Video:How to Create Pine Trees for Cake Decorationswith Kara Mickelson
Creating pine trees for cake decorations is easy if you have the right supplies. Watch this About.com video to see tips for making these fun cake decorations.See Transcript
Transcript:How to Create Pine Trees for Cake Decorations
Hi I'm Kara Mickelson, Owner of CreativeCulinaryGroup.com. I'm a personal chef and food stylist. Today I'm here with About.com to show you How to Create Piped Pine Trees.
Supplies for Pine Trees for Cake Decorations
Here's what you need to get started:
- White or chocolate fondant, or gum paste for the foundation
- Stiff royal icing
- Fabric piping bags
- Decorating tip # 234
- Parchment paper
- Cornstarch satchel or cornstarch in nylon
- Standard sized cupcakes with plain white or seasonal wrappers – make sure the cupcakes are baked, cooled, and frosted
- Toothpicks or skewers
- Styrofoam block for support
Making the Pine Trees Cake Decorations
Hand-shape the fondant or gum paste into a conical shape and add a skewer or toothpick into the base for support. Craft a larger tree base and a smaller tip at the top of the tree. The tree tip will need to be very narrow, and the cone shape accentuated, in order to maintain the shape of the tree once adding the exterior layer of frosting. Make assorted sizes of trees and bases that are in scale with your overall end design. Place finished tree bases in a foam block and let dry completely for 12 hours or longer.
More Instructions for Pine Trees Cake Decorations
Use a fabric piping bag fitted with a coupler, and a #234 decorating tip to pipe the tree exterior greenery on each finished base. Use a dark green royal icing for best results. It will also need to be very stiff. Pipe a few practice runs on parchment paper before placing on the tree. Use the trees to decorate a base around a cake, or remove the skewer and toothpick and place on a cupcake or a cake. I hope you enjoyed this cake-decorating segment.
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