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Creative Cake Textures: Part 1 - Marble Effects

Updated: Sep 14, 2023

As you may have gathered from my website and social media, I’m all about the textures. I find inspiration all over the place and inspiring surface textures can be found in the most unlikely of areas.

Often a venue will inspire a cake design, it might be ornate details on a ceiling rose or the crumbling walls in an outdoor folly.

This cake was made using the granite technique in my tutorial and was inspired by the interior walls at the stunning wedding venue, Langley Abbey. The cake fitted into the historic space and was complimented by the natural styling of Wild Folk and ceramics by Eleanor Torbati Photographed here by the talented Salsabil Morrisson Photography

In my Expert Texture Techniques course, I demonstrate lots of ways to create interesting textures and to add bit more reference, I thought I’d go through what is included in the tutorial and show how I’ve used the techniques in my own work.

So first up, marbling...

Marbling with sugarpaste can be done in a variety of ways and has been a very popular technique n the world of cake decorating in the last few years.

The beauty of a marble effect is in its unpredictability. You never know exactly how it will turn out and that is half the fun.

You can of course control the quantities of colours you use and how much or little you manipulate the sugarpaste before rolling out but on the whole, it’s often a surprise result.

Despite having been around for a fair few years, it’s a look that brides and celebration clients alike still choose.

As well as applying marbled fondant to cakes I use the same techniques to create cookie toppers as personalised edible wedding favours.

I’ve also combined a marbled base with stencils to create toppers for cupcakes as shown in this video:

If you'd like to learn several methods of creating a marble technique, and then move on to slightly more textured surfaces such as granite, crackles and metallic surfaces, have a look at my Expert Texture Techniques course which features 7 videos with over 3 ½ hours of lesson content.

I’ll continue going through the other techniques in the next few parts of this blog series.

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