Winter wonderland Cake

Ok so now I’m the queen of broken promises πŸ˜• I forgot to take pics of the elements of the cake…arrrrrgh!! Deep breath in…and I’m back πŸ™πŸ½

Even though I don’t have anything to show as I went along , I can still detail what I used to make up the different creations that went into the cake…which was a huge hit at the Sweet 16 party!


When I think of winter wonderland I see snowflakes, silver, icicles and snow covered trees in my sugarplum head. I also think of the movie Frozen due to the fact I’ve had to hear my twin monkeys sing “Let It Go” for the past 2 years 😩 so the colour of fondant was Elsa inspired. 

I wanted different styles of snowflakes, some delicate, some traditional and some whimsical. Fondant and royal icing were going to be my BFFs for these creations. 

The larger snowflakes I simply rolled out white fondant about 1/8″ and used my snowflake cookie cutter. For a couple of snowflakes, my piping tips were used to cutout holes for the design of the snowflake. If you’re challenged in the imagination/creative department, just search the internet for simple snowflake designs. ❄️❄️❄️

A couple snowflakes I scored lines using a wooden skewer. It helps to let the fondant sit about 10 minutes to slightly harden so when you drag the skewer to make the lines you get cleaner lines and no jaggedy ( is that a word?) edges. 

Using snowflake templates I printed, I place waxed paper over them and piped out snowflakes with Royal Icing. Icing consistency should be 20 second icing and the piping tip that worked best for me was #3. They have to dry overnight and they are super delicate so handle carefully and minimally when transferring and placing on the cake 😬 If you want to add silver balls to the snowflakes, add them while the icing is wet. 

The silver snowflakes were coloured with silver food spray. If you’re using food spray make sure you do it outside, or garage or basement. Let’s just say I learned this the harder way and for about an hour after I finished my monkeys kept asking why the air everywhere was so sparkly πŸ™„

The snow covered trees were made from fondant which I formed into cones of different sizes…because not all trees are the same height and that would look super weird if they were πŸ€” Using my kitchen scissors, I snipped the cones starting at the top and worked around and down making triangles to look like leaves. Although pine trees don’t have leaves…whatever! With a pastry brush the trees were sprinkled with water and then put in a bowl where white sugar crystals were dumped all over them…like an avalanche! But pretty results not destruction ☺️

The snowman was made similarly to the trees using fondant and white sugar crystals and then made a hat and scarf from some leftover fondant. β˜ƒοΈ


The final decorations to this cake was born from the idea of icicles that look like ice not the typical white icing. I had to play around with a different stages of candy making to find the right one that I could bend around the cake. Now that type of candy is the one to make your dentist have a conniption 😀 It’s the soft ball stage (I used a candy thermometer) and the candy is totally edible…once you pick it off your teeth πŸ™„ It’s a simple combination of water and sugar in a pot on the stove. Once it was at soft ball stage I poured lines across a silicone mat lined baking sheet and tilted the baking sheet to get drip lines. This has to be done fairly quick as the candy starts to harden and will no longer run down. 


For finishing touches, I wet the bottom tier of each cake and grabbed a handful of white sugar crystals and pressed them on…that was super messy! A sheet of parchment paper would’ve been very helpful, so I could’ve just picked it up and poured the fallen sugar back into a bowl to use again…ah the learning curve when you’re self taught (tiny sigh)


 I also sprinkled some white sugar crystals…I should really abbreviate that to WSC πŸ˜’…on top of the cake. If you haven’t guessed the WSC represent snow. If the cake is being taken to another location I would wait until it’s final destination to sprinkle the WSC on top…yet another learning moment…the wind blew off most of them between my car and the venue 😟 

Hope it all made sense or that you have a wicked imagination to follow along! 

My dad’s birthday was shortly after this so I’ll be posting the Vegetable Garden Cake I did soon 🌽πŸ₯•πŸ…

Until then keep it creative!

Vegetable Garden Cake

My dad loves to work on his garden from spring to fall. He grows the most amazing tomatoes and butternut squash. What could be better than eating fresh vegetables right from the garden?? Uh eating vegetables made out of candy on a cake that’s what!!

Whenever I make a cake for someone in my family, I always like to find a way to represent part of who they are in my creations. For my dad it’s his love for his vegetable garden πŸ™‚


Oh my gourd where do I start?! 

I guess from the ground up 😊 This was a square chocolate cake which I frosted in its entirety with green coloured vanilla buttercream. Using my grass tip, I piped the border of the whole cake and then sectioned areas for my vegetables. It helps to lay out your “veggies” to decide how big the sections should be. I just used the square baking pan to plan my garden πŸ™ƒ

The “dirt” is chocolate cookie crumbs and they smell soooooooo awesome I could eat it with a spoon…but I didn’t! The cookie crumbs go on right after the buttercream so it sticks to the cake a bit. If you use a spoon to put the crumbs on, you won’t ended with “dirt” in your “grass”. To get the trowel lines, run a fork through the crumbs. Having the lines run in different directions in each section makes it look more interesting and realistic.

Veggies!

All the vegetables are made out of fruit chews! I figured my monkeys would have a lot more fun eating candy than fondant.  Give the red fruit chews a few seconds in the microwave to soften them up before shaping the veggies.

For the tomatoes, roll them in your hands to make small balls. I piped green buttercream with a small star tip on top of each of them. With a No. 1 piping tip I wrapped toothpicks with the green buttercream because tomatoes grow from vines and I’m a little neurotic when it comes to design 😢

The peas are green fruit chews rolled into 3 balls and wrapped into a green fruit chew rolled out into a circle. Give the ends a pinch to close them up.

Using the orange fruit chews, shape the carrots into cones and score and few lines with a butter knife down the front of the carrot. Make a small hole with a toothpick on the wider end of the cone. The green hair on the carrots…I don’t know what that part is called because I’m typing at midnight and my brain shut down about 3 hours ago 😢…the green fruit chews are rolled up into small balls and then smushed with my finger. Snip some strands on one end and push the other end in the hole. 

The corn is shaped into cones like the carrots using the yellow fruit chews and to make the “kernels” I ran a pizza cutter in vertical and horizontal lines. I made a ball out of the green fruit chews and rolled it out into a circle big enough to wrap around the corn.

The lettuce is a green fruit chew rolled into a ball and then layered with rolled out circles.


The butternut squash I made by rolling the orange fruit chews into a short, fat cylinder. Then I elongated one end with my fingers and tapering it slightly. I tapped the fatter end a bit on the table to get it a little flat. Using my green buttercream and small star tip, I piped leaves but now as I type I’m thinking does squash have leaves? πŸ€” 

The fence I put together using my monkeys craft sticks. As a finishing touch I piped leaves with the leaf piping tip, which I can’t remember the number right now, in between the fence slats. 

So many vegetables so many possibilities when making a garden cake! You could add a scarecrow or a wheelbarrow or even a shovel…oooooh now I want to make another one!! 

Next post I’ll be sharing the techniques that went into making the Chanel Bag cake with fondant makeup…until then…keep it creative!