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WOODLAND CAKE TUTORIAL

This cake is perfect for a nature lovers birthday or


a woodland themed baby shower. The cake pictured
is a 6 cake, but it can be easily adjusted to any size
round cake.

YOU WILL NEED:


Materials:
A 6 round buttercream-covered cake, or a cake
dummy
Fondant and gum paste, tinted various colours
(brown, grey, beige and black fondant for
the cake, and small amounts of blue, orange,
brown, green, and light beige gum paste for
the accents)
A cake board or stand
Vegetable shortening for rolling out gumpaste
and fondant
Gel Food Colors : Brown, yellow, and purple
Petal Dusts : Brown, green and blue
Edible glue

Tools:
A very sharp craft knife
Fondant roller, small and large
Thin-tipped paintbrush and fan paintbrush
Leaf cutter
Ball tool
Foam pad
Leaf veiner (optional)
Tinfoil to shape leaves
Sharp-pointed kitchen knife
Skewers or toothpicks
Brown floral tape
Small pair of scissors

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INSTRUCTIONS:

! The day before: Make the bird, acorn, leaves and mushrooms:*

1) Wrap two wooden skewers or toothpicks in brown floral tape to make the birds legs. It is only
necessary to wrap them halfway because the other half of the skewer will be hidden in the cake.

2) With blue gum paste, make a teardrop shape about 2 long. Flatten the point of the teardrop to form
the birds tail and bend upwards slightly. Form two flattened teardrop shapes for the wings and point
ends upward slightly. Form a small orange gumpaste cone for the beak. Make a small indent on each
side of the head for the eyes and place a small ball of brown fondant in each, securing with a tiny
amount of edible glue.

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3) Attach the wings and beak to the bird using a small amount of edible glue. Form an egg shape from
light beige fondant.

4) Insert skewers into the bird at the bottom to form his legs, securing with a small amount of edible
glue. Leave bird overnight to dry.

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5) To create acorn, shape a small amount of pale greenish-beige fondant or into a teardrop shape with a
flattened top. Shape a slightly smaller amount of light brown fondant into a thick flattened disc. Using
a small pair of scissors, cut little v-shapes in the fondant, pointing outwards, to create the texture
of the acorn cap. Secure the two pieces together with a small amount of edible glue and let dry
overnight.

6) Using a small amount of very light beige gum paste, form the mushrooms. For the stems, roll varying
lengths of gum paste into tubes with a flattened base at one end. For the caps, shape into a disc with
a rounded point on one side, then insert a dowel or the end of a paintbrush into the other side to
create a small hole. The stem will be inserted into the hole.
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7) Once the gum paste has had a chance to harden for about an hour, apply a small amount of edible
glue in the hole of the cap, and insert the stem. Leave overnight to dry.

8) Roll out and cut however many leaves are desired (I used 7) with any kind of leaf cutter (I used a
small rose leaf cutter). Thin edges with a ball tool and place in veiner if desired; shape with tinfoil to
achieve a slightly curved effect. Leave overnight to dry.

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9) When all fondant and gum paste accents are dry, add a little petal dust to each for depth and extra
colour. (I used a bit of brown on the mushrooms and acorn, a deeper green on the leaves and a bit of
blue on the bird). Add small dots of brown gel food colour to the egg to create a speckled effect.
* The acorn and leaves may be made with fondant but the mushrooms and bird must be made from
gum paste to ensure stability

FOR THE CAKE:

10) Start with a round cake filled and smoothly covered with buttercream (cake should be thoroughly
chilled).
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11) Roll a strip of black fondant as thinly as possible and place on the cake, starting in the middle and
reaching all the way down to the bottom edge. Trim excess from the bottom.

12) Roll out a circle of light beige fondant a bit larger than the diameter of the cake. Let dry slightly,
about 10-15 minutes. Using a sharp craft knife, cut the shape of a crack in the fondant starting in the
middle and going out towards the edge, getting slightly wider as you get nearer the edge. Lift the
circle of fondant and place on top of the cake, with the center of the crack aligning with the center
of the cake, making sure the black strip of fondant is underneath. Smooth over top edges of cake,
creating a sharp corner.
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13) To create bark, combine brown and grey fondant in a marble effect. The fondant does not have to be
smooth; holes and imperfections add to the effect. Roll out the fondant in a strip at least 4 high and
as long as needed to cover the size of cake you are using; for a 6 cake youll need it to be about 22 in
length. Roll to a thickness of about 1/4 and then create dents with a small rolling pin to simulate bark.

14) Use the point and blade of a knife to create both smooth and rough lines and cracks in the bark.
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15) Trim bark to the height of your cake and create little notches every inch or two on each edge with the
point of a knife.

16) Apply bark to the outer edges of your cake, leaving a crack to expose the black fondant where it runs
down the side of the cake.

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17) Now comes the really fun part - painting the cake! I used tiny amounts of brown, yellow and purple
gel food colouring diluted with water to achieve the rings effect. The secret to painting a cake is to
start small and add colour slowly. The more water added, the less bright the colour will be.

18) Start by painting very light yellow circles on the surface of the cake with a very thin brush. The
circles do not need to be perfect!

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19) With a fan brush, start adding small amounts of diluted brown colour to the cake. Sweep the brush
around the cake to achieve the ring effect, making some areas darker than others.

20) Finally, use a bit of diluted purple mixed with a bit of brown on the tip of the thin brush and draw
very narrow lines outward from the center of the cake to the outer edges, emphasizing the cracks in
the wood. If you think youve made a mistake, you probably have only increased the realistic effect of
the wood! Finish by adding tiny dots in purple and brown.
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21) Transfer cake to the plate it will be presented on and add the fondant accents; secure with a bit of
edible glue. Insert the bird into the cake up to where the floral tape starts; for a final effect, create
three little toes from brown fondant and add to the end of the skewer to create feet for the bird.

Enjoy!!
Catherine Beddall
Catherines Cakery
catherinescakery.ca
https://www.facebook.com/catherinescakery

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