I made this apple cake for a teacher that I work with that was honored through our district as "Teacher of the Year". I started with three eight inch round cakes (two chocolate and one vanilla) layered with chocolate ganache frosting with almonds.
Once the cakes were stacked, I carved out the shape of an apple including the little hole on top for the stem. I covered the cake with marshmallow fondant that I made and tinted green. I created the leaf out of a slightly darker green fondant.
The stem was made from a pretzel rod (my husband's idea). Then, I cut out letters with small alphabet cutters from the same green fondant that I used for the leaf. I dusted the whole cake with edible shimmer powder applied with a small paint brush.
This apple cake is a yellow cake layered and frosted with lemon icing. I used 3, 9" round cakes and also baked a cake in a bowl for a rounded top. After the layers were frosted, I carved around the cake at an inward angle at the bottom and an outward angle at the top, also inward at the center of the top for the dip where the stem is.
Once it was frosted I rolled yellow fondant and covered the cake smoothing it out as I went. I bought a fake stem of apples at a craft store and cut the apples from it for the stem.
I let the cake sit overnight and once it was settled I glazed it with a mixture of Triplesec and clear corn syrup. It was a big hit!
This apple cake was made for a teacher's birthday. The cake itself is one 9" round cake topped with a medium sized Pyrex bowl of cake. I stacked the two together and trimmed down the edges to form the shape.
I then took the shavings and laid them on top of the apple to create the ridges at the top. I covered the cake with rolled fondant and smoothed it out to emphasize the ridges. I then hand painted the cake using Wilton red coloring and corn syrup to get the super shiny outside look.
I used a bamboo skewer for the stem and pipe cleaners for the leaf. The worm on the side is also made from green pipe cleaners.