I actually suggested the 'rustic' style frosting to the client, who is my sister's long time friend. The cake was for her parents, and as I was mulling over the design for their cake, one of the words that came to mind when thinking of this particular couple was 'rustic'. So I thought "this is my chance!" and asked the client if she liked the idea. She was fine with it, in fact, she also let me have free reign with the flavors of one of the cake tiers (yay!)
I was pleased with how the 'rustic' icing turned out, especially for my first attempt. It's not difficult but does take some work to get it to look right. I'll say this.. I'd rather frost a cake rustic than smooth any day. Basically you just mess up your icing with either the back of a spatula or spoon (I used a spatula). But while I loved the rustic icing technique, my absolute favorite part about this cake was the topper, hands down! I loved how it gave the cake a vintage feel, while still looking elegant and rustic all at the same time.
And here it is... The bottom tier (client's pick) is French Vanilla cake filled with fresh Raspberry Mousse, which was yum.. loved the mousse. The top tier (my pick) is Spice cake filled with Applesauce.. just one of my fave combos for this time of year.. and the client said it was "amazing." The cake is iced in all-butter buttercream (no shortening). I hung around after delivery to see the guests of honor as they arrived at the restaurant. The cake and topper were a surprise and I wanted to see their reaction, mainly to the topper. Mind you, the client said her parents would never recognize it after all these years. I told her "of course they will, it's their wedding cake topper!".. well.. much to my surprise she was right ;)
..and my cake table sign