Simple Frosting Finishes

Peaks

Smooth frosting over top and sides of cake. With an icing spatula or small flat metal spatula, press a flat side of the spatula tip in frosting and pull straight up, forming a peak. Repeat over top and sides of cake.

Swirls

Smooth frosting over top and sides of cake. Use the back of a tablespoon or teaspoon to make a small twisting motion in one direction. Then move the spoon over a little and make another twist in the opposite direction. Repeat until entire cake is covered.

Swirls

Smooth frosting over top and sides of cake. With the tip of an icing spatula or small flat metal spatula, make a swirling or waving movement over top and sides of cake.

Scallops

Smooth frosting over top of cake. Turn a teaspoon tip side down and press the tip in rows across the top of the cake, making scallop marks in frosting.

Waves

Run the tines of a table fork through the frosting in a wavy motion. You can also use a cake comb.

Cake Comb

Smooth frosting over top and sides of cake. It is easier if you can place the cake on a turntable. Hold cake comb at a 45° angle to the side of the cake and rotate the turntable until entire side of the cake is scored. If a turntable is not available, just sweep the comb around the side of the cake.

Cake Comb

For the top of the cake, sweep the comb over the top in a circular pattern.