Friday, December 16, 2011

Ruffled Christmas Tree cake


 Oh Christmas Tree!

Oh, I used that intro last time.
My bad.

Wanna see how to make this ridiculously raucous ruffled rarity?


Let me show you my inspiration. I saw this photo of a shirt on Pinterest and it screamed cake to me. (Sorry I do not know the owner of this photo.)
"MAKE ME INTO A CAKE!"

 


Ok, stop yelling at me. I will!



I wanted to make it a little bit more fun by coloring the batter. How did I do it you ask? Just make two batches of batter and color them with your gel or paste colors. Then just plop blobs of the batter into the pan alternately and randomly. Do not spread it out with a spatula, nor stir or swirl it. That will make the colors mix and give you black cake. Ask me how I know. :) .... Bake as usual.



Then I carved a basic triangular tree shape from the cake and used a leftover piece for the trunk. I decided after the first cuts that the tree was too thin, so I added small strips on each side to make it fatter. You can see the icing seems where I glued those pieces together.



Crumb coated.



Covered in fondant. You can surely use buttercream if you like.




Now it is time to make the ruffles. Cut a long strip of fondant.


 Use white fondant to cut circles for your polka dots.




Attach the fondant to the cake. Just pinch and  press the top edge of the fondant ruffle as you go along the width of the cake. Use shortening as your glue and you will love me forever. Trust me on this. No mess. No drippies. No smears. No cuss words. :)

I put the polka dots on after the green ruffle was on the cake. It was much easier to do it that way, rather than trying to do it before. Trust me again. I tried it both ways. First way involved some cuss words. :)



Red strip of fondant with thinner white strips.


Attach the stripes before you put the ruffle on the cake. Trust me on this too. I tried  to add them after the ruffle was applied, and it involved some cuss words. :)



Pinch and ruffle as you go along. Use paper towel scraps to prop up your ruffles or they will just droop down flat.




This green ruffle used the PME smocking roller. Don't even think about doing the impression after the ruffle is on the cake! :)




In place.




Another white ruffle with bigger red polka dots.



Diagonal white stripes on green ruffle.



Keep it on going all the way up the tree.




I finished mine with a bow on the top. Prop it up with paper towels until fully dry and firm.When everything is fully dry, take all the paper towels out. If you have dryness, cornstarch residue, or just want to refresh the look of the cake, we then do what?   I know you know! :)



Fondant clay gun squiggles and polka dots to dress up the board.



Cute, yes?

Let's see how the inside looks:


Fun, yes?



Kewl.




I love my little ruffly tree cake. I think the Tshirt would be proud.





What other color combinations do you think would be cute for this cake?


I hope you like it and try it!

Happy Caking!
Sharon

46 comments:

Jenn said...

THis would be a great concept for an Easter Egg cake as well!!!! Great JOb! THanks!!!!!

Anonymous said...

So incredibly cute!!!

Sharon said...

Totally adorable and so very colorful and Christmas-y....love it!!! Thanks, Sharon, for sharing with us!!!

Art of Confection said...

Oh my gosh, I love this cake! So adorable. I need to bake something for a work Christmas party on Monday and couldn't decide what to do. Decision made -I know it will be a hit!!!

Bobiemt said...

Brilliant! Thanks for sharing!

Julie Reid said...

Love it, Love it, Love it!!!

Paula {JustABiteDesserts.com} said...

What a super wow! Your creativity is outstanding and I love your writing - so honest and helpful to those following you. This is one terrific looking cake with sensational details! Thanks for sharing your how-to.

Save The Date Cakes, LLC. said...

Love, love, love this cake, Sharon!! If you could only see me right now... I'm bowing to your cake greatness! =)

Marion said...

Thanks Sharon!! How incredibly creative. My family is going to LOVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVE this!!!

Hope you and your family have a fabulous Christmas and that you get a chance for some well earned R&R.

jackie R. said...

sharon you are phenomenal! This is an awesome cake! Thanks for sharing.

golfergal said...

I got the biggest laugh out of your explanations and absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE this cake...it is adorable! I am definitely going to make this for the holidays....what an absolute talent you are and your wittiness is exactly what I needed today! I teach junior high and kids made 20 cakes today with fondant...I think I uttered some of those cuss words under my breath many many times today!

MÜNSTER said...

Mükemmel, cok basarili... Tebrik ederim.....

Julie said...

Precious! I saw the t-shirt on Pinterest and wanted to make it for my Goddaughter - never thought of cake!

jane said...

so cute...thank you!!

jane said...

So adorable! Thank you!

Jessica Huval said...

Awesome!!! As far as suggestions...a black and gold Saints cake would be oh so fine too!!!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you!
Jessica

jaime said...

I made this cake after I saw you post a picture but before you posted a tutorial! I LOVE it! I wish I waited till you had the tutorial up... my ruffles went a little flat :( but it's still cute! I think pinks and greens would also be cute and LSU colors! Do you sell the flocking roller?

Alison said...

Such a fabulous cake!

LORENA said...

Bellissimo!!!!!!!!!!!

Elaine said...

So cool!

T. Myers said...

I absolutely love this cake!! Wooohoooo to you, Sharon! Thank you for sharing it with us, it is greatly appreciated. I haven't really been in the Christmas mood and looking at this tutorial, made me smile :-) I think I might just make it.
Thanks again and Happy Holidays to you and your family!!

Cristy said...

Love Love LOVE this cake! I won't have time to do it for Christmas but it would be awesome as a baby doll dress for a shower cake...or some other Spring Fling idea...just have to work on a shape:)

Ronnie said...

Just cute as can be. So nice and neat and Christmas!!!

Anonymous said...

Wow! You are a cake decorating genius! Love it! Love it! Love it!

Anonymous said...

Oh my!! This is beautiful and so doable! THanks Sharon! ;)

Karen @ Sugartown Sweets said...

I almost clicked away from this post as I really thought it was a craft. I could not believe it was CAKE! It's truly amazing!

Chiomzie said...

Hi Sharon, I love this cake. But what do you do to refresh the cake if it's dried out or has corn starch or sugar residue? Or just make it look fresh? I don't know and you didn't say what in the tutorial. please share....

SugarEd Productions said...

hi Chiomzie,

You give it a light brushing with shortening!

Fabiana said...

Me encantó... definitivamente voy a hacerla este fin de semana... Gracias Sharon...
I love it... I'll do it this weekend... Thanks Sharon.

Anonymous said...

Hey Miss Sharon! I am doing two of these cakes for "Happy Birthday Jesus" parties. What size pan did you use to bake the cake?

Julie Stottman said...

Didn't mean to be anonymous... The above question is from Julie Stottmann :-)

SugarEd Productions said...

hey Julie, a 12x16 and I carved it with the wide side facing me. the 16 inch side was left to right when i was looking at it. did that make sense?

Julie Stottmann said...

Yep, makes sense to me! Thanks!

Susan said...

rumpheAbsolutely beautiful.....I have several of your tutorial videos; have learned so much from you. You're a cake genius and so funny too. Merry Christmas to you!!!

Rhonda Joy Closson said...

Amazing!

Anonymous said...

Great idea for a barbie doll cake...love it!

gaviota4fly said...

Amazing! Wonderful!

gaviota4fly said...

Love it! Amazing ! Georgeus!

Sherrene (The Sugar Tree) said...

This is absolutely beautiful! I admire the dedication and patience of cake decorators...what a lot of work!

Nicole ~ The Diva said...

I was pointed to you by Sweet Creations on FB. That cake is So Awesome. I will have to try the ruffles on something for Valentines day or Easter. Thanks so much for the tut.

Nicole

Sugar and Stitches

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jennie w. said...

This would be an adorable Valentines cake done all in red and pink and white. Hmmm, I think I might need to have a party just to make this cake!

P.S. Just signed up for your buttercream class in Austin!

Elsie Aikens said...

Oh I luv this! So fun! Gives me other ideas :)

Elsie Aikens said...

Oh, thank you for posting!

Anonymous said...

That's funny- I saw the cake and thought what a great shirt it'd make! It's better than the shirt you got the idea from!

Anonymous said...

Speechlees :-0

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this tutorial, I decorated my fruit cake at Christmas using your design and absolutely wowed everyone!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/87727373@N05/8365971648/in/photostream/lightbox/