Striped “practice” cake

I made the above cake as a ‘practice’ for a design I’ll be making next month. I’d not made a striped cake before so this was my first go and I was happy with how it went.

Not clear from the picture is that it was thicker at the bottom than the top on one side (I clearly hold the scraper at an angle without realising it) so that was a good learning!

On the plus side, the buttercream itself was smooth and not all grainy like the last few cakes i had made.