How to make a two-toned cake with buttercream

Ok, so this two-toned technique has many applications, but I used it to create a landscape on the side of my cub scout cake. It worked so well, I can’t wait to find a good reason to use it again! Wait until you see how easy it is! Sure you could create a similar look with fondant, but buttercream makes for better eating.

Start by smoothly frosting the cake tier with the background color of your choice. Since I’m making a landscape, I frosted my cake in blue for the sky.

For my stencil I cut the “hills” of my landscape from some parchment paper. For a different design you could cut a precise scallop or maybe waves for an ocean scene.(Ooo…gonna have to try that ocean thing, think of the possibilities!) Just see where your imagination takes you. Carefully apply the stencil to the cake. The buttercream is sticky enough to hold the stencil, but will still remove without damaging the smooth finish.

Frost the area below the stencil with the second color, in this example, green. Make sure you frost above the stencil line! Get this spatula smooth and carefully peal away the stencil.

With a little Viva smoothing, you have a perfect landscape backdrop! You can see in this picture how it looked before and after smoothing. Left side before, right side after.

Here is a close up of the completed cake

I hope you’ll try out this technique. It has so many great applications!

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Michal Bulla ...

Great tutorial, thanks for posting ;)

Angelica ...

Thanks! Great photos

Toni (White Crafty Cakes) ...

Thank you so much for posting this!

Tiffany Palmer ...

Great idea! Thanks for posting.

BlueRubyCakes ...

So smart! Thank you for sharing.


Bonitacarmel ...

Thank you very much for your tutorial. I never thought about this. Great idea.