This past weekend, I did an Autumn themed cake for a friend of a friend’s bridal shower. The end result turned out amazing, and I am concluding that that is one of the best cakes I’ve done yet!
I was allowed to run with the design of this cake, and this is what I came up with!
I made these leaves out of a half and half mix of gum-paste and fondant. I coloured the base mix orange, and then used alcohol and gel food colouring in brown, red, orange and yellow to paint them. To texturize and vein the leaves, I pressed them into fake maple leaves and to shape, I used upside down flower molds as shown.
For the acorns, I used pure fondant in 2 shades of brown. I used a fondant tool to give the top part a criss-cross design.
For the pumpkins, I used orange, green and brown fondant. I rolled the orange fondant into balls, and used dental floss to create the lines (a technique I found here). I then used a small leaf cookie cutter to make leaves and wrapped small pieces of green fondant around pencils to get the curly vine pieces.
The big brown bow was again, half gum-paste and half fondant. I used a fondant tool to give the edges a small design.
After icing a 12″ french vanilla round (filled with french vanilla icing) in 2 coats of buttercream, I wrote a celebratory message to the bride, Erin, and placed all of the pieces on to the cake.
I followed up with a dark brown (it looks black in these pictures) border around the base and top edge of the cake.
All of the details on the cake (the brown leaf on the left was my favourite).
Up close pumpkin and acorns.
All packed up and ready to go!
Voila! Autumn Cake!