Pattern Me Pretty: 8 Pattern Techniques to Try

Posted by on Nov 17, 2013 in Cake Decorating | Comments


I love a good pattern — chevron, stripes, polka dots — there’s something soothing about the consistent, eye-catching repetition. There’s lots of ways to create pattern on your cake: fondant, modeling chocolate, buttercream, royal icing piping, even hand painting.

Have a look at these fun patterned cakes and get inspired to repeat your process!

Tiered Cake with Colorful Ruffled DecorationsPhoto via Bobbette & Belle

Buttercream fan patterned cake:

The lemon, tangerine and pink colors come together beautifully on this simple but effective buttercream ribbon fan patterned cake iced onto tiers of fondant.

Blue Chevron Cakes, on CraftsyPhoto via Craftsy member Yane

Blue chevron zigzag patterned cake:

I was drawn to the shades of blue on this chevron patterned cake by Craftsy member Yane. It reminds me of an ice skater wearing a cozy knit sweater, practicing a single axel on a frozen outdoor pond. Yane created this cake while enrolled in Jessica Harris’ Clean & Simple Cake Design class.

If you love the chevron look, you’ll love our roundup of 10 trendy chevron cakes.

Tiered Green Cake with White Detailing Photo via Craftsy member elaine rhule

Mint green vintage-inspired patterned cake:

This unique cake features a pretty vintage mint green color, tiers in varying sizes, and a clever use of pattern. It reminds me of vintage wallpaper in a rattan furnished sitting room. The sugar flower lily perched on top adds a nice pale pink contrast color, too!

Do you go gaga for green? Check out more gorgeous green cakes here.

Cake with Chevron Design and MoustachePhoto via Craftsy member Whisk Me Away

Mustache chevron patterned cake:

This fun 1st birthday cake was also created as a project for the Clean & Simple Cake Design class. It utilizes the waxed paper transfer method taught in the class. This cake has great colors, from the tomato red to the sky blue, and the colors combined with the fun pattern give the cake a retro circus feel. The strongman mustache only adds to the fun!

See more fun 1st birthday cakes here.

White Cake with Chevron DesignPhoto via Craftsy member Cake Arcade

Simple, pretty chevron cake with sugar flower:

I love this simple, single-tiered cake with its pretty bubblegum pink chevron stripes offset by one gold line of luster dust, and finished with a pretty, ruffly antique-looking sugar flower.

Rainbow-Themed Birthday cakePhoto via Craftsy member Beckycakes

Rainbow candyland patterned cake:

How fun is this brightly colored rainbow scalloped cake? Beckycakes calls it a Candyland cake. The scalloped line technique is also taught in the Clean & Simple Cake Design Craftsy class. The fondant rainbow pearl border and the candy-cane twisted fondant effect for the rosettes earn this cake extra cuteness points in my book.  Also, look at that fondant cartoon Zoe popping up to say “hi” as a cake topper. Adorable!

See more fun colorful rainbow cakes here.

Colorful Topsy-turvy patterned cake, on www.craftsy.comPhoto via Craftsy instructor Richard Ruskell

Topsy-turvy patterned cake:

This fun cake by Craftsy instructor Richard Ruskell features some amazing cake decorating elements, including the topsy-turvy cake structure, a collected blossoming of sugar flowers, and embossed silicone mold fondant. It’s almost as if this cake was all set for a perfect wedding and then the wind came and started to blow it over! A great cake idea for an Alice in Wonderland-themed wedding or birthday part, or for a wedding where the couple has a keen sense of fun and whimsy.

Want to try your own topsy-turvy cake? Learn how in Richard’s Topsy-Turvy Cake Construction class!

Tomorrow on the Craftsy blog, we’ll share tips for building a Web site for your cake business!

What are your favorite patterns to apply to cake?