I wanted to make a special cake for my Nana's 80th birthday. She is a keen gardener and that is how I came up with the idea of a flower pot for the cake. The flowers and leaves were fairly simple and were made over a few days whenever I had a little time to spare.
For the cake I used 3 x 22cm round tins. The cake was carrot (mud cake would have been more suitable as it resembles soil but I just love carrot cake) and was sandwiched together with lemon butter cream. I then covered and shaped the cake with white chocolate ganache. Once the ganache layer was complete and set I covered the 'pot' with terracotta colored fondant, and made an extra strip to wrap around the top for the rim of the pot.
I covered the top of the pot with dark brown fondant (crumbled choc' biscuits would have been effective too), and then inserted my fondant flowers and leaves. I wiped a little cornflower over the terracotta icing to give it an authentic terracotta look. I made a fondant 'tag' and wrote happy birthday on it, and attached it to the the pot with some rustic looking string and florists wire. I also made the trowel with some left over fondant.
My youngest daughter was turning 3 and she chose the flower and bugs theme at the local party store. I was able to borrow two different sized flower cake pans from a friend and I made the fondant from a marshmallow fondant recipe I found online. To color the fondant, I found it easier to add the food coloring while the fondant is still in liquid form. I also make my own buttercream icing.
To make the fondant shapes I rolled the fondant out as thin as I could get it and used my smallest biscuit cutter for all the shapes, from there, I just used a knife. I made two different flowers, ladybugs, and butterflies. To make them stick, I just dabbed a little water on the back side. My daughter was absolutely thrilled by the way it turned out and I was quite surprised too. The way I made it, it does not require any support.
This Flowers Birthday Cake was for an 88 year old Birthday. Top is blended red, yellow, and orange-red buttercream. Sides are chocolate brown basket weave.
I prepared fondant roses in advance of 2 colors - orange-pink, and purple (got this from youtube) Roll the fondant into small balls, get a Ziploc baggie and use to smooth into shape of petals. Alternate until you get size rose you want. I placed on corners of cake, adding in different color buttercream roses until full, and green and brown leaves. Threw in yellow buttercream mums (drop flower tip).
I decorated with fall garland surrounding cake. Huge success!
This Flowered Cake was for my daughter's 12th birthday. She loved this cake and I've gotten so many compliments on this one. It was a simple white cake with buttercream icing and flowers. The butterfly was made with fondant.