Piping a beautiful, elegant cake takes time in and of itself – but what happens when this cake ends up on the cover of Southern Living magazine? Our annual white cake is an affair both around the office and in mailboxes across this South, and we're here to tell you that the delicate frosting technique is much easier than it looks. Piping frosting petals elevates the look of any classic layer cake, and it's especially stunning when the technique is used on the highlight of your Christmas dessert table, as we've done on this Snowy Vanilla Cake with Cream Cheese Buttercream. Want to know the trick? We pipe dots down the side of the cake, and gently pull the frosting. Overlapping these petals creates the look you see on our December 2017 cover. Follow along with your offset spatula and your favorite buttercream to recreate this look in your kitchen. Guests will be asking for your secret!

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