow steady motion will ensure the pearls are uniform in size.
  • Place the cake on a lazy susan to make icing easier.

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References

  • "Martha Stewart's Wedding Cakes"; Martha Stewart and Wendy Kromer; 2007
  • Photo Credit Dynamic Graphics/Creatas/Getty Images
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