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You will need:
Edible Glitter - Black and Gold
Vodka or Lemon Extract
Cake Turn Table
Large Angled Spatula
Small Angled Spatula
Small Pointed Angled Spatula
Piping Bags - reusable or plastic
Tips - 2, 3, and 5
Decorating Brush Set
Frosting Dye - I recommend either Celebakes or Americolor
Start with some black fondant and mix in a bit of gum paste for extra structural integrity.
Roll it out into a 1" pill shape, and make a cut with an X-Acto knife. Those are your first branches. Roll each of those out and make more cuts. Keep splitting and rolling, making sure to avoid symmetry, until you’ve got a nice little tree limb that you're satisfied with. Make more of various sizes and shapes.
For the cake, you’ll want three or four shades of purple for the ombré and a bit of black for the ground.
More specifically, I mixed in a bit of royal blue with my darkest shade for the night sky, and a hint of orange into the lightest shade for a warm sunset. Just a hint though-- I wanted it to look fairly monochromatic.
Add some rolling hills. Smooth out with a small spatula.
Gently mark out your placement for four trees.
Go around the whole cake and add simple Halloween silhouettes. I went with a crooked fence, gravestones, a haunted house, and a small creepy tree. Google “Halloween silhouettes” for inspiration and images to copy.
Add bat silhouettes and stars to the top and sides. I do a mix of little plus signs and dots for the stars.
Start piping some buttercream trees. For each of mine, I piped the basic shape with a size 6 tip, and then went back and added lines to thicken up the trunk. The texture of the overlapping lines looks great as bark.
Make them a little warped and twisted, with sprawling roots. Add some branches to the top of the cake as well. Don't go crazy with the branches since you'll be adding the fondant ones as well.
Now let’s add dimension to this cake!
Start adding your largest branches to the top of the cake. Add a few smaller limbs and twigs sticking out here and there. Make sure to have each fondant piece connected to a buttercream branch.
Use medium and small branches on the sides of the cake.
I had to take a video because glitter never properly shows up in pictures!
When I designed this cake, I debated for a while whether to use purple, orange, or green ombre. If you choose a different color, I’d love to see it!
Tag me @JuliesSugarMagic on Facebook and Instagram with your own versions!
Stay safe and healthy!