I love this cake.
Curse you, Martha Stewart. You make everything look easier than it really is.
This is my second attempt at this decoration. The first one was far, far too ugly to share with the world. I used the meringue recipe she features on her site. Something went horribly wrong and it separately, oozing this clear, melted butter looking substance all down the cake and onto the counter. No wonder no one wanted to eat it.
This time, I used the cream cheese frosting recipe that came with this Apple a Day red velvet cake recipe (which, by the way, is the absolute best red velvet recipe I've ever made. So moist. So tangy. My mouth is water as I write this).
You use a #12 decorating tip. Point the tip at the plate/stand, not at the cake. This is a mistake I made the first time. Basically, you're making a little pile of frosting that leans up against the cake. That was an easier way for me to think about it. Here's a little tutorial if you're having a hard time picturing it. It sure helped me.
What you're seeing here are the best possible views of this cake. It's really hard to make the columns the same width and use the same amount of pressure. And, of course, I did not have enough icing. I never have enough icing.
I think with two or three more tries this will actually be a fun, pretty little cake.