I made this cake for my 5th Wedding Anniversary. The 5th Wedding Anniversary is often known as the "Wooden" Anniversary, and I wanted a cake to fit the theme. I thought a tree stump cake would be really cute and perfect! This is the first time I have tried to make a cake like this, I thought it turned out pretty well and I received many complements!
This homemade 5th anniversary cake was pretty easy to make, I used a Betty Crocker cake mix flavored 'butter pecan' because I love that flavor and I thought it sounded woodsy, but you can use any flavor. I made two 8" round cakes. The brown icing was Duncan Hines Carmel instead of the traditional chocolate, and It was really yummy! The white was Betty Crocker buttercream.
Frost the top with white first, then the sides in brown. Use long strokes with a butter knife to make the 'bark' look, starting at the bottom and peaking it up around the edges at the top. Finish with piping brown rings on the top for the tree rings. You can then decorate with icing ivy or flowers if you like, and I used green tinted coconut for the grass around the bottom.
The Mushrooms are meringue mushrooms, you can find some good recipes on Google for them and they were also super easy to make. I glued them together with melted chocolate chips. I used our original wedding cake topper of 2 dragons for my cake, but it would also look really cute with a fairy couple topper or those cute figurines of animals as couples. Have fun!
This was my 1st time doing a drape but i loved the outcome! I used a 8" and 6" pan. I used Duffs dark chocolate fondant and food coloring for the drape. The gold ribbon and flowers arent edible.The rings are fondant. I crumbcoated the 2 cakes. I rolled the fondant out and covered my 2 cakes w/ the chocolate fondant. When stacking the cakes, i put a little royal icing on the bottom tier so that the top tier would stick to it. I then wrapped the gold ribbon around the cakes and sealed them at the ends with royal icing. After that, I rolled out the fondant for the drapes. I layed out 3 thick drinking straws, spaced them apart a little and layed the fondant over them. I made sure to let the fondant take the shape of the straws and then i tapped the straws from underneathe the fondant and then grabbed both ends of the fondant and formed a drape. I finished the cakes off with the flowers and the rings!
First I took two sheets of white cake and chilled them in the fridge. The bottom layer of the anniversary cake I covered in frosting then added strawberry filling. Then I put on the second layer of cake and frosted the whole cake together.
Then took a old and a new picture of my grandparents and photo copied them on to thin paper and put them in the cake. I took yellow icing and decorated the cake. Everyone loved it.