She Cracked the Crackle

I believe I mentioned in a previous post that for quite some time Liz and I tried to be the first ones to come out with an effective crackle technique to no avail. Then they started showing up everywhere and we were left in the dust, womp womp. However! Liz by accident came up with possibly the easiest and most effective crackle technique of them all and we want to make sure you’ve seen it! Don’t worry there is a FREE video tutorial at the end of the post!

Liz used the technique for the cake board on her amazing Porsche 911 Car Cake, which also is a tutorial for Sugar Geek Show Members. I mean, it has real working headlights guys, you might want to get on that. The star today though is this fantastic crackle!

Porsche Car Cake

And again for the board on her lovely Super Woman cake…

Fondant Crackle Technique

And since releasing the free tutorial a handful of other people have tried their hand at it and let me tell you they are amazing creations!

Here is an awesome dragon cake from Mandie Shelton of Mandie Bakes Custom Cakes. What a cool way to get texture for dragon skin!

Dragon Cake Crackle Skin

Tara Kelliher of Hot Cakes By Tara used the technique on this incredible superhero cake for an Icing Smiles boy and again for the board on a sculpted girl cake. Doesn’t it add so much interest to the superhero cake? Move over plain fondant!

Superhero Cake Crackle Fondant

I love the subtlety of it on the board for this cake. It almost looks like leather!

Sculpted Girl Cake I recently saw this cake by Jessa Coline of Abtract Edible Arts and fell in LOVE. What a genius use of this crackle effect for Te Ka’s skin!

Amazing Moana Cake Te Fiti Te Cake Maui's Hook Amazing Moana Cake Te Fiti Te Cake Maui's Hook

Lesley Wright of Royal Bakery added the crackled technique to the bottom tier of her Descendants 2 cake and it looks fab! Just look at that flawless crackle texture!

Crackled Fondant Cake

It seriously adds so much to the design of this cake! Incredible job!

Descendants 2 Cake

Are you dying to know how it’s done yet?! Here’s the tutorial, and spoiler alert, it involves airbrushing and a torch. So, if you have those two things or have always wanted them but felt you needed an excuse to use them, now you have one. You’re welcome. Go forth cakers and crackle all the cakey things!

Shannon Patrick Mayes

Shannon Patrick Mayes

Shannon is the owner of SweetArt Cake Company in Lovell, Wyoming. Host of the YouTube channel The Sweet Spot, Shannon has been featured in several magazines including on the cover of Cake Masters. Blog writer and contributor to The Sugar Geek Show.

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