Fault line Cake WITH Buttercream Stripes, and Building a Double Barrel Tier
How to make a fault line cake AND perfect buttercream stripes! (Also, building a double barrel cake teir!)
Fault line Cake AND Buttercream Stripes, Honeycomb themed

I used 2, 6" round cake layers baked in 3" deep tins


1, 6" round cake layer baked in a 4"deep tin for this double barrel cake.


Jennifer Dockter of  The Farmer's Wife Cakes shared some great tips with me before I started my first ever buttercream stripes cake and they were a big help!

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Here are the tips she shared:

  • Use American buttercream for stripes. Some cakers swear by using Swiss and Italian for their stripe cakes, but I’ve found them to not be stiff enough. Also, when the heated metal comb hits that butter in American, it smooths wonderfully.
  • If there are big gaps happening while smoothing, get it semi-looking ok, freeze for 20-30 mins and then fill in the gaps with more bc and smooth again. After it gets to looking how you want it, freeze for another 20-30 and then fill with the contrasting colors of choice.
  • Use warmed, flat scraper to smooth. My Cakeheads scraper has been a total lifesaver for this...annnnnndddd pretty much everything else. Just sayin’.
  • If you find that your BC is dragging in front of or behind the comb, use a spray bottle filled with water and lightly spray the cake and then go over it with the comb. :)
  • It’s going to look like crap for the first few (and sometimes a ton of) spins. Don’t give up. Keep going. It takes a lot of determination!


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This is an adaptation of Lauren Kitchen's Easy Buttercream recipe. It's a little bit sweeter than her original recipe (but definitely not too sweet!) and works well for piping flowers and buttercream designs, as a buttercream underneath fondant (as it hardens in the fridge nicely to get those sharp edges on your fondant) or just left as a buttercream finish on your cake. It's my new favorite!

The only white (vanilla) cake recipe I’ll use, now, as it’s moist, dense, carves well, and is RIDICULOUSLY delicious! (Works great for cupcakes, too!) Just leave out the almond extract and substitute it for more vanilla if you want this to be a delicious vanilla cake!

The only chocolate cake recipe I’ll use, now, as it’s moist, dense, carves well, and is RIDICULOUSLY delicious! 

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Professional Spatula Set - Stainless Steel Oversized Hamburger Flipper
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Cakeheads Bench Scraper
Measuring 10″ in height, the Cakeheads bench scraper is ideal for icing double barrel height cake tiers as well as regular height tiers, and its curved handle sits flush with your cake board creating a 90 degree angle, helping you achieve perfectly vertical sides when icing your cakes.
Wilton 418-789 Carded Tip Cake Icer
Wilton-Decorating tip. These icing tips simply screw onto Wilton decorating icing pouches or tubes and make it easy for you to create great looking designs on your cakes in minutes. This package contains one decorating tip made of nickel-plated brass. Dishwasher safe. Comes in a variety of styles. Each sold separately.
Artisan Accents Gel Pastes
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Sweet Sticks Edible Art Decorative Cake Paint 0.5 Ounce (15 Milliliters), Metallic Honey Gold
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IYARA 30 Edible Leaf Sheets – Multipurpose 24 Karat Yellow Gold Leaves for Food and Cake Decoration
The edible gold leaves are the ideal food decoration. You can use the gold leaf sheets to decorate cakes, cupcakes, macaroons, chocolates, desserts, baking goods, and more. You can also use the gold leaves to decorate your plates and add a touch of luxury to your dining table!
Duorime New 7pcs Black Oval Makeup Brush Set
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Fiskars Acrylic Ruler, 6x24 Inch
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SINGER 00218 Tape Measure, 60-Inch
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honeycomb mat
Use to add texture and an intricate pattern into sugar paste, chocolate etc.
Measures 6in x 12in
Double sided to emboss or raise the pattern in your paste
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Made from food grade plastic
Ester's buttercream stripes comb
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