Knitted Cake. {Technique, Piping}

It’s been so cold here lately (because Canada) and I’ve practically been living in cable knit sweaters, aren’t they just the coziest?

A mixture of my current wardrobe, and having seen this trendy cake all over (like this one and this one), inspired me to make this knitted cake!

Most of the knitted cakes I’ve seen are made from silicone molds (which I don’t currently own), so I decided to use what I have on hand which is my favourite piping tips from PME and some royal icing.

I took a lot of inspiration from all the gorgeous cable knit sweaters on Pinterest (check out my board here). I also played around with different techniques and layered them on top of one another until it looked all sweater-y and warm.

I’m going to show you the 3 techniques I used to make this cake along with the 5 piping tips. After that, you can get creative and mix and match them to make your own knitted cake too.

I swear, you can do it! Here we go.

Knitted Cake. {Piping, Technique}

Tools + Ingredients

 

Tools.

Fondant Covered Dummy Cake, I used this 7”x5” Dummy (or real cake)

Cake Drum, I used this size

Soft 12″ Piping Bag

Piping Coupler

Cake Turntable (hands down my favourite here, it’s so worth the investment if you’re making cakes)

Damp Towels (keep your tips in here when switching and taking breaks)

Scriber Tool (like this one that I use) or a pointy wooden skewer

PME Tips- #2, #13, #42, #43, #44 (I buy all of mine here)

 

Ingredients.

One Batch of stiff Royal Icing (my recipe here!)

 

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There's lots of great options like this one or this one

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Designing Your Cake

When designing your knitted cake I suggest you take a look around Pinterest/online and find one or two sweaters you like. The sweaters I was inspired by and kept referring back to were this one and this one. I took elements of each and integrated them into my design on the cake.

I find that if you put multiple of the following techniques (below) next to one another and layer them, it really helps capture the feel of the cable knit sweater.

For example, see the bottom design on the photo below- I start with a braid going right down the center using a PME 44. Next, I put a rope on either side of it using the same PME 44, then on either side of the ropes I use a PME 42 to make a smaller, more delicate braid.

You can mix and match the different techniques below and design a cake that looks just like your favourite sweater.

The Wave Texture

To start this knitted cake, I wanted some texture. I checked out lots of sweaters and came up with a simple way to create something similar by using a PME 2 tip to pipe litte waves.

Technique

Have your piping tip resting very gently on the surface of your cake. With even and constant pressure make tiny waves up and down in a straight line across. When you get to the end of where you want the wave, simply stop applying pressure and pull your piping bag away from the surface. These don’t have to be perfect! These waves are just there to add some interest underneath your main design.

*If you have trouble staying in a straight line you can mark a few points using a ruler and your scribing tool along where you want the first wave line to be. Once you get the first wave down it should be easier to follow that same line for the proceeding ones.

The Braid

This braid is my favourite technique to layer on itself and pipe multiple rows of because it gives this knitted cake lots of texture.

Technique

If you’re trying this out for the first time have a line to mark the direction in which you want your braid to go.

Start from the top left of the marked line with one of the small PME star tips (42, 43, 44) and pipe with even pressure diagonally down to the right at a 45 degree angle. When you’re almost at the point where you want the line to finish, release the pressure slightly and tack the line down to your surface before stopping pressure completely and lifting off.

Start your next line on top of your previous line about halfway, and pipe over it in the opposite direction. It should cover the spot where you lifted off previously and should end once you can touchdown on the other side.

*Every time you start a new line think of tucking it into the corner of the previous one so that it looks like continuous pieces of yarn being braided together.

The Rope

This technique is a staple in Lambeth piping, so it’s a very useful one to learn if you’re looking to further your piping skills.

Technique

Making this border I always think of drawing little commas, with the tail of the last tucked into the next. You can make a light line to guide you at first as we did with the braid. Start to the left of the line and apply even pressure to create a comma shape, ending near the center of the line, touching down and releasing. Repeat and nestle the beginning of the next comma into the curve of the last. Allow the comma to come up and over the tail of the last one to give height.

I hope this provided you with a jumping off point to make your very own knitted cake! If you have piping, design, or any other questions, leave a comment and I’ll be happy to help out.

I can’t wait to see what you create! (tag me on social media @finespuncakess)
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