Textured Tiled Cake

Dutch-style blue and white tiles contrast with bright red fresh dahlias in this decorative beauty. Check out this tutorial to make one for yourself!

Dutch-style blue and white tiles contrast with bright red fresh dahlias on this decorative beauty.

Check out this tutorial by Hannah Wiltshire from Baby Cakes to make one for yourself!
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You will need

For the cake

  • one round cake tier: 15cm (6in) diameter x 15cm (6in) high on a cake card of the same diameter, covered with white sugarpaste

To decorate

  • 50g (1¾oz) flower/modelling paste
  • 250g (9oz) sugarpaste
  • small amount of sugar glue
  • navy blue (water soluble) gel colour
  • icing sugar


  • paintbrushes: large, small
  • plastic rolling pin
  • sharp knife
  • scalpel
  • water
  • small leaf mould (to create leaves approx. 1cm (½in) in length)
  • long metal ruler
  • clingfilm
  • saucer


Knead the sugarpaste and flower/ modelling paste together and divide into 4 equal portions. Leave one of the portions white, then take each of the other portions in turn and add a small amount of blue gel colour to each, kneading carefully so that the colour is even and so that you have 3 lots of sugarpaste that are each a slightly different pale shade.

Make and cut the tiles

To make the tiles, dust your work surface with icing sugar, then roll out one of the balls of sugarpaste to a thickness of about 2-3mm. Cover with clingfilm, then press the metal ruler into the paste to indent a lattice of squares according to the size of tile you would like.
Remove the clingfilm. Then, using a sharp knife, cut the squares neatly and smooth any ragged edges with your finger. Set the squares aside to dry slightly while you repeat the process with the 3 other shades of sugarpaste. Gather any scraps, knead until smooth and cover for use later.

Paint the cake

Squeeze a little navy blue gel colour onto a saucer and water down until you achieve a flowing watercolour paint consistency. With the large brush, paint the cake all over and leave it to dry – don't worry if the colour isn't even, you won't be able to tell once the tiles are in place.

Fix the tiles

Fix the tiles to the dried cake by flipping them over, brushing with a little water and attaching to the cake evenly, allowing some space for the blue 'grouting' to be visible between the tiles. Make sure you mix up the colours randomly so that you have a pure white tile next to a pale blue one, and so on.

Add texture

Create a glazed effect on the surface of the tiles by mixing a tiny dot of navy blue gel with a lot of water and painting roughly over the surface of each tile. Don't try to be neat and leave some areas completely unpainted – this will add texture and character to the tiles.

Create the miniature leaves

Return to your saved sugarpaste/modelling paste and add more navy blue gel until you have a deep and contrasting blue. Dust the inside of your leaf mould with icing sugar, then press the blue sugarpaste inside and create as many miniature leaves as you need; you will need 4 leaves for every tile.

Fix the leaves

Allow the leaves to dry slightly, then attach with sugar glue at the corner of each tile so that the leaf points inwards at a 45-degree angle.

Create the blue circles

Make some tiny balls of blue paste, flatten with your finger, then use a scalpel to cut a star shape into the surface of each flattened ball. Try not to cut all the way through. Attach with sugar glue in the centre of each tile.

Paint the detail

Paint some details onto the leaves with slightly watered down navy blue gel colour – again, no need to be very neat as a more 'sketchy' approach will look better.
Position the cake on a cake stand and rest a flower or two on top of the cake to one side and another couple of flowers at the base of the cake.

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