How Would I Make These Branches And Leaves

Decorating By sloppybeaver Updated 19 Nov 2013 , 5:26am by kakeladi

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sloppybeaver Posted 4 Nov 2013 , 6:28pm
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I have a women who wants me to make this cake. I always purchase online my gum paste roses and flowers I am at a complete loss on how to create these branches she also does not like any of the online leaves and requests that I make them out of gumpaste myself how would I go about this and how would I apply this to the fondant cake?

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blwilley Posted 16 Nov 2013 , 3:46am
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You could also start with a bunch of wires twisted together at the bottom and let 1-2 branch off in different directions, here & there as needed, for this effect, as you work your way up.  Just start with enough to do the trick.  Hope this helped


As for applying to cake, just bend & shape as needed, push into the buttercream, if that is what you are using, or glue to the fondant.  Can use royal icing, or white chocolate.  You can also have little wires, dipped in chocolate,  sticking out here & there, to push into the cake on each layer, to help hold it in place.  You are never supposed to have the wire itself touching the cake, or so I have been told.

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blwilley Posted 16 Nov 2013 , 4:11am
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My first post apparently went awry, so here it is again:


Hope I'm not toooo late!  I am also fairly new to cake decorating, just finished my Wilton classes last month.  I think you can cover the wire with fondant, for the branches, and I have also heard of dipping wires in chocolate, layer upon layer, so they would be safe to use with cakes.  Shape them how you want them first!   Then you can always wrap them, a real pain.  Light bulb!!  I just got an idea.  If they are not eating the branch, you might try coating a 'real branch' with the chocolate lol!!  Would save a lot of fuss.
The leaves just look like circles that have been pulled out of shape a little.  And pinch at the base where they are to be attached to the branch, and a pinch at the top for the point, a more life like effect.  Also brush a little red, &/or yellow on the green ones, here & there, as needed for effect, they are changing color after all, for fall.  Let them dry well in odd positions, simulating curling leaves, etc...  Vary in size... kind of like what we used to call the 'Dollar' plant. 
These can be 'glued', with tylose glue, or glue of choice, directly onto the branch.  These can also be made of rice paper, but you did say she had requested fondant ones.  This is becoming fun, I just might try one myself!  Good luck!

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sloppybeaver Posted 18 Nov 2013 , 3:38pm
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After working on this cake for 10 Hours I made the Branches out of chocolate and spent time with the customer on the leaves. She did not want large leaves she wanted more of a Fall into winter tree with less large leaves. The tree stump is actually a real cherry tree and i dry brushed the black with black gel color. 

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blwilley Posted 19 Nov 2013 , 3:00am
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AWWWW...Ain't that just perfect!  Love the choclate branches.  I have trouble working with chocolate, but yours are just right.  Love it!

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ReneeFLL Posted 19 Nov 2013 , 4:49am
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AVery beautiful cake. The customer sounded like a pita.

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kakeladi Posted 19 Nov 2013 , 5:26am
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You did a very nice job on making a cake simular, but not exactly like the original.  Pleasing the customer is what it's all about :)

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