This style of cake decorating is named after Joseph Lambeth of England, a prominent decorator circa 1920-1930. This style uses over piping, or stacking layer after layer of icing on one another, to achieve its unique look. See the close-up photo below to see how each row of icing is one layer less than the previous. Beveled top and bottom edges are another characteristic of this style of cake decorating.
Traditional tops for this style of wedding cake would include many royal icing flowers, but here Marsha created a cocoa painting plaque for the top.
This is a close-up view of the bottom beveled, overpiped border.
Chocolate Rolled Buttercream
Marsha created this rolled buttercream groom's cake using two shades of chocolate rolled buttercream icing. The grapes were hand formed. The inlaid leaves on the side were made by first using a cutter to remove the lighter section of icing and replacing it with darker icing cut with the same cutter.
Chocolate rolled buttercream has a taste similar to Tootsie Rolls™.
Buttercream Cake with Wafer Paper Angel and Roses
This cake was bordered with buttercream icing. The angel and roses were made from wafer paper, an edible paper.
Rolled Buttercream Clown Cake
This clown was covered and decorated with rolled buttercream icing. Portions of the features were cut from patterns, others were freeformed by hand.
This cocoa painting of a cute puppy was painted onto a gum paste plaque. The design was transferred to the plaque. The shading was done freehand.
Rolled Buttercream Kittens and Ball of Yarn
These adorable kittens were molded by hand from rolled buttercream icing. A ball cake was covered with rolled buttercream and scored to resemble a ball of yarn.
Wafer Paper Tiger Lily and Butterfly on Buttercream Decorated Cake
The wafer paper (edible paper) lily was cut from white wafer paper and airbrushed to the proper color. It was then shaped over a flower former and let dry. The butterfly was colored with food color pens and cut out. The body was piped from buttercream icing. The borders were piped with buttercream icing.