March 05, 2012

Cactus Cake for Cinco De Mayo


I don't have any pictures as I was making this but I will share the recipe I used. It was a red velvet cake inside with butter cream frosting. The green is fondant. This was a very big cake. It was about 24" tall.

I started by making three 9x13" cakes. After they were cooled I started to freehand cut out and piece together what I thought looked like a cactus. I then frosted it and added on another layer. I used a lot of frosting to glue it all together. I then smoothed the frosting out as best as I could. 

The night before I made two batches of fondant and colored it with green gel coloring. I then rolled out my fondant. This was the most difficult part because the cake was so large. I have never had to work with this big of an area with fondant. My son actually had to help put the fondant on this one. After the fondant was on I took a small round ball tool and made the lines in running down the cactus.

Next I took sunburst candies and rolled them out and cut them in the shape of flowers. I use the candies when I need different colors and I only need a small amount. The stickers are toothpicks broken in half and stuck all over. I would like to lie and say that I made the lizard but it is a small plastic one that I purchased.:)

The Red Velvet Cake recipe I love can be found HERE 

 
Classic Buttercream icing-yield 6 cups

*2 cups butter or solid white veatable shortening
* 2 teaspoons vanilla (use clear vanilla to get a pure white icing)
*4 tablespoons milk or water
*2 pounds pure cane confecioner suger (thats around 8 cups)
*2 tablespoons meringue powder (this is sold at ac more or michles craft stores, and other specialty baking stores)

Directions- On medium speed, cream shortening, vanilla, and water/milk. Add half of dry ingredients, mix a little, add other half. This will create a stiff icing. If it is too stiff, add another tablespoon or two of water/milk
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24 comments:

  1. Hey..
    i liked your cakes very much
    can u gave me the recipe if u don't mind..

    Fan of your cakes
    Moon,.

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  3. I like this cake:) That little lizard is just too cute. Thank you for sharing at Freedom Fridays.

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  4. I LOVE this cactus cake!!! Liz

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  5. Another amazing cake! Thank you for linking up and helping to make my blog hop so much fun for everyone!

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  6. I love your cactus cake, you should post the tutorial!

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    1. Thanks Anita!
      I don't have any pictures as I was making it but I will try and write a little about it.

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  7. This is so cute. I am super impressed by the finish of your fondant. It looks like cactus. I wonder if you could have used dried spaghetti noodles to give a similar effect. I don't know - the toothpicks look really realistic. Jodi @ www.meaningfulmama.com

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    1. Thank you! I almost used spaghetti, but I like that the toothpicks were pointy on the end. :)

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  8. darling cake! so creative to use toothpicks for the stickers!!!!

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  9. Cute cake! The lizard is a nice touch. ^.^

    ♥ aquariann
    Art Update: Clematis Drawing

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  10. The cake is so stinkin cute!! We love this fun idea. Thanks for joining us for "Strut Your Stuff Saturday". We hope you'll be back soon! We loved having you. -The Sisters

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  11. This cake is just beautiful!
    Very unique and very creative

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  12. Great cake! I've never seen a cactus cake before!


    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  13. This is really super cute!
    Thanks so much for linking up to the Pinworthy Projects party!

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  14. OMG- my mom misses CA so much... She would go crazy for this cake! Amazing Job! Pleased to be your newest follower!
    Hugs, Jen @ f5

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