Simple Chevron Cake by Three Little Blackbirds
When I saw this beautiful Simple Chevron Cake by Three Little Blackbirds, I instantly fell in love with it. (Didn’t you?) This cake is so pretty, artful, and feminine. It’s also fun!
The simple silhouette of the tall cake comes to bloom with its large flower gumpaste toppers. I love the soft color palette with pink accents. Notice the use of thin ribbon – fabric ribbon – with a delightfully tiny square bow.
I was especially amused at the chevron pattern peeping out of a flower-shaped window on the top tier. I asked cake designer Erin Schaefgen if she had any behind-the-scenes photos to share, and she sent photos along with full instructions!
Tutorial: Punched fondant with chevron pattern inside
Here is the video based on Erin’s instructions on how to make this flower-shaped window with a chevron pattern inside. The supply list and detailed tips from Erin are below.
- Cake covered in two layers of fondant in different colors (see Tips, below)
- Flower cutter
- Pasta roller to roll out thin fondant for chevron (optional)
- Ruler/straight edge
- Flat pastry wheel
- Toothpick or Xacto knife
- Veining tool or thin paintbrush
- Covering the cake:
“I started by covering the cake with the blue green fondant (rolled very thin), then I covered just the side of the cake with one wide strip of the ivory fondant and joined the seam in the back.”
- Cutting the flower:
While cutting the flower from the outside layer of fondant, Erin says to “gently rock the cutter back and forth until the piece comes loose”.
- Work surface:
Like many expert decorators, Erin uses an acrylic sheet of plexiglass as her work surface. “I am able to roll my fondant out without any powdered sugar, cornstarch or shortening due to the plexiglass which means no powder or smudges to clean up when I transfer the cut pieces to the cake”
Erin Schaefgen is the cake designer at Three Little Blackbirds
– a studio specializing in all-natural, organic, gourmet scratch cakes and cupcakes that are beautifully and artistically crafted.