I have been trying new techniques to frost cakes, and I have been watching palette knife art lately. So here is my attempt to try a lotus. Its my dad's birthday and lotus is his favorite flower. The lotus looks more like chrysanthemum... lol.
Lately, I have cut down on using tons of buttercream. The filling layers as well as crumb coating have a very thin layer of buttercream. The naked cake finish also uses very little buttercream. The top of the cake is created using a butter knife, as I dint have a palette knife.
To start with, bake a vanilla and chocolate cake, 8 inches in diameter.
Cool the cakes and cut them horizontally into two layers.
Next, cut each layer into three rings concentric rings and a center. Use cups of two different sizes, place them on the cake and cut through with a sharp knife. refer to the picture as shown.
Each cake will now have three rings of different diameters.
For the first cake layer, place the largest chocolate ring, then a middle ring of vanilla and a chocolate center. Add a layer of buttercream on top to glue them all in place. Place the second cake layer.
For this, place the largest vanilla ring, then a middle ring of chocolate and a vanilla center. Repeat a layer of buttercream.
Do this two more times to get for cake layers alternating chocolate and vanilla.
Add a thin layer of buttercream. all over the cake, to cover the crumbs. Chill in the refrigerator for 15-20 mins.
Now you can frost the cake the way you desire. I frosted a naked cake and topped it with a thin layer of buttercream knife art. Also made a dozen cupcakes to go along with the theme!