Need Help Making Realistic Fall Leaves

Decorating By meganmo27 Updated 18 Nov 2008 , 3:23pm by norma20

melysa Posted 10 Oct 2008 , 2:51pm
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Originally Posted by chelseafitz

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!

i'll pass on the kiss, hahaha but i am glad that you had a good time making them. post a picture soon!

melysa Posted 10 Oct 2008 , 2:57pm
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Originally Posted by CaitlinC412

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 or anything like it before. When you dry dust with it does it come off on clothes/lips/hands??

i dont recall how much chocolate i used, its been awhile since i've made those. maybe one bag of chocolate chips for about 20-25 leaves? i think i may have put a second layer of chocolate to make them strong.

use a good brush to dust the leaves, wiping off excess so as not to make a dusty mess. it washes off of skin and clothing with soap and water. not water soluable so its color wont disolve into clothing to cause stains...though it may leave a sparkle here or there.

chelseafitz Posted 10 Oct 2008 , 8:32pm
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Ok here are the leaves I tried. I stole a fake leaf off one of my fall decorations and took some rose leaves from my rose bush outside. I did the fake leaf backwards and it is bugging me, I keep wanting to turn it around I did the rose leaves on the backside and they turned out great. Dusted with some luster dust and they turned out really cool. I tried white and dark chocolate.
Thanks for all the great ideas, and to the original poster for starting this thread I learned so much.

melysa Posted 11 Oct 2008 , 3:32am
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DaisyLisa17 Posted 11 Oct 2008 , 3:04pm
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Wow!!! Those look great!!! I cannot wait to try them. Thanks for your idea melysa!

xstitcher Posted 12 Oct 2008 , 3:41am
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Those look fantastic! thumbs_up.gifthumbs_up.gif

gmilton Posted 12 Oct 2008 , 2:07pm
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Hi -

I was just reading this post about the fall leaves made from chocolate and dusted with luster dust. They are beautiful! I would love to make them for my daughter's fall party in her class, but I'm curious if the leaves are edible with the luster dust on them? I know if I make those leaves, the kids are going to want to eat them. I've never worked with luster dust before, so I don't know anything about it. Also, is it something I could pick up at Michael's or is it special order?


chelseafitz Posted 12 Oct 2008 , 2:10pm
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Thanks all, there is a newbie contest going around and I am going to submit a cake since I am pretty new at cake decorating. I decided to try techniques I have never done before for the cake.
Melysa, I peeked into your cake photos and wow, your cakes and cupcakes are incredible, I love the Retro flower cake it is so pretty, and the Haunted pumkin patch cake icon_eek.gificon_eek.gif wow, I love everything about it! Have a great day everyone!

bobwonderbuns Posted 12 Oct 2008 , 4:19pm
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chelseafitz your leaves are awesome. Nice work! icon_biggrin.gif

archanac Posted 15 Oct 2008 , 5:32pm
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There are some amazing leaves on here (sheesh, I'm saying that leaves are amazing)! Thanks for the tip Melysa.

projectqueen Posted 17 Oct 2008 , 6:54pm
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Originally Posted by leahs

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.

leahs, I'd love to know about the gel. Do you put the piping gel on the top of the leaf or the bottom? What is the purpose of it, doesn't it make them sticky? Is it used to attach them to the cake or is it something you do right away when you cut them out even if you are not using them right away?

I have never used wafer paper before so maybe these are dumb questions, but I'm intrigued by the idea of actual printed edible leaves.


sgirvan Posted 18 Oct 2008 , 5:33am
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I just did a wedding with fall cupcakes and did the chocolate leaves as well, everyone loved them and couldn't believe they were chocolate. The cupcakes are in my images if you want to see how they turned out

Denise Posted 18 Oct 2008 , 6:25am
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I love doing fall leaves. I have several different cutters and veiners. I do make them out of fondant/gum paste and dry them to have "motion". I airbrush them and sometimes dust them too.

Here is a link to I

I am demo'ing fall leaves in Sugar Land, Texas this weekend. I hope they turn out right!

Holli_Rose Posted 18 Oct 2008 , 5:12pm
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Originally Posted by leahs

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

What is the company that must not be named?!

Am I'm missing something I googled the name and came up with nothing. Help!

chelseafitz Posted 19 Oct 2008 , 4:42am
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Thanks bobwonderbuns, so I didn't make it in time for the newbie contest, and it was supposed to only be 1 tier, so I thought I would post my cake here and show it off icon_biggrin.gif. The layers are 8 and 6 and all those leaves are less than an inch in height. It was a lot of fun making them and I was happy with how it turned out.
Thanks all, and have a great day, or night.
p.s. sorry it is so big!

meganmo27 Posted 19 Oct 2008 , 1:02pm
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Thanks to you all for your tips and advice! The leaves turned out great and the client loved it!

chelseafitz Posted 19 Oct 2008 , 2:14pm
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meganmo27, your cake is so pretty, I love the leaves and the bow. I am glad your client loved it, but whats not to love about it!! Great job icon_biggrin.gif.

meganmo27 Posted 19 Oct 2008 , 4:32pm
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Thanks! This cake was alot of fun to make!

bobwonderbuns Posted 25 Oct 2008 , 1:16am
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I just made some for a cake at work and I got the coloring right but I had problems with the ball tool -- going from the outside of the leaf in to make the leaves curl up -- it looked like a big ball dent in the end of the leaf! icon_cry.gif The leaves were fondant/gumpaste mix. Anyone have any thoughts on that?

Kim_in_CajunCountry Posted 25 Oct 2008 , 1:56am
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meganmo27, you're cake turned out AWESOME! Your leaves look like heat treated copper. Beautiful!

I, too, made a cake Sunday after reading this thread. I'm a newbie so the cake I made doesn't compare, but I was happy with it and of course my non-caking co-workers were amazed. I colored gumpaste in yellow, red-orange, and red. I used a storebought cutter for the small oak leaf, but the other two were hand cut from templates I made.

Although I thinned the edges with a ball tool, I will try to roll them thinner next time. I veined them and manipulated them and then dried them on a cookie sheet that I had layered with crumpled foil. When they were dry enough to handle I dry brushed them with gold and bronze lustre dusts. The dusts lessened the intensity of the colors, so they didn't appear as richly colored as I would have liked them to.

meganmo27, if you would like to share how you colored your leaves, I would like to try your technique for a Thanksgiving cake. If not, I understand.


fiddlesticks Posted 25 Oct 2008 , 1:59am
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What veiner are you all using? Anyone have a link ? Thanks.

meganmo27 Posted 25 Oct 2008 , 2:10am
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Thank you so much! Your leaves turned out beautiful!! I just used plain white gumpaste, rolled thin and cut out with cookie cutter. Dried on crumpled up parchment paper. I tried dry dusting them but didn't get the effect that I wanted so I mixed with lemon extract and then painted the leaves. I actually mixed some colors and tried to do some blending of different colors on the leaves so they would look more natural. I used bronze, gold, pearl gold, claret and mixed pumpkin spice with the pearl gold. The only thing I would do differently is vein my leaves-forgot to do that icon_redface.gif but that's what happens when you have 2 kids running around the house icon_lol.gif I too am a newbie-have been doing cakes for about 10 months now and am still learning icon_biggrin.gif

Kim_in_CajunCountry Posted 25 Oct 2008 , 2:11am
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Not sure if the question was for me, but I'm using a tool that came in the new Wilton gum paste kit. I picked up at Michael's when I had a 50% off coupon.


Kim_in_CajunCountry Posted 25 Oct 2008 , 2:15am
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Wet painting definitely made a difference. Thanks for sharing! I took my first Wilton course in March, so I'm "newbier" than you! icon_biggrin.gif I understand about the kids. Although my girls are 9 and 11, I'm the Kool-Aid mom so my house is usually filled with all the neighborhood kids. It just so happens that both of them slept at friends' houses Saturday night so Sunday I had the house to myself, except for DH. And he was watching football, so I was pretty much alone. icon_cool.gif

Looks like you're having as much fun as I am trying new things. It feels great doesn't it?

meganmo27 Posted 25 Oct 2008 , 2:21am
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I love making cakes and trying out new things! It's my creative outlet icon_biggrin.gif My kids are 5 and 15 months. My son, 15months, is WILD!! into everything!! But a ton of fun icon_lol.gif my daughter is usually my official taste tester and so is my hubby if he's home.
Where are you in LA? I'm in texas just north of Dallas. looks like we're neighbors. Were you affected by all of the hurricanes?
Looking forward to seeing more from you!

jenlg Posted 25 Oct 2008 , 2:25am
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Kim your leaves look great. Love the colors.

Kim_in_CajunCountry Posted 25 Oct 2008 , 2:40am
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Thanks, Jen.

Meganmo: I'm in the St. Martinville area. We were visited by Gustav, but were only without power for three days. A mere nuisance compared to those who were severely affected by both Gustav and Ike. Thanks for asking.

I'm looking forward to seeing more from you too!

penguinprincess Posted 25 Oct 2008 , 3:16am
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All of your leaves look wonderful everyone!! I am amazed and very impressed! Thank you for sharing!

fiddlesticks Posted 25 Oct 2008 , 4:28am
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Thanks Kim the question was for anyone! Funny I just bought that kit with the last 50% off coupon to !

littlewomenmom Posted 26 Oct 2008 , 4:42am
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I just made this one. I used brightly colored fondant, marbled and rolled out. I liked the colors better after the 2nd or 3rd rolling, they were better blended and more muted. But the cake was fun and bright and everyone loved being able to eat the leaves. I wish I had veined them and shaped them a little curvier.

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