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Please help with this "tree bark" technique

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I'm making this wedding cake, and I have several ideas as to how to accomplish the look of the tree stump, but I'm not really sure what is going to get me as close as possible to this picture. It looks like a buttercream technique to me, but not air brushed, so maybe icing with 2 different colors? and then a fondant inlay for the top? Any suggestions or help would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you!!

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I recently saw a cake that used this mat for the texture - http://www.jenniferdontz.com/Bark-Texture-Mat_p_1516.html Maybe you could get this to achieve the look?

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That mat is awesome, but unfortunately the wedding is tomorrow and they want to avoid fondant...  My biggest question is the coloring, I don't think the texture will be a problem, but I want to get the colors as realistic as possible.

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I'm pretty sure that is all fondant

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Ok, but even if it were fondant, how is the coloring done?

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This was done by CC member Wildorchid.  According to the description, the texture on the bottom was done with royal icing and then airbrushed.  Here is the link to the picture http://cakecentral.com/g/i/2263079/bottom-tier-is-done-with-royal-to-mimic-tree-bark-given-depth-with-airbrushing-gum-paste-leaves-and-tiny-birds-photo-by-mark-davidson/

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If it were me and I had to do it the next day I'd do it with one coat of the light brown in buttercream. Then a coat of dark brown buttercream about 3 times the thickness of the first. Then smear with cake spatula. When it crusts you could lightly dust with some petal dust in a few areas with dark mocoa for some dark effects.

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Ya know Goreti, I was actually thinking it looked a bit like royal icing.  Thank you so much for the help everyone!

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