meganmo27 Posted 7 Oct 2008 , 2:26pm
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I have an order for a fall themed cake and would like to make some leaves. Does anyone have any ideas on how to make some realistic looking leaves? Thanks!!

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Boofycakes Posted 7 Oct 2008 , 2:35pm
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I have a cake in my gallery that I made a few years ago with fall leaves and acorns. I used a leaf cookie cutter, and I dried my gumpaste in a form so it would curl. Then I dusted with different color petal dusts. If there was something I'd do differently, I'd roll the gumpaste thinner so they would look more realistic. HTH

crisc23 Posted 7 Oct 2008 , 2:37pm
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The best way I have found is to tint some fondant in oranges, ivory and light brown, roll it thin.... about a 3 or 4 on the pasta machine and use leaf cookie cutters to cut the shapes.

Let them dry on formers so they will curve and have shape then airbrush them with brown, orange and yellow.

Here is a cake I did quite a while ago with a few leaves and acorns on it. Since this cake, I have started rolling the fondant much thinner.

http://www.smalltownspecialtycakes.com/images/fallbirthda.JPG

HTH

kakelady00009 Posted 7 Oct 2008 , 2:39pm
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Hi there!
I like to use gumpaste (it rolls out thinner). I make up several balls of different fall colors-burnt red, orange dark yellow, lime green, brown, etc. I will make several of each individual color, and then I will ball up the remainder and roll it out (looks like a tie-dye). Find a good "leaf" shaped cutter and start cutting. You can vein them once you have cut them. If you don't have a veiner, score them gently with a knife to give them their leafy look. I like to scrunch up paper towels and put it in a pan (if I am doing a bunch of leaves) or on a pan. The "dips" in the paper towels give the leaves a realistic curve. You need to work rather quickly 'cause gumpaste dries fast, but it is worth it. If you need to dry them "el rapido" place them in the oven with the oven light on! Put some tape over the over knob-just in case you forget they are in there!!
I hope this helps, they really are quite simple!!

leah_s Posted 7 Oct 2008 , 2:40pm
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Easy. Edible image. Just print them on wafer paper, cut out, then use a palette knife to put on a bit of gel. You can even gather real leaves, scan them and then print those.

kakelady00009 Posted 7 Oct 2008 , 2:45pm
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Hi there!
I like to use gumpaste (it rolls out thinner). I make up several balls of different fall colors-burnt red, orange dark yellow, lime green, brown, etc. I will make several of each individual color, and then I will ball up the remainder and roll it out (looks like a tie-dye). Find a good "leaf" shaped cutter and start cutting. You can vein them once you have cut them. If you don't have a veiner, score them gently with a knife to give them their leafy look. I like to scrunch up paper towels and put it in a pan (if I am doing a bunch of leaves) or on a pan. The "dips" in the paper towels give the leaves a realistic curve. You need to work rather quickly 'cause gumpaste dries fast, but it is worth it. If you need to dry them "el rapido" place them in the oven with the oven light on! Put some tape over the over knob-just in case you forget they are in there!!
I hope this helps, they really are quite simple!!

bobwonderbuns Posted 7 Oct 2008 , 2:47pm
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I use gumpaste or a gumpaste/fondant mix, roll thin and place in a veiner. Then let dry in a curvy fashion (over crumpled plastic wrap for example) and dry dust with lustre and petal dusts. Awesome! icon_biggrin.gif

leah_s Posted 7 Oct 2008 , 2:50pm
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So no one else has used wafer paper? They look real.

melysa Posted 7 Oct 2008 , 2:50pm
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i agree with the gumpaste or a mix of fondant with tylose powder. roll thin, vein or score and bend to dry.

but my favorite favorite FAVORITE (with a bit of whimsy feel) is to paint melted chocolate (white or a mix or white and dark, or dark- any) on the back of a silk leaf or a mint/lemon/rose leaf (clean of course) , let set and then peel , and paint with shimmer dust.

http://www.cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1160987

here are some fondant/tylose leaves. used chocolate fondant,wish i would have started with a beige, not brown. but still nice. i used a silk leaf to make the impression because i did not have a veiner.

http://www.cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1161179

Boofycakes Posted 7 Oct 2008 , 2:55pm
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Originally Posted by leahs

So no one else has used wafer paper? They look real.




It's a great suggestion, but not everyone has the resources to print edible images. For me, rolling out some gumpaste is just easier.

angelbaby612 Posted 7 Oct 2008 , 3:04pm

I'm happy I ran acroos this forum. I am doing my first wedding cake the end of this month, and I plan on putting fall leaves on it. I have never used fondant or gumpaste. I was considering using candy clay or even doing royal icing leaves and just sticking them to the side of the cake. Any suggestions for a beginner?

jillmakescakes Posted 7 Oct 2008 , 3:13pm

I have a wedding cake next weekend with fall leaves!! I used candy clay in red, orange, yellow and apple green. I combine my colors by ripping off pieces of each color and piling them together, then balling them up. I try not to knead them too much. I just used a tin of leaf cutters and my pointy tool to vein them freehand. I had them dry in flower formers generously dusted with powdered sugar. Here they are:
LL

leah_s Posted 7 Oct 2008 , 3:28pm

Even if you don't have an edible image printer, you can purchase them. The are available from "the company that must not be named." icon_smile.gif

msulli10 Posted 7 Oct 2008 , 6:27pm

I took real leaves and traced them over gumpaste after I got the colors right. The pressure from the real leaves left the veining impression and made them more realistic. I found the trick was rolling the gumpaste very thin. See my link http://www.cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1209454

meganmo27 Posted 7 Oct 2008 , 6:44pm

Mylesa,
I love love love your chocolate leaves!! I am wondering how difficult is it to peel the chocolate off? do you peel the leaf off versus the chocolate? how long do you let it set up? Details...I need details:-} thanks!!

AZCakeGirl Posted 7 Oct 2008 , 7:28pm

Yep, what Leahs said....wafer paper totally rocks for making leaves! They really look real! If you don't have a edible image printer & don't want to wait for them to be shipped to you, here's an easy solution.......Google image search "fall leaves" & pick out something that you like. As long as it is not a copywrighted image (which it probably won't be if it's just a picture of leaves) you can take it to your local grocery store bakery & ask them to make an edible image for you. Most bakeries will do it for you (Albertsons, Fry's, Safeway, etc.) for about $6.00 per page. I've heard Wal-mart bakery will do it too for even less. Also, if you put the piping gel on the back of the leaves & lay them on the counter, they will start to curl all by themselves.

marccrand Posted 7 Oct 2008 , 7:36pm

If you do gumpaste, I agree to let them dry on crumpled paper towels. It makes them dry even more naturally than the formers.

That's what I did, but I wish I would've saved a few not dried (maybe they would keep in a ziploc?) to put directly on the cake. Since then ones I made early were already dry I couldn't bend them to look more natural.

bobwonderbuns Posted 9 Oct 2008 , 3:44am

I must say I LOVE those chocolate leaves!! Very nice work! icon_biggrin.gif

susies1955 Posted 9 Oct 2008 , 8:24am
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Originally Posted by AZCakeGirl

Yep, what Leah's said....wafer paper totally rocks for making leaves!




Does anyone have photos of leaves done with wafer paper?
One day I want to try to make an anniversary cake for my son and his wife. They were not happy with the wedding cake that they had made for them and I want to try my hand at it someday after I get more practice.
They wanted fondant and the bakery gal said that no one likes fondant so she did buttercream. It was far from nice. Tasty though.
Here is a photo of it just in case you are wondering. They don't have a close up of it! icon_smile.gif
Susie
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CaitlinC412 Posted 9 Oct 2008 , 11:28am

mylesa I'm in love with your chocolate leaves icon_eek.gif I would love details as well, if you don't mind sharing icon_smile.gif

Caitlin

melysa Posted 9 Oct 2008 , 9:45pm

thanks to those of you who complimented my chocolate leaves!

it was really easy. you can use silk leaves ( walmart for less than a dollar a bunch), wipe then clean and dry, then temper the chocolate. use a butter knife or wide paint brush to spread the chocolate on to the back (or even a few on the front.) of the leaf. set them on a parchment lined cookie sheet and chill for maybe 10-20 minutes, then peeled the silk leaf away from the chocolate. wear cotten gloves that are for handling chocolate to avoid getting finger marks on them, but as long as its tempered it should hold its shape well. peel the leaves off slowly as not to break them. rechill them and then dust with luster dusts and small paint brushes. simple, and so pretty!

xstitcher Posted 10 Oct 2008 , 12:49am

Thanks for the info melysa and fantastic job on the leaves too! icon_smile.gif

bobwonderbuns Posted 10 Oct 2008 , 12:59am

Well heck, how come I can't PM anyone??? Even the search button is gone... icon_cry.gif Is it just me? icon_confused.gif

xstitcher Posted 10 Oct 2008 , 1:12am
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Well heck, how come I can't PM anyone??? Even the search button is gone... icon_cry.gif Is it just me? icon_confused.gif




Nope not just you, I can't PM anyone either, maybe it's because their doing the maintenance on the site right now??? I hope that's all it is....

chelseafitz Posted 10 Oct 2008 , 1:22am

Oh Melysa, I could just kiss you, I too have been looking for a way to make cool leaves for a cake. Your leaves were so cool...I tried it today and I was blown away, I have never worked with chocolate before and it was so cool. Thanks so much for your suggestion!

mom4kidsnm Posted 10 Oct 2008 , 1:40am
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Originally Posted by susies1955

Quote:
Originally Posted by AZCakeGirl

Yep, what Leah's said....wafer paper totally rocks for making leaves!



Does anyone have photos of leaves done with wafer paper?
One day I want to try to make an anniversary cake for my son and his wife. They were not happy with the wedding cake that they had made for them and I want to try my hand at it someday after I get more practice.
They wanted fondant and the bakery gal said that no one likes fondant so she did buttercream. It was far from nice. Tasty though.
Here is a photo of it just in case you are wondering. They don't have a close up of it! icon_smile.gif
Susie




Here is a wedding cake from a few years ago that has wafer paper leaves. The leaves were dusted with luster dust before they were placed on the cake.
LL

CaitlinC412 Posted 10 Oct 2008 , 1:47am

Melysa - (sorry about my typo in your name earlier, lol), any idea how much chocolate you use when you make these on average? Also, I have never worked with luster dust or anything like it before. When you dry dust with it does it come off on clothes/lips/hands??

__Martha__ Posted 10 Oct 2008 , 12:16pm

Leahs - thank you for the great idea.

I have just printed three pages of leaves on the wafer paper and do they ever look awesome! Now I am just not sure what to do with them. I have a wedding cake to do in two weeks and she just wants fall colours and leaves - not a picky bride (relative).

I don't want to stick them directly to the cake (Chocolate Fondant), but have them floating down the side and around the bottom. Once they are cut out, is there anything I should be doing to 'form' them? I've read that you can steam them or put piping gel on top. That sounds kind of messy. Can anyone out there point me in the right direction?

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meganmo27 Posted 10 Oct 2008 , 1:42pm

Melysa,
Thank you so much for your more detailed explanation! I'm going to give it a whirl today icon_biggrin.gif

hwnhulahands Posted 10 Oct 2008 , 2:08pm

I am so happy i found this thread. I want to do a fall cake for my best friend but never took flower making classes or anything and i want to know how to make the leaves look realistic. Thanks for all the ideas....

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