Icing techniques for Easy Decorating
You will want to use a lot of light frosting for this. Press the back of a spoon into the frosting, twist and lift to make swirls. Experiment with different size spoons. With a large wooded spoon you can make make large tear shaped petals. I think that this technique works great when embellishing with fruit and flowers.
A decorater’s comb makes for quick work and looks nice for cake sides. However you can get a similar effect with a fork.
When your icing is dry to the touch, place a textured paper towel on your cake and apply gentle pressure. When you lift the paper towel the design will be left on the cake. This paper towel techique is also a very popular method to smooth buttercream icing.