How To Give Clay Like Effect On Cake

Decorating By Achee Updated 26 Mar 2013 , 7:08am by Achee

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Achee Posted 10 Mar 2013 , 7:24pm
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I'm planning to make a surprise birthday cake for my wife (again this year icon_smile.gif).

I want to make few objects (like huts, walls, like in old African villages) and I want them to have clay like effect; you know that clay from which we make handicrafts, utensils, etc and then bake them, that kind of clay. Don't want it to look perfect and smooth, should be bit rough to look natural.


I wonder if you can see this pic clearly, this type of clay effect I want:





Any idea anybody? I would love to hear from you guys. I want to make my wife happy.


Thanks a lot

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-K8memphis Posted 16 Mar 2013 , 3:18pm
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the white stuff you mean--not the little orangey clay colored rectangle?


picture is a little hard to see--


hmm--almost you could just use some roughed up royal icing i think


not exactly sure how to make it happen


but if you played with it...


hey--maybe like use nice crisp fondant to make the object then brushed on some real loose royal icing


to keep the texture-y texture--is it a pastey rough dry --almost a stucco-y texture you're after?


or maybe sponged it on


have to play with that idea & see if it will work


i know i've made royal that after it got to a certain point would look like that if i had used it


roughy scruffy but still flat


is that what you mean???

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Achee Posted 20 Mar 2013 , 6:46am
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Dear -K8memphis
Thanks a lot for your reply; you gave me real good idea about using royal icing beside others. Yes the white (off-white) walls, not orangey.
I think if I add little bit of cocoa powder in my RI, it would give it a perfect clayish (earthy) color. Adding just a dab of Glycerin may help in spreading more easily without drying fast.
Making rice crisp object is another perfect idea of making higher objects like walls or tree perhaps.
For roughy scruffy (I like this term) texture, dabbing it with sponge or back of a small spoon will also be good like you said.
My plan is to make a hut-like-home, a barn, an old wooden stove, few other typical village things; and a tree with very few green leaves. I think tree would be little difficult to make.
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-K8memphis Posted 20 Mar 2013 , 2:08pm
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tree--easy peasy especially if not real full


grind rice krispies in food processor


make rice krispie treats with ground rk-- i use one cup less rk to normal butter & marshmallow + vanilla ;)


just melt marshmallows--low heat--melt slowly in heavy pot--stir occassionally--it'll melt give it time


while warm quickly fashion into tree trunk with a few very short stubby limbs--just the start of limbs--pack it tight


the trunk should be larger on the bottom smaller on top


puncture the 'limbs starts' with a tooth pick so you can add the limbs later with less damage


somewhere in the process you want a dowel in the main trunk so you can later plant the tree in the village


carefully carefully twist the (pointed on both ends) dowel into the still warm rkt trunk --have a foam board ready to set it in  


fashion some rkt 'sticks' to be added later to finish the limbs also puncture with toothpick--probably leave the toothpick in the limbs


make gravity your friend--a 10" limb jutting out parallel with the ground--no


a 4 or 5 inch limb fuller at the toothpick and thinner at the other end pointing upward more--yes


let it set up overnight at room temperature


apply the limbs with the help of the toothpicks into the slots you already made--once and done


using melted chocolate or almond bark, also called candy coating paint the bark on the tree--also apply to limb joins for glue--not too much


the choco also helps support the trunk--so thick is good--maybe apply in two sessions--coat first then 'bark' it up on the second application--


if you're good with the choco you could add some more choco limbs...


cannot be like the old oak tree necessarily super full and tall and wide


but for a tree with a few leaves in a village it'd be perfect


then of course you'd be using foam under the board in your final project to plant the tree into


that's one way to do a tree


gotta keep wives happy everywhere!!! ;)

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Achee Posted 26 Mar 2013 , 7:08am
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"  gotta keep wives happy everywhere!!! ;)  "    This explains that you're a wife (and a great one too I'm sure)


You are also a great helper. Couldn't thank you more more for such detailed message. RK would be perfect to make tree, and I will follow your steps to make it as good as possible hence making my wife happy ;)


Her last year's birthday cake I made was a hit, I made my wife cried (tears of happiness of course icon_cry.gif), received so many good comments here on,, and on my facebook page too. So this time I'm sure my wife must be expecting something better or at least as good as before. Not only her but many other people too. It's kind of a burden, I wanna do my work freely and with no burden on my mind.


So please wish me the luck!


Thanks once again icon_biggrin.gif

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