White Birch Tree Bark Cake

Decorating By JNeff64 Updated 17 Feb 2014 , 6:09pm by JNeff64

JNeff64 Posted 1 Mar 2013 , 3:40pm
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I have an upcoming wedding cake to do and they want it to look like white birch tree bark with knots how do I achieve this look? Is there a dvd to illustrate  or can you please help???

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monica72 Posted 1 Mar 2013 , 7:57pm
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MeghFarr has an awesome birch bark 3 tier cake. Perhaps she can offer you some help.. 

JNeff64 Posted 2 Mar 2013 , 1:30am
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I googled but could not find anything on the name. :(

crustdust Posted 2 Mar 2013 , 2:12am
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ASomeone was just asking the same question last night. I would do a search on this board

monica72 Posted 2 Mar 2013 , 2:54am
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Sorry, I should have specified that MeghFarr is on Cake Central. I came across her cake today browsing the recent uploads.

Sweetmisti Posted 2 Mar 2013 , 7:05pm
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I used a black edible marker to make the marks on the tree and rolled gumpast to make the bark peeling

lilyankee5688 Posted 2 Mar 2013 , 7:09pm
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Theres a thread about it... Good luck!! Post some pics when oh get it! :)

lahlbrecht Posted 2 Mar 2013 , 9:33pm
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I made a 2 tier birch cake last December and used all buttercream frosting.  I frosted the cake roughly with white, then went back and added "globs" of white with a small spreading knife, but pulled the frosting back with a sweeping motion to create the peeled bark effect. I tinted some of the extra white frosting a brownish color. I used a "brush-like" stroke with a small spreader to blend it in to the white in random streaks, finishing some areas with an actual water color paint brush to blend.  It's hard to describe, so I'm sorry if I'm not making any sense...but after the wedding I was told some of the guests didn't even realize it was a cake, they thought it was just a decoration.  Good luck with your project, I hope you have as much fun as I did!! icon_smile.gif



lahlbrecht Posted 2 Mar 2013 , 9:40pm
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Here is a closeup of the peeled bark.  I hope this helps!

MeghFarr Posted 22 Apr 2013 , 3:13am
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AIt's actually not mine, I too am on the hunt to find out how to do it! The stunning one I posted was from The Peoples Cake. I guess they are coming out with a tutorial very soon!!

JNeff64 Posted 10 Jun 2013 , 5:45am
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Here's the wedding cake I finally did once I figured out how I was going to do it.




SPCOhio Posted 10 Jun 2013 , 7:02pm
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AGreat job, Jneff! Care to share how you executed this design?

lilyankee5688 Posted 10 Jun 2013 , 9:25pm
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Awesome Job!!!! I'd love to know how you did it for future reference!

SPCOhio Posted 10 Jun 2013 , 11:25pm
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AThere's a great tutorial on Cake Masters from the original designer that I purchased but I'm interested in seeing if there are other successful methods to achieve this look.

bakeawish Posted 15 Jun 2013 , 6:45am
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This is the version I came up with for a special bride who id undergoing her third treatment for lymphoma :o(.  I wish I had a picture with her topper and fresh flowers..

kaypettit Posted 3 Jul 2013 , 9:46pm
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The peoples cake (Kaysie Lackey) has the tutorial out, it is on Cake Masters, but it is $35.  I don't get paid enough to make wedding cakes to pay for tutorial videos too! Jneff64, any advice?  this is the one that my cousin wants next month!  I'm kind of freaking out!1057924_10201609619505571_1596551714_n.jpg?oh=1dece8fa55a71c366cc6d9dd534d4fd0&oe=51D69372&__gda__=1373029084_bc29fa3d5124e8b569856ea8e26c5779

MeghFarr Posted 4 Jul 2013 , 3:41pm
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Ladies, I'm working on a post about the one that I did.  If you are interested I'll post the link here once it's completed :)

JNeff64 Posted 4 Jul 2013 , 7:38pm
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I  had this same picture but I told her I couldn't do it tilted but I just colored my fondant a light gray although I believe some use chocolate fondant. but I measure the circumference of my cake round to see how many inches I needed to go around and measured the height of my round and cut it to those measurements then I just took a small piece of fondant to make the knot and used a modeling tool to make the hole then I applied it to the fondant and took another tool to make the grooves and then carefully wrapped it around the cake, then I diluted some white food coloring and painted the cake, then I took brown to detail the grooves and the inside of the knot. I couldn't find any tutorials on it so this was my version but the bride was very happy with it . Good Luck I hope this helps

byronnie Posted 6 Nov 2013 , 12:10pm
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I guess she found what she was looking for and didn't reply back.  This is one I found.



Cakegirl2913 Posted 16 Feb 2014 , 9:43pm
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AHow did you make this look like white bark

nancylee61 Posted 17 Feb 2014 , 1:37pm
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AI tried to get onto cake masters to take a video class, and the verification letters they make yo type are so ridiculous, that I gave up after 20 attempts! Crazy! Nancu

JNeff64 Posted 17 Feb 2014 , 6:09pm
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I colored my fondant gray and then measured how big I needed each tier to be and pre-cut each strip so I co0uld 0add the knots and grooves then I darkened them with a brown food color then I applied to the cake then did a white wash with bright white and a flat paint brush. Hope this helps

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