My dad was 83 this year and as he is a keen gardener and always complaining about his rhubarb. I decided to make him a cake which was all about him.
The cake was 10 inches in diameter and made from a Christmas Fruit cake recipe - so that it would last. Over a number of days I modelled my dad and my step mum Eileen. She is modelling shorts and blouse - these are the clothes she always wears. Dad is never seen without a shirt and tie - even in the middle of summer and even in the garden - so that's what he's wearing. He is also styling a cap and I put a blackbird on his head.
I covered the cake in green fondant and sat dad in the middle of the rhubarb plant reading his daily newspaper - made from sugar paste. He has had a rabbit in the garden recently so I placed a bunny next to him. I made a bird table - because he loves birds and placed bird on it.
I made a wheelbarrow from sugar paste and filled it with sugarpaste carrots. A watering can is also in the picture. Finally I adorned the cake with flowers.
My Dad's Garden Cake was a big hit and dad absolutely loved this cake so much he invited all his old friends to come and see it. They all said it captured his essence.
I made this vegetable garden cake for my step dads 60th birthday. He loves gardening so I thought this would be the best cake for him. It is a 12inch square fruit cake and the shed is sponge cake. It is covered with vanilla butter cream and colored fondant.
If you noticed the animals on the cake, they represent his three cats and rabbit and guinea pig (in the vegetable patch). I just molded these myself out of fondant,as well as the vegetables. The soil is crushed chocolate cookies with curly whirls as the fence. Apart from making the fruit cake which took three weeks, I decorated this cake over two nights (I was up until midnight each night though).
The man is my step dad, he was molded out of fondant and I used wire to sit him up. He loved the cake, (almost made him cry). It was a surprise for him, arranged by me and my mum in secret. I have made birthday cakes for family in the past but this was the most detailed one I have done so far. I was very proud of the final result and so was my family. Everyone wants one now.
The design of this garden cake is not exclusively mine though, I tend to take bits and pieces of ideas from other online cakes to create mine. The two flower pots were made from a cupcake and a mini-mini-cake pan. The pot of mum's is my favorite and was so simple to do using a star tip to create the tiny mums.
To recreate these simply pipe a slight mound and begin piping circles of stars from the center out. For the other pot I glued store-bought royal flowers to wires covered in florist wrap. The gloves were the most fun to make. I rolled the fondant out very thick and free-hand carved them out. I also stacked them to dry so they would fall more naturally.
The details on the seed packets and gloves were painted on using a tiny brush and food color. This was before I learned about those wonderful edible markers! I love those things and highly recommend them.
The other garden items were fondant as well and you are welcome to use any of my ideas for your cakes. Thanks for looking!