Shell Buttercream Smash Cake

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I have been loving  the new buttercream trend, and smash cakes are the perfect medium for them!  When I saw this cake on pinterest I knew I HAD to try it! Shells are a classic boarder, a bit outdated, but this is the perfect update for the shell!

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Because this was part of a twin smash cake session both cakes had to be somewhat similar, and the other cake (for the boy) was a crescent cake, so rows and columns. So we wanted the girl’s cake to be ruffle-y but also have the rows and columns.

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When I do this frosting again I’ll alternate where the shells are in each row, more like the inspiration cake. I think I’ll like it even better that way, although I usually like order and even-ness.  I can’t WAIT to see how the session went!

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And here is the sweet birthday girl! I kinda love seeing my cakes smashed, thinking I need an adult version…

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This was part of a Twin Smash cake, so head over and check out the Crescent Buttercream smash Cake I made for her brother!

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If you want to learn how I frost all these buttercream cakes I’m now teaching two online classes with more on the way! Anything you really want to learn?

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Ashlee has been cake decorating for 8 year, and blogging for 6+. She has 5 children ages 2-12 that she enjoys throwing parties for. She loves to bake, cook, crochet, knit, do home improvement, graphic design, photography and writing.
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Comments

  1. says

    GORGEOUS and adorable :) Now I’ve got a hankering for something sweet and frosted. Thanks for teaching me how to do the crescent frosting technique because I LURV how pretty it is (and meditative)!

    • says

      They sure don’t, did you see the twin’s cake, he cried through the whole thing… they barely enjoyed the cake and frosting at all!

  2. Jen says

    Can I ask what your buttercream is? Is it shortening based? I’m looking to do these, but am stumped on that!

    • says

      for decorative frosting going with shortening based is best, butter melts to easily and is too soft and doesn’t hold the shape well. you can frost with a butter buttercream, then decorate with a shortening buttercream to get the good flavor, but for smash cakes why bother.

  3. Joey says

    LOVE THIS! Nice change from the ruffle :) Would you mind sharing what tip you used? It looks like the 1M, but I can’t tell for sure

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