Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Christmas Dessert Cake

My partner and I had our annual Christmas Dessert Open House party this past weekend. I love decorating a special cake for the party and this year I decided to create a poinsettia cake using fondant

To make the red and green leaves, my husband and I took a handful of fondant and after adding food dye, kneeded the dye into the fondant. (Rub confectionary sugar on your hands to keep the fondant from sticking to your hands)

Once we achieved the desired color, we rolled the icing into thin squares and used a pizza cutter to cut out the leaves. Then using a sharp tool, we traced the vein lines across the top of the leaves being careful not to cut all the way through the leaf.


Once the leaf was complete, we then placed them on a cookie sheet to dry using different items (we used small candles) to hold up different areas of the leaf to add texture. 

To make the center pods simply kneed yellow food dye into a small piece of fondant and roll with your hands.


Once the leaves and pods dried overnight, I then arranged them on top of the cake using lemon buttercream frosting as a glue to hold them in place. To complete the holiday look, I dusted the cake with edible gold dust to add some sparkle and shine!

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