Fall Cake with Gumpaste Leaves

fall cake with gumpaste leaves

Fall Cake with Gumpaste Leaves

During my last Wilton class I learned how to form flowers using gumpaste. I really liked rolling and pressing out flower parts and I found it easier than piping icing flowers. After searching the internet for new cake decorations I came across several ideas for fall cakes. I decided I would try making leaves out of gumpaste and place them on a brown cake finished with a basketweave on the sides.
I baked a three layer cake with two layers of chocolate cake and one layer of vanilla cake. To stack the cake I cut the “domes” off and filled the spaces between layers with raspberry jam. I decided against icing inside the cake, because I would be using chocolate buttercream on the outside. To make the cake a little fresher and not too heavy I used jam on the inside.
Next, I mixed up chocolate buttercream and crumb coated the cake. In order to even out the icing on top, I dipped my spatula in hot water and smoothed out the buttercream. That technique worked wonders! The sides I decorated with a basketweave using a star tip.
Days before, I cut fall colored leaves out of gumpaste. I found a maple leaf shape online, traced it and made a shape out of cardboard. Colored fondant was used to color the gumpaste. I placed the maple leaf shape on top of the rolled gumpaste and cut along the edges with a sharp knife. My Wilton cake decorating kit included a flower former, in which I placed the leaves to dry. That way they dried in a wave shape and looked more natural. I piped a blob of icing on the cake where I wanted to place the leaves and placed the hard dried maple leaves on the cake.
I am proud of my end result which turned out to be a beautiful and delicious cake. I definitely loved working with gumpaste, because it gives you many more decorating options.

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