This cake is buttercream with fondant zebra stripes on the top tier and royal icing polka dots on the bottom tier. The cake board and both tiers are trimmed with black and purple satin ribbon. The topper is made up of about a dozen royal icing roses.
Most people like fondant for the smooth, polished look it gives a cake. I completely agree!. But it is possible to get a really clean look with buttercream, too. It takes a lot of practice, and I still have a lot of room for improvement, but it’s funny how satisfying it can be when your buttercream comes out really smooth and the edges are sharp. Kind of like learning the fundamentals of any sport, it’s a pretty basic skill, but perfecting it makes a huge difference is the finished product.
Happy Birthday Stephanie!