Kimberly (simplykimberly) wrote in bakingbuds,
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Forest Cake!

(xposted)

My dear friend deedeebythebay's youngest had her birthday today, and I was asked to make the cake.

(Click on any photo to see the whole set, which shows the entire process of making this cake!)

1cricketsong requested a "rain forest" cake, with frogs, snakes, and crickets. Well, the crickets didn't make it, and the forest didn't turn out to be entirely like a rain forest, but ... it's still pretty darned cool, I think!

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The birthday girl's first look at the cake:

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The cake itself is half vanilla, and half chocolate.

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It's covered first in a layer of vanilla buttercream, and then decorated/covered in chocolate buttercream vines/forest floor. The green on the floor is buttercream.

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The trees trunks are lace cookies that I made. The palm fronds are sour apple strips/leather, cut into shape with a pair of scissors. The leaves on the sides of the cake are royal icing, and the border along the bottom is green buttercream (vanilla).

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The frogs are royal icing, as are the snakes.

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The water is homemade marshmallow fondant, colored blue, and marbled. It was then painted with piping gel mixed with a VERY small amount of silver lustre dust. The gel that got too much of the dust turned out to be great for the white water, where there was a need to show movement/motion in the water (under the falls, etc.)

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The nearly universal response to this cake was "Oh my GOD!" I'm pretty tickled by how it came out, especially the water! This was a very fun cake to do :)

(BWaaa haaa haaa ... I forgot that the spell-checker wants to change "cakeity" to "deity" ;) That just makes me laugh!)

Happy new year, everyone!
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