I almost started this post with, “A few weeks ago I got this last minute order…” but then I realized that wouldn’t be true. I actually sent this order out on August 10. Yeah… I’m that far behind on sharing cakes. Oops.
Anyway, so back in August, I got a sort of last minute order for a young man celebrating his 18th birthday. His mom mentioned that he would be joining the family logging business and asked if I had any ideas for a cake.
After a few google searches, I settled on this design. It was relatively easy to put together and with a little detail work, the cake had a nice wow factor (or at least I thought so!).
To make this cake, I baked four 7″ round cakes and stacked three of them up for the main part of the tree stump. I used the extra to fill out the roots near the bottom and give it some natural lumps and bumps (I broke it up, mixed with some frosting sort of like a cake ball texture and used it like dough).
For the tree look, I used a tree bark texture mat, then I used a butter knife to add more details and some deeper grooves to really make the tree trunk texture pop. I used my extruder for the grass and vines and I used an ivy leaf cutter from the Wilton Flowers Gum Paste set.
The rings of the tree were done by hand with a tool from the Gum Paste Tools set and I used my Fox Run Alphabet cutters to do the lettering. The brown fondant was Satin Ice Dark Chocolate Brown mixed with a little homeamade marshmallow fondant to lighten it. The leaves and the top of the tree were done with mmf colored green and the tan color.
And I think that’s it!!
Do you have any questions about this cake? Please leave them in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer and help out!
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