Happy Monday!! This is a fun and easy project that will be perfect for the beach themed cakes this summer!! It only takes a handful of materials and you can make these pretty quickly. The only thing that takes time is letting the leaves dry!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Green fondant or gum paste
- Lily or narrow leaf cutter
- Flower form or curved surface for the leaves to dry
- Sugar glue
- Small paint brush
- Covered wires (I use 22 gauge, 6″ long wires)
- Coffee Straws
Step 1: Roll out your green fondant and cut out at least six leaves. I used this Lily Cutter from the Wilton Gum Paste flowers set:
Step 2: Place the leaves on a curved form to dry. I like to dust the form with corn starch or powdered sugar to prevent sticking.
Let them dry for at least 24 hours – you may need more time depending on the softness of your fondant and the humidity where you live.
Wrap up your leftover green fondant and save it – you’ll need it for more steps later!
Step 3: Once the leaves are dry, you’ll need to cut out 6 more leaves. You’ll also need to bend a 6″ wire to fit the curve of the leaf, then use sugar glue to attach it.
Step 4: While it’s still wet, place another (fresh) leaf underneath the bottom – sandwiching the wire in between. Again, let the leaves dry for at least 24 hours. You can align the bottom and top perfectly, or have them offset a little so you’ll have some variation. You can see some of mine offset in the final picture.
Step 5: Push a coffee straw into the soft center of a pirouette, then insert all of the wires of the leaves. Arrange them to make a balanced tree!
Step 7: Push the tree into a cake and you’re done!
If the pirouette is off balance, you can push a bamboo skewer into the bottom of it, then push that into the cake to have more leverage and help it stand up!
If you have any y questions about this tutorial, ask me in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer if I can! Happy Caking!
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