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I have an order for a cake - the concept is the 'camp' they own by a bayou - so it is going to be designed like the landscape. I need trees that are not to heavy, the cake will have an hour transport. I looked at model train trees, but they are too small.  I'm thinking 5 or 6 inch trees.

It will be some landscape, the dock and water, with a person fishing from the pier.

Help me brain storm. Only thing I can come up with so far is do my own paper mache tree. I want them kinda realistic.

post #2 of 33

How many tiers is it? Are the trees supposed to be standing on the top of the cake or can they be on the sides? If they could be on the side I would say use buttercream or fondant, or maybe just paint it on if it's a fondant covered cake. 

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post #3 of 33

I have used ice cream cone piped with buttercream using a leaf tip. It is tall enough for a landscaped design.

post #4 of 33

Are you talking swampy trees, then, like the ones with the moss hanging down?  I think they're called live oaks?  I could be wrong on that.

 

Maybe you could post a pic of said tree (real life example) and we can brainstorm from that?

 

I have seen de-graped grape stems covered in chocolate on here....maybe you could pick off pieces of the stems and shape it into the shape and size that you want?

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post #5 of 33

I was just  going to suggest the grape stem idea. This is a pic of a cake I made using grape stems which I dipped in chocolate and while wet, rolled in Rice Krispies that I dyed green.  You could even hang greyish-green extruded fondant to simulate Spanish Moss.

Emma couldn't decide which Disney princess was her favorite, so all were invited to the party at the pink castle. Since this is a friendly castle, there is no drawbridge over the piping gel moat--- rather, a welcome bridge. The cake is WASC with strawberry buttercream, and strawberry MFF over white ganache. The towers are RKT topped with gumpaste slates. The trees and rosebushes are chocolate covered grape stems dipped into green rice krispies for leaves. Water lilies and roses are gumpaste, as is the birdbath filled with piping gel. I had so much fun making this cake that I had to hold myself in check, not to over-do. The client provided the figurines.

I'm not pleased with this cake since the turrets look like ears, but at least you get the idea for the trees. (The rose bushes are made the same way.)

 

Jan

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Haha milkmaid42....that is the EXACT cake I was talking about!!

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post #7 of 33

Lol, we're a small caking world, aren't we? I can really see these as a swampy live oak. Sounds like a fun cake to make.

 

Jan

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make trees?
started on 10/07/13 last post 10/31/13 at 3:03pm 32 replies 1892 views

 

Thanks for your comments.

I'm thinking just using my 11x15 pan. Just the single layer, torted and they want bavarian cream filling.

BeesKnees578 here is a picture I took at their camp. The 'camp' is a small trailer looking structure, I'm not going to include it. I'm thinking of laying it out much like the picture. Unless someone has a better idea???

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WE have plenty of wonderful mossy bayouside lots here, but this one.. not so much! The lady who owns this - her husband has passed away a couple years ago, and they used to fish off the 'landing' together. She goes there often. This is her birthday cake.- her daughter has ordered it.

 They want her sitting in a chair on the little landing, fishing. But the only way it will look anything like it is if the leaning tree is there and the other one. You can't see it from this shot, but there are 'knees' from the tree roots coming up out of the water.

 

Milkmaid42, I do like the way the limbs and leaves are on those trees.

Miniflowercake, They need to stand on top of the cake.

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someone has to tell me how to embed the picture!


Edited by johnbailey64 - 10/7/13 at 8:25pm
post #9 of 33

If you use the grape stems, I wouldn't even dip them in chocolate if you can figure out how to get them in the cake/board.  I would try the rice krispies and get them to stick with a little piping gel onto the branches.  Lightly spray them medium green.  Now for the draping effect of the Spanish moss....maybe fling some pale green colored gelatin on there?  While it's still sticky toss on some pulverized rice krispies which can be sprayed a pale green/brown? 

 

Just a thought, don't know if it would work or not, but gelatin is so easy that it's worth a shot!

 

Good luck!  And pics, please.

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post #10 of 33

Those are cypress trees; preferred habitat is a swamp, as you can see. The base of the tree is noticeably thickened and often the roots produce a knobby structure known as a cypress knee which protrudes from the water. But coming from Louisiana, you probably already know that.

 

I was thinking of oaks when I suggested the grape stem idea. Now that I know they are cypress, I don't think it would give you the effect you want. I think I would construct a trunk of heavy floral wire, (several together, in fact), wrapping some foil around the base to thicken it and wrap with brown floral tape. You could build this over a long skewer to provide support in the cake. For the branches, I would wire some smaller, bent and twisted wires, either with brown paper covered wire, or you could dip in chocolate. I think it would be difficult to cover with modeling chocolate. At this point you have a good naked skeleton. Looking at the photo, I don't see Spanish Moss, just the bright green of the cypress leaves. I am having difficulty visualizing the trick with the gelatin. I've made gelatin flowers and bows, but am having trouble  picturing it having enough strength to support itself over a "limb". It is something to toy around with, though. You might also try to use some brightly colored green (to match those leaves) gumpaste or even fondant. I'd cut it short and use a lot to simulate the drooping effect of the leaves.

 

Anyhow, it sounds like a fun challenge and perhaps others will come up with some more ideas. It sounds like it will be a very emotional cake and I'd love to see the picture when you're through. I'm sure she will be very touched.

 

Wishing you luck,

 

Jan

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post #11 of 33
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Good idea for the trunk. I want to keep the weight of the trees to a minimum. That leaning one is going to be a little tricky! lol.

The leaves, I'm struggling with. Cypress trees are not exactly leafy - the knees will be easy.. Maybe even some tissue paper crinkled. Hmmm..... I'm ok with the trees not being edible at all.

I will post a picture when it is done. It is for the 25th of October. I think I'm going to start the fondant 'fishing lady' this weekend. Or maybe try to make my own gumpaste and try that.

I want it to look very peaceful. I want her to be able to hear the birds, and the water and feel the breeze- and know that it is 'their spot'

:-)

Should the water be brown? Piping gel?

post #12 of 33

Goodness, I am so into this tree thing that I almost want to try one, myself. (As if I had the time atm, lol.) I think the water would look accurate if you did make it a greenish brown and piping gel would be a good way to go. I like it for water effects. Are you going to be using fondant? The reason being that would influence the color you'd need for the translucent gel.

 

Keep us informed of your progress. I'm enjoying this vicariously.

 

Jan

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post #13 of 33
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The base of it will be buttercream. Just some of the decorations will be fondant. I will, Jan. lol.

Linda

post #14 of 33
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OOoooOOO... just saw a tutorial on making lace leaves with thread. I think I'm going to try making a  rough cone form and cover it with wax paper, then put loose thread balls with elmers glue on it. If I stack a couple of randomly sparce ones, it may look like cypress 'leaves'.

post #15 of 33

Interesting.... I tried Googling it and was unsuccessful. (I'm not too computer literate.)  :(   Can you direct me there?

 

Jan 

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