If you are a Cake Central Magazine subscriber, then you’ve already had a chance to see the cakes that fill our latest issue. Inspired by Brothers Grimm fairy tales and the iconic illustrations by Arthur Rackham, V4, I10 of Cake Central Magazine certainly put us in the mood for fantasy, fun and just a little bit of fright! This tree reminds us of some of the fairy tale-inspired cakes we found as we ventured into the woods of the Brothers Grimm…
Perfect for creating a spooky Halloween cake, an outdoor themed cake or creating a fantastical forest sugar scene, this sculpted tree cake tutorial created by Ali Burke of Milk and Cereal shows how to create this dynamic tree. This tree features a base of rice krispies covered in chocolate and angel food cake for the leafy top.
Angel food cake
Food coloring, green
Gel food coloring
Rice krispy treats
2 Wooden circles
1. This is the structure that holds everything up. Two wooden circles and a wooden dowel were connected with screws and gorilla glue. Though it’s not pictured, I then wrapped it all in tin foil to keep things sanitary.
2. Next, I mixed green food coloring into angel food cake and baked it in varying sizes.
3. While the cakes were baking and cooling, I made some rice krispie treats by simply stirring the cereal into melted marshmallows. Then, with wet hands, I formed the cereal around the dowel into a shapely trunk.
4. After the cakes had cooled, I tore off any browned edges and arranged the layers to mimic a treetop. The underside of the bottom-most cake layer was cut away slightly to fit over and cover up the top wooden circle which it was resting on.
5. Here comes the trickiest part. Using a combination of snipping with scissors and tearing with my fingers, I pruned the cake. It’s harder than it sounds.
6. When the cake/treetop had a nice shape to it, I added accents with gel food coloring and a pastry brush. It really made a difference, don’t you think?
7. The tree’s roots came next. They’re just made of more rice krispy treats.
8. To make the bark, I melted chocolate chips, stirred chocolate frosting into it, and added some light grey cream cheese frosting to make the color more realistic. Using melted chocolate is actually what created the “bark” look; that didn’t even require any special technique. Since chocolate solidifies as it cools, but frosting doesn’t really, the combination of the two was perfect for the texture I wanted.
9. Lastly, I used some leftover buttercream and dyed it green to make the grass with the grass tip on a piping bag.