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Gazebo Cake Top Decoration in Royal Icing

by Eddie Spence MBE


Learn to use run-outs and pressure piping techniques to make a beautiful gazebo for a cake top

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This rather grand-looking cake top decoration can be used on wedding cakes, christening cakes, and any other special occasion cake. Although it looks complicated, once you know how to make run-outs and pressure pipe, it is a great project for all skill levels and can be made in advance. The gazebo can be made in various colours using liquid colourings.


  1. Preparation
    Prepare the royal icing to the consistencies required
  2. Gazebo Solid Run-outs
    Make the hexagonal solid run-out pieces for the gazebo.
  3. Gazebo Roof Pieces and Fillets
    Pipe the triangular sections for the roof and the curved fillet pieces.
  4. Gazebo Tulle Backing
    Cut pieces of tulle netting to fit the run-out framework before piping on the detail.
  5. Gazebo Assembly
    Use royal icing to attach all the gazebo pieces together.
  6. Flowers
    Make a small flower stand to go inside the gazebo.

Occasion: Wedding
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Featured in Autumn 2008 issue

Project by Eddie Spence MBE

Eddie Spence MBE

author of Gazebo Cake Top Decoration in Royal Icing

Eddie Spence MBE started his career as an apprentice baker for J W Mackie in Edinburgh. He then went on to study confectionery and cake design and began teaching the skills he had learnt at a wealth of prestigious colleges, including Napier College in Edinburgh, Kedleston College and Wilmorton College in Derby. Eddie's renowned royal icing skills have earned him the opportunity to decorate many cakes for the royal family, including Her Majesty the Queen's Golden Wedding anniversary cake and her Diamond Jubilee celebration cake. He also won the British Open Confectionery Trophy, was awarded an MBE in 2000 and most recently Eddie has been presented with the highest honour of a Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2010 Eddie wrote his first book, The Art of Royal Icing, an amalgamation of over 50 years’ teaching experience for cake decorators of all abilities (B. Dutton Publishing).