Woodland Animals Tree Stump Cake & Smash Cake
Ya’ll… I’m having a weird week. Monday was hard after my little email screw-up, then Tuesday we took the day off from our normal routine (which was fun!) but it left me with very little time to blog, so here I am in the wee hours of Wednesday morning, hammering out my first cake post in several days.
Besides all of that, I’m super-duper excited/nervous about CakeFest this week and I just can’t seem to focus. But I’m going to get through this post and share it one way or another … even if I have to eat this entire 1 pound bag of Easter M&M’s sitting next to me and stay up til dawn! Haha!
So, when looking at my oldest non-published cakes today, I thought it was ironic that the next one to publish was this Woodland Animals Tree Stump Cake done back in January 2014. Why? Because that’s exactly the cake theme I was working on a year later – in 2015!
So, let me tell you about this cake! The big party cake was a double-barrel cake. I baked 4 layers of 7″ round cake and stacked and filled them the same way I did this Rocket Ship Cake (click here for a tutorial on doing a double-barrel cake). I use Magic Line 7″ round pans… that brand is my fave!!
I have noted in my schedule from last year that it was chocolate cake and strawberry cake… I honestly don’t remember making it two different flavors, so I’m not sure if it was half and half or mixed or maybe Neapolitan or what, but anyway….
To decorate, I covered the cake in white homemade marshmallow fondant then used Satin Ice Brown to make the tree that wrapped around. To add color and dimension, I added the leaves by cutting green homemade marshmallow fondant with leaf cutters from this Wilton gum paste flowers set.
Because I did this cake more than a year ago, I don’t remember all of the details – but I do remember that my client wanted a “1” on top (see my tutorial for doing fondant number cake toppers here) and all the little animals on the cake… and the mushrooms… so I made plenty of them!
In fact, I made so many (because I’m always terrified of toppers breaking or falling apart) that I had extras to put on the smash cake. I mean really… after all the time it takes to make them, why waste them after doing all that work???…
The little smash cake was all buttercream (except the toppers and name, of course). It was 5″ round cakes (2 layers) with chocolate and vanilla buttercream. I’m pretty sure the inside of this cake was blue at the client’s request, but maybe that line in my notes is incorrect!? I’m just not sure.
You’d think I wouldn’t forget details like that but now that I’m doing hundreds of cakes a year, they really do all begin to run together!
For Callum’s name, I used my Fox Run Letter Cutters… that’s a set that I use all the time and are very versatile! If you’re in the market for letters that you can use in lots of designs, this is one of my favorite sets!
Anywho… so that’s all I’ve got for ya tonight… or this morning?! I really want to write up a post over at Rose Atwater tonight too, so I’m off for now!
By the way – are any of you coming to CakeFest at the end of this week? If so and you see me there…. please, please say hello!! I’ll be there with my hubby and this is what we look like:
That was fun putting together a little collage of some recent pics of us 🙂 I love that man to the moon and back and wow… he makes me happy!! Anywho – it’s late and I’m easily entertained, so I’m off to write on my other blog.
Wait – I should also mention that the main cake was inspired by a picture my client sent me. I can’t find that photo now, but if you recognize this cake, I’d love to acknowledge the original design!
Do you have any questions about this cake and/or smash cake? If so, leave me a comment!
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While you’re here, check out these other Woodland themed and Tree themed and Camping themed cakes I’ve done: