Ok, Iâve decided to post my progress pictures and descriptive steps to how to make a birch bark tree cake. Â When I was looking around for how to do it when this wedding cake came up I never really got a good answer and muddled through the process. Â I wanted to help anyone else out who wants to attempt it but, like me, didnât know where to start! Â I do want to let you all know that âThe Peopleâs Cakeâ has a tutorial on this as well. Â They make absolutely stunning cakes so I would always recommend checking them out
Here is my finished product, just to give you an idea of our end goal.
Â Ok so here we go! Â The first steps is to bake and frost your cakes. Â I donât use a crusting buttercream so I had to put mine in the fridge to really firm them up before working with them and stacking them. Â Before I stacked them I rolled out a circle of light tan fondant and lay it on top of each tier. Â I then went around with scissors and trimmed up any access fondant from the edges. Â It doesnât have to be perfect but you will want it as smooth and as close as you can get it!
Once the fondant is on each tier, stack them as you usually would
Â Here is a close up of the fondant circles that were trimmed. Â The fondant Iâm holding is what I planned to use for the sides of the cake. Â Itâs a brownish, gray but you could even go a little lighter than this (or more brown depending on the effect you are going for.)
Once I decided the color I rolled out a strip on fondant wide enough (bigger than 4 inches) and longer than the circumference of the tier I was working on (taking you back to geometry with 2*pi*r). Â If your favorite subject wasnât Geometry, like mine was, use a soft tape measure to see how far around your cake is. Â Itâs ok to have more than enough! Â Once it was rolled out I used a ruler and trimmed it to the height of the cake. Â I used a really sharp knife in order to get a nice clean cut of fondant. Â Once it was trimmed, I then began rolling out âsnakesâ of the same color fondant. Â I placed the âsnakesâ where I wanted them on the cake and then lighter pressed them into the large piece of fondant. Â Â It might be helpful to use a bit of alcohol to attach the âsnakesâ. Â I then took my pointed fondant tool and went around the edges of the âsnakeâ blending it into the larger piece. Â Once all the way around the snake I used the pointed tool again to press a slash into the center of the âsnakeâ. Â Be sure to vary it a bit and do smaller slashes and deeper slashes. You need to work a bit quickly to ensure that your long piece of fondant doesnât dry out, you are going to need it to be flexible still! Â At this time you can also add knots to your cake.
After you finish your length of fondant with slashes, bring it to the cake and starting in the back of the cake, start wrapping your piece of fondant around the entire tier. Â You will end in back again, gently trim and blend the seam that is there. Â After painting it, the seam will be blended even more.
Continue with the other tiers and do the same technique all the way down. Â For the carved heart, just form the âsnakesâ into that shape and do the same steps as above. Â Be sure to place the heart in the center of the fondant strip so that it will show up on the front of your cake!
These next two steps you may be able to flip flop. Â It could be easier that way, but obviously I havenât tried it! Â To get the dark slashes I used a thinned out brown food coloring and carefully painted inside each slash.
I then took white food coloring and used a wide (2ish inches) brush and painted around the entire cake. Â Donât use too much at first, you can always go back and add more but good luck taking it away! Â Once the white is done, use an even thinner brown food color and paint around the edge of the slashes. Â Below you can see the painted tier and the unpainted tier underneath it.
Do each tier!
Once it was all done, I decided it needed a little bit of something, so I again used the brown food color to trace the edge of the cake just to make them âpopâ and have definition.
I hope I didnât miss anything! Â Feel free to ask me any questions you might have!
Happy Cake Making!!
Awesome tutorial. Thanks for sharing:)
Love this! Thank you so much for sharing it with us.
This is beautiful....but I have a bride and groom that don't want fondant. Does any one know where I can find a butter cream tutorial to make the Birch Bark Tree?
Try rolled buttercream? Tastes delicious too
croakke: I did 2 birch look wedding cakes last year using only buttercream. You're welcome to PM me and I'll send you pics and instructions on how I achieved the look!
This is a great tutorial! Thx for sharing.
Leanne, I like this tutorial, and it is so much easier too! Less trouble, and mess.
Awsome!!! Haven't made it yet but will get to it asap. thx for the instruct. Am excited to come back with great news...hopefully ;)
Love this look. Thank you for sharing. It's absolutely beautiful. : )
Thank you so much for sharing. I have often admired this kind of cake, but couldn't get my head around how it was made. You made this perfectly clear and understanding. Your final product is absolutely gorgeous! Well done! Thanks for sharing!
Awsome tutorial, thanks a lot! I'm excited to try this myself, and your clear explanation will help for sure ;-)
This is gorgeous. Makes me want to try it.
Thank you! Would love to make this cake for my hubby he loves trees.lol!
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