Monday, May 10, 2010

Flowering Tree

On this shower cake most of the design elements, although indicative of "baby", were not very girly.  This shower was for a little girl.  So I decided to make the tree for the little owls be a flowering tree.  What is better than little pink flowers to say, "precious baby girl."  And, of course, some pink ribbon on the cake board.

Here is how I did it.

I used a small flower cutter made by Wilton.

Roll out the pink fondant nice and thin.  Make sure to generously coat your surface with cornstarch.

Cut out lots of little pink flowers.  I forgot to count, but had somewhere in the neighborhood of 30 little flowers.  I used a soft brush to dust these cutouts with some cranberry colored luster dust.  Have I told you that I love luster dust?  I do.  I could put sparkle on just about anything.

Then I put them in the top half of my piping tip caddy.  It was the perfect size to shape these little flowers.  Let them dry.  Since the fondant is so thin, drying time is minimal.  It took mine about an hour.  My climate is pretty dry.  If you live in a humid climate, leave yourself more time for this.

Next I rolled out the brown fondant into the shape of a tree trunk.  I made one branch to lay on the top of the cake and the other to stand up.  I took approximately 3 1/2" of wire and carefully pushed it into the standing branch.  Since I knew that I would be the person cutting the cake at the shower, I planned to simply discard the piece with the wire in it and not serve it to anyone.  When I make cakes that I will not personally be serving I always give the recipient a thorough run down of anything that is not edible!  I don't want to even think about the disaster that could happen if I didn't.

Brush with a little water and apply the tree to the cake.  There it is, just growing right out of the lower tier.

I piped the rest of the branches with a #3 tip.

Now came the really fun part!  I attached all the cute little flowers with a small dot of white buttercream.  I put a small dot of buttercream in the flower for the center.  I placed a few flowers at the borders on the tiers to look as if they had fallen from the tree.  It's windy here.  A few flowers always get blown off the trees.

Tada!  We're done!  This cake was so much fun to make.  It is right up there as one of my all time favorites.  Thanks Jessie, for letting me make your shower cake.  I loved every minute of it.

Coming up in the next several posts, I've got decorated cookies and Oreo cupcakes for you! 


P.S.  Check out the poetry corner for a poem on Fondant Accoutrements.  That's right, I said, "accoutrements."  A. Poet really gets into the vocabulary.