Wilton Succulent Topped Cake

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by Wilton Design Team

Wilton Succulent Topped Cake

A fondant succulent plant adds a fresh, natural touch on this buttercream-iced cake.

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:2 hours

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Project time does not include neither the time to bake nor cool the cakes, the preparation of the gum glue adhesive nor the time for fondant projects to dry.
  • 2
    Make plant at least 2 days in advance. Knead 1/2 oz. Gum-Tex into 4 oz. White fondant. Tint Green. Use 9 inch fondant roller with Purple guide rings to roll out fondant 1/8 inch thick. Use tool from tool set to cut 15 leaves for two outer rows. Store under storage board flap until needed. Use large ball tool from set to slightly thin edges and center of each leaf on thin shaping foam.
  • 3
    Use tool from tool set to cut four leaves for next row. Use knife to trim 1/4 inch from bottom end (without point) and taper in 1/8 inch on each side. Thin edges and center as above. Let dry 24 hours on cornstarch-dusted wave flower former, placing larger leaves in large sections and smaller leaves in small sections.
  • 4
    Use tool from tool set to cut one flower shape. Use knife to trim off petals for four small center leaves. Thin edges as above. Let dry 24 hours in small section of wave flower former.
  • 5
    For center bud, roll a ball of Moss Green fondant into a log, 3/8 inch diameter x 1/2 inch long. Use scissors to cut four slits in end of log, 1/4 inch deep. Use fingers to shape into points for four bud petals. Use 5-division umbrella tool from set to imprint center of bud; use scissors to trim bottom flat. Let dry 24 hours on cornstarch-dusted cake board. Reserve remaining Green fondant.
  • 6
    Assemble plant 1 day in advance. Use brush to brush top edges of leaves with Deep Pink Color Dust edible accents and centers of leaves with Lime Green Color Dust edible accents.
  • 7
    Use 9 inch fondant roller with Purple guide rings to roll out reserved Green fondant 1/8 inch thick. Use straight edge of third smallest (1-7/16 inch) round cut-out to cut a circle for plant base. Place base in aluminum foil square folded in the shape of a flower.
  • 8
    Prepare gum glue adhesive by breaking about 1/4 teaspoon of Ready-To-Use Gum Paste into very small pieces. Dissolve pieces in about 1 tablespoon water. Let rest about 1 hour. Mixture will be ready to use even if some pieces have not dissolved. Use brush and gum glue adhesive to attach six leaves to base for outer row. Attach five leaves for next row, supporting leaves with a small piece of Green fondant and crumpled paper napkins. Use knife to attach four trimmed leaves for next row, supporting as above. Attach center buds. Let dry 24 hours.
  • 9
    Prepare batter following recipe directions. Bake and cool two 6 inch cake layers. Prepare buttercream icing following recipe directions. Prepare, fill and stack cakes on cake circle, for 2-layer cake, 4 inch high.
  • 10
    Use spatula and icing to ice cake approximately 3/8 inch thick. On cake top, draw spatula in a curve from one edge to opposite edge to create textured effect. You will use the two end points as a guide for texture lines on cake sides. For cake sides, draw spatula in a curve, moving from one end point to other. Repeat, gradually moving spatula just below previous groove of icing, to bottom of cake. Position plant on top of cake 1 inch near edge of cake from focal point. Use additional icing if needed.

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:2 hours

Project Supplies

  • Wilton Decorator Preferred Fondant White 24 oz. 104795455
  • Wilton Icing Colors 1 oz. Moss Green 104103423
  • Cornstarch
  • Wilton Pearl Dust 1 oz. Deep Pink 104560127
  • Wilton Pearl Dust 1 oz. Lime Green 104560129
  • Wilton Ready-To-Use Gum Paste 104105024
  • Your Favorite Cake Recipe or Mix (4-1/2 cups of batter are needed)
  • Your Favorite Buttercream Icing Recipe
  • Wilton Fondant Rolling Pin 9 inch 104105836
  • Wilton Gum Paste Cutter Set Flowers 104560079
  • Wilton Gum Paste Storage Board 104560672
  • Wilton Fondant/Gum Paste Tool Set 10 pc. 104793676
  • Wilton Fondant Shaping Foam Set 104105846
  • Wilton Wave Flower Former Set 104521474
  • Wilton Decorating Brush Set 5 pc. 104793678
  • Wilton 6 pc. Cake Boards 10 inch x 14 inch 104105908
  • Wilton Cut-Outs Dual-side Fondant Cutters Rounds 104793687
  • Wilton Decorator Preferred Round Pan 6 inch x 3 inch Deep 104105958 (2)
  • Wilton 10 inch x 16 inch Cooling Grid 104106022
  • Wilton Cake Circles 10 inch 12 pc. 104105858
  • Wilton Angled Spatula 9 inch 104106122
  • Knife
  • Plastic Ruler
  • Paper Napkins