I have a cake due for Friday that is supposed to have a veggie garden on it. The lady didn't request anything over the top, just carrots, tomatoes, green beans. But I have never made veggies and have no idea where to start. The carrots don't seem too difficult, but what about the others? Should I use, BC, RI, fondant?? Any help would be greatly appreciated! TIA
I have an Easter joke...I mean cake...In my gallery with a few fondant veggies. The 'lettuce' is a fondant ball with a few fondant 'leaves' attached around it. The tomatoes and carrots are fondant with royal icing 'leaves' or sprout thingies on the top...what ever those are called...vines I guess for the tomatoes. I really don't like the cake itself but the veggies actually came out ok! LOL. There are a few awesome garden cakes on CC...just search for them. You could probably search under garden or veggies.
Fondant is a great sculpting tool! And you can eat it! If you eat a fondant vegetable does that count in the daily serving thing?? LOL Just kidding....here's some ideas for you to try:
I usually do them in marzipan. You can buy it already made at the grocery store, and then color it. I think if you search the internet I got the idea from Martha Stewart.
I agree w/the other poster - fondant is the way to go. Some can be piped w/b'cream right on the cake - pinkish dots for radishes; green cabbages (roses) red balls for tomatoes (but....these should really be on an upright vine of fondant or gp); make a few full carrots w/a dusting of dirt on them laying by the garden, more orange dots in the ground w/green tops. The beans might be a problem - not exactly sure how to do those in such a mini fashiion. They grow on a vine upright... lots of tip 2 lines up a RI or dried fondant trellis stuck upright in the cake, then some tiny comma shaped beans (make small sausages, flatten, curve and pinch both ends) hung here & there?
Oh, you're going to have a good time!!! I have veggie cupcakes and a cake in my photos and they remain some of my favorites!!!
I just took a big chunk of gumpaste and colored it red, green, yellow, orange, purple and then played with it. Then once they were dry, I placed them on the cake or cupcakes and used buttercream (green) for the leaves. Could I have done more or fancier? Yep, but garden cakes are cute and fun!!!
Green onions - roll out a very thin snake of gumpaste and fold in half. Let dry flat. The folded section will get inserted into the icing.
Tomato - ball of red!
Peppers - oval of your color of choice, use a toothpick to score lines.
Cucumber/squash/gourds - roll a log, thin at an end for a squash or curve a bit for a cuke
Eggplant - oval with one end larger than the other
Pumpkin - orange ball, score with a toothpick
Brocooli - dark green balls smooshed together, dot with a toothpick for texture, wrap with green leaves
Cauliflower - white ball, dot with a toothpick, wrap with green leaves
Cabbage - leaves formed around a ball, starting from the inside working out
Have fun!!! I can't wait to see a picture!!!
Those are awesome!! I haven't worked w/fondant yet, so I am very nervous about it. Would it be easier to just color the fondant before making the veggies? I won't need very many of each of them, but I really want them to look real. Thanks for your help!
Thank you all so much! These are great ideas, I am even more excited now, and not quite as nervous. I will upload a photo when it's done. Thanks again, ya'll are great!
Also if you have Martha Stewart's Garden DVD, Michelle Bommarito does a number of marzipan veggies on a Peter Rabbit cake. It's a great tutorial!
ohmy! those WD veggies are toooo cute!!!
I made some fondant veggies several weeks ago. you are right - the carrots are EZ!
here's the picture of it:
for green beans, couldn't you just make green ropes, pinch one end, and then score a line down each side? that seems pretty simple.
and the tomatoes seem simple too. make red balls, and indent the top and put some leafy green things on top. in my picture of the strawberry, I pressed out a small floral shape and distorted it a little and pressed it on top.
please post a picture when you get it done!
I knew I could find help on here! Thanks Marysmom for the link to the WD article. You guys are just great. I will definately have fun w/this and will upload a pic. Thanks all!!
OH yeah! I've made things from Starbursts and used it just like modeling clay. And they are tastier!! You can also flavor the fondant. I use lemon, or mint, and you can use any of your favorite flavors if you like!
The sky's the limit!!
And how cute is that garden pic!!!??
ok, I finally got the cake finished and the pics uploaded! It wasn't as complicated as I thought it would be. THANKS to all the help that I got on here. Ya'll are the greatest!! I do realize that my sizes are off on the veggies, that is something that I will work on,lol! Hope she likes it. Thanks again to you all!!
Oh you did a really good job.
Yah I hear you on the size thing....I'd prolly have done the same...not good in thing like that
That turned out great!!! How cute!
You should fix your photo so that we can all comment on them!!
Thanks, Momkiksbutt! I fixed it so you can comment on the photos now. Sorry about that, I am still new to all of this. This is the best website ever!
I added some chocolate garden tools to the cake. I will try to post that photo. There were a couple of shovels, a garden hat and a seed packet. The lady loved the cake! Thanks for all the great ideas & help!