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How do I make a palm tree out of gumpaste/fondant

post #1 of 13
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I recently did a hawaiian/beach theme cake...it was my first cake. I had sooo much trouble with the palm tree. I already got an order to do another...please help me. How do I make one...i put wires in mine to hold the leaves on but they kept falling. Any ideas??? icon_cry.gif
post #2 of 13
I have recently made a large tree for the top of a cake, for the trunk I used a dowel and wrapped the wires around it then covered it with fondant, wires sticking out and let dry I then covered the branches and added leaves etc I was quite stable as the wires were set into the trunk. Good luck
post #3 of 13
How odd, I had planned on posting this same question today, but got distracted. icon_smile.gif I was thinking of using a wooden skewer and wrapping fondant around for the trunk and snipping with scissors to give it a textured look. I plan on shaping the leaves out of fondant/tylose and floral wire and letting them dry on a flower former, then attaching the leaves with tinted candy melts. That is if no one has a better method to suggest...
post #4 of 13
Just a suggestion, another way to make palm trees is to use pretzel rods. The leaves were made out of fondant mixed with Gumtex with Wilton gumpaste flower cutter, three petal for orchids. They were rolled out to flatten more.Those puppies were dried on a former, then attached to pretzel rod with RI. HTH

http://cakecentral.com/gallery/1417117
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post #5 of 13
Just a suggestion, another way to make palm trees is to use pretzel rods. The leaves were made out of fondant mixed with Gumtex with Wilton gumpaste flower cutter, three petal for orchids. They were rolled out to flatten more.Those puppies were dried on a former, then attached to pretzel rod with RI. HTH

http://cakecentral.com/gallery/1417117
……..”As long as we have memories, yesterday remains. As long as we have hope, tomorrow awaits. As long as we have friendship, today is beautiful.”
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……..”As long as we have memories, yesterday remains. As long as we have hope, tomorrow awaits. As long as we have friendship, today is beautiful.”
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post #6 of 13
I made these using pretzel rods covered in melted chocolate. Then I used the chocolate to glue on layers of leaves:

http://cakecentral.com/gallery/4417
post #7 of 13
That's what I did. Used large pretzel rods. I made the palm fronds out of gumpaste and put them on wires like you would any fondant leaf. I covered the pretzel rod in tan florists tape which covered up the wires of the palm fronds. The wired fronds stayed secure inside the florists tape. To make it stand up, I poured a puddle of white chocolate onto a piece of waxed paper and stood the pretzel up in the center of the puddle - propped up with two drinking glasses. Before the white chocolate dried, I sprinkled it with crushed Lorna Dunes as sand. Looked great.
post #8 of 13
I ended up doing a fondant trunk wrapped around a bamboo skewer, cut it with scissors the whole way up to give it texture, and use modeling chocolate for the fronds and attached with candy melts. They held up great, even on a 25 minute drive in a slightly warm vehicle! See my pics of the dinosaur cake.
post #9 of 13
I use bread sticks as the tree trunks and roll out/cut large green leaves and let airdry hard. I attach them on top with a stick or two of spaghetti thru the top and down thru the break stick...add icing between layers...the break sticks can stick right into your cake. If its a smaller cake...use stick pretzels.
post #10 of 13
I made a cake a few months ago with palm trees on it. I'm sorry, I didn't end up with any good pictures of it, but it DID turn out really nice.

What I did: For the trunk I made a log, tapered at one end and inserted a thick gauge wire up through it (coated with water). The fondant had a tendency to slip while it was drying so I stuck the wire into styrofoam to support it from the bottom (I wanted to have some wire sticking down for when I inserted it into the top of the cake). I used a round clay sculpting tool to texture the trunk. I also had my palm fronds attached to wires, I tried attaching them while the trunk was not dried yet, but they kept slipping out, it sounds like the same problem you were having. All I did was let the tree trunk dry a bit to firm up, but not so that it was completely hard, then I was able to insert the wires int the top no problem!

Hope that helps you out a little! I wish I had a picture to show because when I explain it in words it sounds clear in my head, but not sure if it is coming across clearly!!
post #11 of 13
I used pretzel rods covered in chocolate and melted candy melts to glue the palm leaves on.. seemed the best to me so I didn't have to worry about telling my friend there were wires or unedible things anywhere since it was for a kids party.
post #12 of 13
I used those Pirhouette cookies you get in little cylindrical tins. They are PERFECT for the trunk of a palm tree. You can look at the jungle theme baby shower cake in my photos.
post #13 of 13
I just did a cake with palm trees, (there are pics of it in this thread: http://cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-714787.html )

I made the trunks around a bamboo skewer, let them dry. I cut the fronds/leaves as all one piece rather than separate leaves. So I rolled out the green and free-hand cut out kind of a large 5 (or 6) long petal flower shape. Snip/texture the palm fronds, then lay it over a polystyrene half-sphere to dry. I did two of these for each tree - one smaller over a little half-sphere to use underneath the main one. Let dry completely (at least a week) before assembling. I use mexican paste with a little fondant mixed in for trees as I find this is stronger than what I normally use for decorations. (About two thirds or a little more mexican paste)
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