How to decorate a cake with just a fork

chocolate cake with apple on top

It’s not always possible to decorate cakes with fondant due to time constraints. So, every once in a while, I need to apply a quick and easy technique on a cake and be sure that it still looks pretty.

Some of the easy techniques I love to do on cakes involve the use of a spatula… the messy ruffle effect, the petal effect and the whimsical circular effect. These are all done with only a spatula!

But, you can also create a rough and textured look on your cakes with just a fork. It’s very easy and looks pretty cool!

Here is a close-up for the side of the cake…

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And here is a close-up for the top of the cake…

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To do this technique, you will need the following supplies:

Fork
Buttercream icing
Cake

Notes:
– I used chocolate buttercream icing but you can use whatever flavored icing you like.
-Medium to  thin consistency works best.
– Also, avoid using “crusting” buttercream. I tried it and it didn’t look too good.

These are the steps:

Step 1:
-Frost your cake in buttercream icing.
-Place it on a turntable.
-Start off by applying the fork technique to the side of your cake…
-Position your fork horizontally along the side of the cake until you feel that the “teeth” are digging slightly into the icing.
-Now, hold your hands still and start moving your turntable and you will see a cool horizontal line pattern forming.
-Continue to do this until the side of your cake is entirely covered in this pattern.

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Step 2:
-Now, position your fork vertically and start dragging the fork all the way from the bottom of the cake to the top of the cake.
-You will end up with sort of a criss-cross design.
-Continue to do this until the side of your cake is entirely covered in this pattern.

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Step 3:
-For the top of your cake, hold the fork in a bit of an angle.
-Start dragging your fork from the edge of the cake to the center, while moving your turntable.

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Step 4:
-You will end up with a big blob of icing in the center.
-Just scoop it with a spoon and remove it but you will see a disrupted pattern in the center. You can easily fix it by dragging the fork through the centre a few times.
-I used an apple topper on the cake which covered any flaws. So, I didn’t need to fix anything.

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And you are done!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial :)

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Happy caking everyone!

AbeerRizvi
We are 2 of the biggest cake lovers you'll ever meet and obsessed with baking and cake decorating. We blog about all this and much more at Cakewhiz.
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