how to create a super simple quilted effect cake. No measuring, no rulers or guides just one simple hack to create a quilted cake

I‘m completely self taught, with a little help from YouTube therefore haven’t learnt the ‘official’ way to create cakes but what I have learnt are some simple ways to create some fab effects. One of these is how to create a super simple quilted effect.

When I first tried quilting I Googled & checked out Pinterest. All the tutorials were about cutting out templates on card, measuring with a ruler, using straight lines, working out the spacing between each marking, so so complicated I made a right mess of my first attempt. Then I spotted something in my cupboard that was the perfect solution and made it one of the easiest cake decorating jobs… the humble cocktail stick container. Yep it’s the simple things that work the best!

how to create a super simple quilted effect cake. No measuring, no rulers or guides just one simple hack to create a quilted cake


How simple is this? Simply press the square lightly onto the fondant &  ta da, you’re creating the easiest quilted effect known to man!

I always choose the centre of the cake, basically the part of the cake that’s the smoothest & nicest to look at and start there, always from the bottom up. I start from the bottom as this is where you know is level & straight against the cake board. The top of the cake may not always be 100% level and could end up with a wonky pattern.

Starting from the middle work out a couple of squares at a time both left & right until you meet at the back making sure you keep the container in the same position, if you tilt it slightly left or right you’ll ruin the pattern. If you work all the way around the cake your diamond shapes might not quite meet and will look messy but don’t worry if they don’t quite meet at the back as it’s noticeable and you can blend it in with the silver dragees (little silver balls).

After all the rows of diamond shapes are complete take a reasonably flat edged knife, not a sharp pointy one, and create a little cross at each join by pressing into the fondant slightly. Once you have done all the crosses use a little edible glue in the centre of each & press in a silver dragee or edible pearl and you’ll have a stunning quilted effect with no fuss, no measuring and no tearing your hair out!!


how to create a super simple quilted effect cake. No measuring, no rulers or guides just one simple hack to create a quilted cake

I’ve been asked a lot about sharing some hints, tips & how to’s hence why I’ve started Cake Club, so if you need any help or advice with cake decorating or want to request a particular tutorial then just give me a shout & I’ll be happy to help :

I’ve also recently filmed how to cover a cake in fondant which should help too 🙂

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  1. May 28, 2015 / 5:55 pm

    So beautiful! I don’t think I’d ever have the patience.

  2. May 29, 2015 / 4:28 am

    Could I use a lego? Actually I am so not this creative with baking. I wish I was. Beautiful results especially for 1 in the morning. Thank you for linking again with #foodpornthursdays.
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    • May 29, 2015 / 10:04 pm

      Not sure lego would work, I think the underside of the brick has a little circle that might make an imprint but that’s the idea, find things around the house that could be used for cake decorating and to simplify a job 🙂
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  3. May 31, 2015 / 12:28 pm

    Genius! This looks so wonderful and so simply achieved by a cocktail stick container. Cocktail sticks are a bakers best friend I think. I’m still using up an uber box of them from Woolworths would you believe.
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  4. May 31, 2015 / 2:34 pm

    What a great effect and you make it sound so simple, i’m sure i would mess it up!! Your cakes looks so fantastic, i’m very jealous! 🙂 #sundaysweets xx
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  5. June 1, 2015 / 9:55 am

    Wow, you are so talented! I can’t believe you are self-taught! What a great idea, and such a gorgeous cake you made! Thank you for linking up with #foodpornthursdays
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  6. Elaine
    August 16, 2016 / 11:58 pm

    Would love to know all your Home taught Tricks! I agree 100% that you watch these tutorials and they are not as easy as they look when you are a Home Cook and a Learner.

  7. Michele
    November 2, 2016 / 9:07 pm

    I love ur quilted cake decoration , would it look nice for a Christmas cake and can I do it all over my cake . I also want to put a Christmas decoration on the right top corner of my Christmas cake either a sprig of holly or the red Christmas flower ? ( can’t remember the name) any advice please Thank you Michele,

  8. Ngozi
    December 4, 2016 / 11:18 am

    Simply awesome and inspiring.
    Very useful for quilting cakes.

  9. December 9, 2016 / 5:30 pm

    This is a great idea! I used the skinny side of a ruler at a 45•angle in one direction, then flipped the ruler and went the other direction!

  10. Peg
    December 15, 2016 / 8:22 pm

    Love it!

  11. Zarina
    December 22, 2016 / 12:58 am

    That’s awesome! A simple way of doing it got an amateur like me 🙂 thank you for sharing

  12. Shannon
    January 8, 2017 / 7:33 pm

    What kind of brick that you use?

  13. Amy
    January 14, 2017 / 6:15 pm

    Very innovative. I once did a quilted cake decor,it was far from being perfect. I’ll definitely try out your method

  14. Kerry
    May 10, 2017 / 9:54 pm

    Thank you! Can you share what brand you used for the cocktail sticks? I’ve searched and searched for some with a square container but can’t seem to find…..

    Thank you!

  15. Tessy
    July 2, 2017 / 9:39 am

    Wow I so much like dis cake design is nice.

  16. Jo
    August 22, 2017 / 9:56 pm

    Wow! amazin tip! Can I ask what brand of fondant you use in your cakes?

  17. Randee
    February 21, 2018 / 3:02 pm

    Will this work with buttercream? If not you have any simple suggestions? Thank you

  18. Kim
    May 13, 2018 / 9:05 pm

    Where did you find your square?

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