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I am making my hubby's B-Day Cake today, and I want to put fall leaves on it. I know that I need to branch out and work with fondant, but I don't plan to use it again until I can buy some Satin Ice. Don't have any, so BC it is. I have some leaf cookie cutters, and I am planning on imprinting those on the cake and filling in with a star tip. However, that is just so boring. Any other ideas? Do I have any other options? I have searched pics, and everything is fondant, gumpaste, etc. So, any ideas using another tip or anything? If you know of a picture, please post it...

Thanks!
post #2 of 12
Make some homemade Marshmallow Fondant (MMF) or Candy Clay using candy melts for the leaves. It's cheap, and you can buy all ingredients at Walmart. You can find both recipes here.

I'm making a whole bunch of candy clay mum leaves for a wedding cake, they are yummy!
post #3 of 12
since you want to use buttercream how about doing brush embroidery leaves, i have a cake posted that i did this on, its very pretty. or you can triple load a bag with 3 colours , green red and yellow and using tip 104 pipe leaves, i have another cake that shows that, those are more dimensional and just a neat looking.
post #4 of 12
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Sweetcakes...Exactly what I was hoping to find! However, I have never even heard of the brush embroidery technique. It looks like I would pipe the outline of the leaf and the veins and use a small paintbrush to brush the icing out into the leaf? Is that right? Do you have any more specific instructions? I love your cakes that have fall leaves! They are beautiful!

Which tip should I use to outline the leaves?

What method did you use for the leaves on your minister cake?
post #5 of 12
since the leaves are quite big i would use a tip5, and you are correct, outline them then brush the icing intowards the center vein.
post #6 of 12
Another possibility is to make chocolate transfer leaves. You could even give them some curve by letting them cool on a flower former or other curved surface.

I wonder if various colors of Tootsie Rolls or Starburst would make good fall leaves--just microwave for a few seconds to soften, then knead. You can mix and/or marble colors, and then roll out and cut.
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post #7 of 12
Oh My, I love the idea of the tootsie roll and starburst. I am doing a Pumpkin and Fall leaf cake for my husbands work, so I am going to try this today with candy from a parade my kids went to. Thanks for that idea never would have thought of that.
post #8 of 12
I want to try it this weekend, too. Only problem is that I have the "tropical" Starbursts, so these may be some very interestingly colored leaves. icon_smile.gif

Please post a picture if you make the leaves today.
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post #9 of 12
Mums and Daisy's can be piped w/ BC.

Just use fallish colors.
post #10 of 12
I did a cake for fall (my very first cake for a gift) it's in my photos and it was really simple. I just did chocolate icing and roses and then did all the leaves in the fall colors with the leaf tips!

I also like the idea of the piped leaves and then brush embroider them! Sounds really pretty. ON chocolate would be great! Can you tell I love chocolate??
And you got the technique right on! With never doing it, thats impressive!

Have fun and good luck!
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post #11 of 12
I am new to this forum. How do I view images in the gallery that someone refers to in a message? Like the cakes with leaves that one of the replies mentions?
Thanks,
Susan
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I am new to this forum. How do I view images in the gallery that someone refers to in a message? Like the cakes with leaves that one of the replies mentions?
Thanks,
Susan

Click on the photos link at the bottom of the post. There are little tabs to go to that persons things.

WELCOME TO CC susan!!!
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