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Coolest Garden Party Birthday Cake and Cupcakes 34

by Cheryl
(Kansas)

Homemade Garden Party Birthday Cake and Cupcakes

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.

Garden Party Cake



Garden Party Cake

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Coolest Garden Party Cake 31

by Kimberly R.
(Falkville, Alabama)

Homemade Garden Party Cake

Homemade Garden Party 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.

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Coolest Garden Tools Cake 2

by BP
(Spring Hill, Florida)

Homemade Garden Tools Cake

Homemade Garden Tools Cake

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.

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covering woes
by: Anonymous

I don't know what your issue was with the fondant, but here is some tricks I've learned when using homemade fondant.
First when icing the cake, do just enough where the crumbs won't show. More if Chocolate less if yellow and scrap off as much as you can so you can't see it. It's ok if you see crumbs in the icing you just don't want chunks of cake showing. After icing it cool it for a few hours. I have been known to put it in the freezer to hurry it up. you just don't want it frozen. That will cause the fondant to freeze and when it thaws to crack.

Second I have a problem with the icing sticking to my center when rolling it out so I do it between to sheets of parchment paper. This helps with transferring too.

I hope this helps.

some suggestions
by: Anonymous

I knwo this was posted a couple of years ago and hopefully by now youve been able to figure out some tips and tricks with MMF. But maybe for others who havent yet I will post this.

I ALWAYS use MMF, recently opened a bakery and cake shop and still make my own MMF. I use the same amount of BC to cover my cakes as I would if it were a BC cake. I find you have to leave the fondant this enough to conform to the undersaide but still be able to smooth it out on top (rolling it to thin makes it REALLY hard to work with)

The other thing I've adapted overtime with my fondant is the use of clear corn syrup or glucose in it when you make it. It makes a HUGE difference in the pliability of the fondant.

I hope this helps you or someone else!
Take care and Happy Caking

PS very cute cake for your first go :)

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Coolest Garden With Animals Birthday Cake 44

by Daffodil
(Pearland, Texas)

Homemade Garden With Animals Birthday Cake

Homemade Garden With Animals Birthday Cake

Homemade Garden With Animals Birthday Cake
Homemade Garden With Animals Birthday Cake

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 was pleased that everyone liked the design.

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Coolest Gardening Tools and Pots Cake

by Karli W.
(Middlesex)

Homemade Gardening Tools and Pots Cake

Homemade Gardening Tools and Pots Cake

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.

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