Coolest Garden Party Birthday Cake and Cupcakes 34
Homemade Garden Party Birthday Cake and Cupcakes
My daughter's birthday is in April and she wanted to have a Spring Garden party theme. I had just bought the book, "Hello Cupcake" and was inspired by their butterfly and sunflower cupcakes. After making the cupcakes I decided to make an actual cake to go with them.
I used the same decorating techniques described in the book but put them on the cake instead of cupcakes and it all came together so much better then I expected. Using the techniques in the book the butterflies were pretty easy to make (but time consuming).
The antennae were a pain as they are very delicate and kept breaking. For added drama I put the cake up on a cake stand and then bought the vibrant fresh flowers to put under the cake.
This Garden Party Cake is a 10-8-6 inch yellow cake iced with green tinted buttercream icing. All of the flowers, bow, lady bugs and bees are made with fondant. The open flowers were shaped by letting dry on an upside down shotglass.
The bees and lady bugs were painted with black paste food coloring. The butterflies are picks. The sign with the babies name on it was written on with a food writer pen. The bow was dried and shaped by using a paper towel roll that I cut into. Then I covered it with parchment paper so the bow would slide off easily. I took a toothpick and made the leaves look more real like.
This Garden Tools Cake was for my Mother-in-Law's birthday. It was my first fondant cake I've ever made (my daughter helped with the decorations). I made my own marshmallow fondant myself. I really like the taste of the fondant, but had some issues covering the cake.
Being a newbie, I'm not sure if I used too much icing on the cake before applying the fondant or it was the way I made the fondant. Gotta say it was a learning experience and I'm looking forward to my next one! The flower pot was a muffin covered in fondant. The gloves and shovel were both fondant. The flowers, grass and accents were all buttercream.
I decided to make a Homemade Garden With Animals Birthday Cake for my daughter's first birthday since she loves animals and flowers. I made a 4 inch cake made of carrot and chocolate and placed a filling in between layers. I then covered the cake with a thin layer of buttercream icing and pink fondant. I piped royal icing on the sides to form a vine and attached the flowers and the other decorations on top of the cake that are made of gum paste. The gum paste decorations were made ahead of time.
I made this Gardening Tools and Pots Cake for my Father in Law. I made the tools and pots out of sugerpaste. The 'mud' in the pots is chocolate buttercream. One has sprinkles in it and the other has a sugerpaste tree. The pots are attached to the cake with a small bit of spaghetti.