This homemade garden allotment birthday cake did take quite a bit of forward planning! I first went to my local sugar craft shop and bought some sugar paste (fondant) in brown, green, red and black. I got a large cake board.
At home I baked a 10" square cake and left to cool while I covered the board with brown sugar-paste (fondant) mixed with a little black. Make it look like earth lumpy and bumpy! Then I made the plants, basket and dog and set to dry, just pretend you are playing with modeling clay!!
I sliced the cake into 4 squares and sandwiched together with buttercream and covered the outside with it. I then placed the walls with brown fondant and marked in the wood grain before it dried. I added a roof then cut out the door and window replacing them with black fondant. Keep the door, I doubled the thickness with another piece of fondant and marked it with extra fondant with a wood effect.
Place the homemade garden allotment birthday cake on the board and add details like the crack in the window and make the wood look damaged etc. let it all dry for a couple of hours or as I did overnight. Dust windows with silver edible shimmer dust for a glass effect ~ that's your cake! It was for my Dad on his birthday as he loves gardening.
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For my daughter's 5th birthday I decided on a garden theme as the party was based around fairies. I made this Garden Birthday Cake.
For the sponge I used a Betty Crocker carrot cake mix. I simply sandwiched them together using green butter icing.
I used two different lots of coloured butter icing. The idea was to use green butter icing for the edge to resemble grass and blue butter icing to resemble the sky.
Around the edge I bought ready made flowers from a local cake decorating shop. I found other decorations in Lakeland.
I used different flowers to decorate the sides of the cake. I used coctail sticks to hold the heavier decorations in place. If you are worried about using these raw spaghetti works just as well! I placed ladybirds around the flowers.
The candle on top was from a pound shop. In the center it has a sparkler. When lit it lights the other 5 wicks on the edges of the petals. As these catch light the flower opens up and sings happy birthday.
I decorated the top with 3 icing butterflies and some bumblebees. Using edible glitter (pink and lilac) I placed a trail behind them as if they were flying! I then scattered red edible hearts over the top.
I made this Garden birthday cake for a friend who's father was turning 70 years old. He loves to garden.
I used gum paste to make each veggie and the garden signs. I colored small pieces of the gum paste with food coloring. I molded each veggie by hand. I laid them out to dry for about four days. My husband cooked three round 9" chocolate cakes and spread pudding between each layer. He is better at making even layers, so he jumped in to help!
I frosted the cake with a chocolate base coat. It was smooth with no crumbs, so I only did the one coat this time. I evenly spread the chocolate sugar wafers all the way around the cake for a fence effect. I crumbled up several chocolate wafers and spread them over the top of the cake to create the effect of soil or dirt. I then had fun spreading the veggies on the cake to form the garden and I also placed the garden signs accordingly. I also placed a few veggies in the front for decoration and color. I was very pleased with the end result.