Tree Bark

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tame Posted 23 Aug 2011 , 6:27pm
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I trying to do a tree going up a tier cake any suggestion on how to do this

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jennifercullen Posted 23 Aug 2011 , 7:49pm
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I recently did a cake in the shape of a tree trunk, I used brown fondant and then used a knife to roughly cut lines up it, it wasn't as rough as I would have liked though because the knife blade was thin and the fondant was too thin to pull apart anymore. I saw someone suggest buttercream for a tree bark, and you can mark it with a fork and basically the worse it looks the better it looks if you know what I mean. I think if you're using fondant and it is thick enough you could probably get a better effect with a knife or something Sharp but thicker just have a play around with it before you do it on the cake and see what works for you. Maybe a cocktail stick/toothpick might work too...

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superdupercakes Posted 23 Aug 2011 , 8:16pm
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I did a yule log cake this past Christmas and made bark out of chocolate for it. You melt chocolate in the microwave and spread it to about 1/8" thick on wax paper or foil that is on a tray. Refrigerate for about 5 minutes, until the chocolate is hard. Remove from the refrigerator. Hold the paper or foil in your hands and gently bang it back and forth on a surface, splintering the chocolate into long slivers. Press the slivers onto the icing to create a barklike effect. It really looked great! I hope this is what you were looking for.

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tame Posted 23 Aug 2011 , 11:39pm
post #4 of 12 Here is the look i am trying to acheive I did pm the designer also

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tame Posted 23 Aug 2011 , 11:42pm
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any suggestion how this was done.. effects, colors, etc

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Wildgirl Posted 24 Aug 2011 , 12:05am
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No suggestions, but it does look amazing! I hope you find out!!

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tame Posted 24 Aug 2011 , 12:07am
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Yes I know it does ? anyone?

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Anne1017 Posted 24 Aug 2011 , 12:22am
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The other suggestions are really good I would do the same but make fondant "snakes" then use a knife or any other pointed tool and score lines into the surface. As for the coloring you can use colored chalk or "dry" brush gel food coloring over the surface that's how we did the Tiki on this cake HTH!

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kello Posted 24 Aug 2011 , 12:24am
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Looks to me that it is logs of fondant that are scored with a boning or veining tool. Then you would paint it with a darker brown gel mixed with a bit of vodka. That also gives it the shine.

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razzmataz Posted 24 Aug 2011 , 12:34am
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That is an awesome cake. I have added it to my wish list of cakes to cake.
LOL If I were to do that I would use fondant, rolled out and cut the varying shapes of the trunk and branches I would need with a sharp knife or pizza cutter. Then I would roll them by hand to get the shape, thickness and roundness of the trunk and branches. Using a wooded skewer I would drag it through the fondant to create the texture of the branch like they have done. Once shaped, textured, branches glued, and dried, I would use a dark brown to paint the textured grooves to give it depth. That being said, it looks like they have used a tan/medium warm brown coloured fondant and painted the grooves dark brown for depth and then washed the whole trunk/branch with brown colour to blend and create a finished look. Then of course apply to cake. Now that I've written this and looked at the cake again I see that the branches are bent over the edge of the tier so it must have been applied while flexible then painted or measured to fit the size of cake before drying.......just my thoughts. I think if you wanted a more "crinkled" look to your bark you might be able to use a ball of crinkled tin foil to make the indentations/texture but I like the look on your inspiration cake icon_smile.gif

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tame Posted 24 Aug 2011 , 2:33am
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thanks everyone

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drlvai Posted 6 Sep 2011 , 3:42pm
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Thanks for all the nice things you all said about my cake. This was one of those cake I did in a rush and was not very happy with it. It was a very hot day and it was for my husbands family reunion. The day of the reunion I was asked to have it ready 3 hours earlier then expected! Ughh! so hearing those nice comments makes me feel much better about it, especially from fellow cakers.

Thanks again, Darlene

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