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Sweet and Sassy: How To Make A Corset Cake

From a sassy bachelorette party to a glamorously girly birthday party or even a crazy costume party, this design is sure to delight. It’s true, a cute corset cake would make the perfect fun accompaniment to any of these occasions!

In this step-by-step tutorial, you’ll learn just how quick and easy it is to create a beautiful corset cake!

Cute corset cake tutorial

Photos via Katrien’s Cakes

Materials:

  • A covered rectangular cake board
  • 9” x 13” (22.5 cm x 32.5 cm) sheet cake
  • 2 ½ cups (625 ml or 22.5 fl oz) ganache or buttercream icing
  • Smooth apricot jam, sugar syrup or piping gel
  • 2 lb 10 oz (1.2 kg) pink fondant
  • 4¼ oz (120 g) cream-colored fondant
  • Corn starch (corn flour)
  • One A4-sized sheet of paper
  • Scissors
  • Serrated knife
  • Palette knife
  • Rolling pin
  • Knife or pizza wheel
  • Cake smoother, acetate or a small ball of leftover fondant
  • Dresden tool
  • Stitching wheel
  • Embossing border plate (optional)
  • Pink luster dust
  • Edible lace (optional)

Directions:

Step1 corset cake tools

Step 1:

Fold an A4-sized paper in half and draw the outline of a torso or hourglass. Cut out the torso template with scissors.
Place the sheet cake on the decorated rectangular board.

 

Step2 cutting shape

Step 2:

Place the paper template on the cake and cut out curves at the side edges of the cake with a serrated knife following the template to resemble a corset.

corset step3_resize

Step 3:

Carve and shave off the edges of the cake with a small serrated knife to, so that it looks like a rounded body.

 

Step4 cake pop mixtureStep4 chest

Step 4:

Crumble the off-cut pieces of cake into a bowl and mix it with a few teaspoons of ganache or buttercream until it comes together and has the consistency of cake pop mixture. Line two small bowls with plastic wrap and press the mixture into the bowls. Take the molded cake mixture out of the bowls and place it on the cake to form the chest area.

 

Step5 spreading ganache or buttercream

Step 5:

Coat the cake with ganache or buttercream using a palette knife. Once the whole cake is coated, dip the palette knife into hot water and wipe it off on a clean cloth. Smooth the ganache or buttercream with the hot palette knife. Place the cake in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes for the coating to set.

 

Step6 spreading jam or syrup

Step 6:

Brush smooth apricot jam, sugar syrup or piping gel over the surface of the cake for the fondant to adhere to.

Step7 tools and fondant
Step7 rolled fondant

Step 7:

Roll out the pink fondant into a rectangular shape, on a small amount of corn starch (or corn flour). Roll it to about 1/6″ (4 mm) thick and big enough to cover the cake.

Step8 cutting fondant

Step 8:

Lift the fondant with a rolling pin or your hands and place it over the cake. Lightly smooth the fondant over the cake and tuck it into the bottom edges of the cake. Cut off the excess fondant with a sharp knife or a pizza wheel being careful not to dent the cake board.

Step9 smoothing fondant

Step 9:

Smooth the fondant using cake smoothers, acetate or a small ball of leftover fondant.

Step 10 tools to use

Step10 texturing fondant

Step 10:

Mark grooves into the fondant using a Dresden tool starting at the top of the cake and dragging the tool towards the bottom of the cake to resemble pleated fabric.

Need a little extra help creating texture? To add different textures and fabric effects to your fondant watch the Craftsy course Designer Fondant Textures with Marina Sousa. You’ll learn many different ways to create tantalizing effects, like ruffles, fringe and more!

Step11 using stictching wheel

Step 11:

Re-roll over some of the lines with a stitching tool and make marks here and there with the tool, so that it resembles stitched fabric.

Step 12 craft embossing border

Step 12:

Roll out a piece of fondant, as long as the cake and cut it into two 1/2″ (1.25 cm) strips using a ruler and pizza wheel. If you prefer emboss the strips with an embossing plate, used for paper craft, which has been brushed with melted shortening to make it food-safe.

Step13 front of corset

Step 13:

Glue the strips to the center of the cake using a drop of water and mark the edges of the strips with a stitching wheel. Use any other craft techniques to embellish your corset cake such as painting, brush embroidery or needlepoint.

Expert tip: If you love painting with fondant, there are many interesting techniques shown in the Craftsy course Perfect Party Cakes with Zoe Clarke and the Craftsy course The Art of Painted Cakes with Kate Sullivan that you could use to up your cake painting game!

Step14 dusting with luster dust

Step 14:

Dust the cake with edible luster dust using a soft, un-used blusher brush.

Ste15 making pleats

Step 15:

Attach pieces of edible lace to the top and bottom of the cake with a few drops of water if preferred. Roll out the cream-colored fondant and cut strips as above. Fold the strips to form pleats.

Step16 attach pleats

Step 16:

Attach the pleats in a horizontal row to the top and bottom of the corset with a few drops of water. Mark the center of each long pleat with a stitching wheel. Add molded fondant jewelry, pearls, flowers or anything else that will enhance your cake.

Final corset cake

The design for this cake was inspired by a picture vintage corset I saw on the Internet. What inspires you to create your cake designs?

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55 Comments

Christine Gailey

Thanks for sharing brillant tips and great step by step instructions x

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Katrien Van Zyl

Thank you so much for your kind comment Christine! xx

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Jane

What a lovely cake you are so clever love to make that won day

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Dina

Fabulous tutorial, Katrien, thank you so much!!

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Gulnaz

Katrien, such a great tutorial! Thank you so much!

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Mandy

stunning cake and easy steps to follow

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Katrien Van Zyl

Thank you Jane, Dina, Gulnaz and Mandy that is so sweet of you to say! So glad you are enjoying the tutorial. xx

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Edinah Marange

Wow what a great tutorial,thank you so much

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Riette Ruthven

It looks delicious and your instructions are so clear!

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farasha

thanks for the tutorial just wanted to know if i use buttercream i also brush with apricot jam

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Katrien Van Zyl

It’s a pleasure, thank you Edinah and Riette!

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Katrien Van Zyl

Hi Farasha
If your buttercream is fresh you can cover the cake immediately with your fondant, but if you have let it crust (when it forms a dry layer on the surface) you have to brush it with jam or spray it with sugar syrup so that the surface becomes sticky enough for the fondant to adhere to it. Kind regards, Katrien

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Barbara

Thanks very much for this great tutorial! All the best!

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Katrien Van Zyl

Thank you Barbara! x

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Marilyne Govindu

Thank you for the tutorial, and the easy to fallow step by step.
This design is so beautiful, I love the Victorian era.
Again thank you Ms. Katrien.

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Ursula de Wet

Like the cakes I see Im from the old school over 25yrs around still do cakes now an then But new ideas just fascinate me enjoy doing the work

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Katrien Van Zyl

It’s a huge pleasure Marilyne! Thank you for the compliment. Thank you also Ursula, I am so glad that you are still doing cakes after all these years. x

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Dorcas

this is outstanding. .can’t wait to pratice it

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Katrien Van Zyl

Thank you Dorcas, I would love to see your project! x

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arrey lucy

very creative.easy steps to follow.you are a wonderful teacher

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Katrien Van Zyl

Thank you for your kind comment Arrey, glad you like my tutorial. x

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Millia

Gorgeous! Thank you Katrien for sharing your beautiful cake.

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Katrien Van Zyl

Thank you, it’s a pleasure Millia! x

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Clarissa Fleming

Beautiful! Can’t wait to give it a try
How was the lace done,or where do you buy editable lace?

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Veronica

Hi,
it’s so beautifull!!!
you can give me the link to print the template that you used?
Or send me via email?
Thanks

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Katrien Van Zyl

Thank you Veronica! I just drew a curve on an A4-sized sheet that I folded in half and then cut it out to make my template, but if you are struggling to make a template I will gladly send you one, what is your email address?

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marie

Hi I have a question how I can get the corset template printable to do the cake
Thank you 🙂

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marie

you can send to me by email the template printable please

Thank you 🙂

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katrien Van Zyl

Hi Marie, what is your email address, I will gladly send you the template?

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Veronica

Hi Katrien,
Please You can send also me the template?

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Katrien Van Zyl

Hi Veronica, what is your email address, I will send the template to you? :-).

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Sonia Johnson

Wonderfull

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katrien Van Zyl

Thank you Sonia! x

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olayinka

Thanks for sharing, you’re a talent.

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Katrien Van Zyl

Thank you Olayinka, it’s a huge pleasure!

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adebisi

Wonderful cake design

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Katrien Van Zyl

Thank you so much Adebisi!

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Benita

Tnks for d easy steps

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Katrien Van Zyl

It’s a pleasure Benita! x

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Rima

What a great and simple design for a wonderfully adorable cake. Thank you for sharing.

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Katrien Van Zyl

Glad you like it Rima! x

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Alphonsa Tisseverasinghe

Thank you for sharing.Easy teachniques

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Alphonsa Tisseverasinghe

Thank you for sharing. Easy teachniques

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Katrien van Zyl

It’s a pleasure Alphonsa! x

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Funsho

Thank you for sharing.it makes it so easy to understand

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Katrien Van Zyl

It’s a huge pleasure Funsho! x

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Jeànne

Hi Katrien,I have to make a baby bottom cake for a baby shower,could you pls give me advice. I want to make the bottom with rice crispier treats and fondant over. Do you perhaps have a template for said project. Thx so much

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Katrien Van Zyl

Hi Jeanne, I will gladly send you a template, you can contact me through my Craftsy profile. Otherwise I could recommend that you use a template of an apple, the top of an apple is indented and the bottom rounded, like a bottom. Just place the apple template on your rice crispie treats and cut it out :-). x

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Andy

Just finished making it for my wife’s birthday and it turned out beautifully even though I was unable to make the lace as I did not have the mixture. However I was able to tweak the design to my liking and my wife was very happy with result. Thank you so much for the easy to follow tutorial.

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Katrien Van Zyl

Hi Andy, I am so happy to hear that! I am so glad that I could help you make your wife’s birthday extra special.

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Ana Espinal

For how many people this cake would be good for?? Thanks

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Katrien Van Zyl

Hi Ana, this cake will feed at least 20 people. Enjoy!

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KimMartin

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