How to make a Vibrant Succulent Cake
Equipment You Will Need
FMM FIVE PETAL ROSE CUTTER – 40MM, 65MM, 90MM
FMM IMPRESSION MAT, SET 1 (WOOD GRAIN)
FMM RIBBON CUTTER
FMM FIRM FOAM FORMER PAD
FMM BALL TOOL
FMM MULTI – RIBBON CUTTER
FMM KNIFE AND SCRIBER TOOL
6” ROUND CAKE
WHITE FLORAL TAPE
26G AND 28G WHITE WIRE
RAINBOW DUST PRO-GELS SEA GREEN, LIME GREEN, MINT GREEN AND GREY
RAINBOW DUST PLAIN AND SIMPLE RANGE LIGHT TEAL, IVY GREEN, ROYAL BLUE, CLARET
Hints & Tips
Always read the project sheet in full before starting your cake!
To make your own modelling paste, add a little tylo to your fondant.
Allow the modelling paste shapes to sit and firm up for a short time before attaching to your cake.
If your modelling paste is sticking to your tools or mat use your FMM Dab-a-Dust for dusting with cornflour or icing sugar.
To Make The Succulent
Use a little Sea Green to colour some flowerpaste. Cut out two shapes with the 40mm five-petal cutter. Use the knife tool to cut into individual petals; keep eight to work with. Place the petals onto the foam pad and use the ball tool to soften the edge. Press the ball into the centre to make it curl up a little. Pinch the tip together to accentuate the point of the petal.
Cut the 26g wire into 6cm lengths. Using a little edible glue insert a wire into each petal and pinch the base closed onto the wire.
Repeat with the 65mm cutter to make ten petals and with the 90mm cutter to make seven. Dry over night.
To dust, begin by applying a little Light Teal to the centre of the petal. Add some Ivy Green to the base and edges, followed by a hint of Royal Blue. Finish with a little Claret to the outer edge of each petal.
To Make The Berries
Colour some more flower paste with Lime Green and cut the 28g wire into 5cm lengths.
Roll small balls of flowerpaste & using edible glue attach each to a wire, pressing the ball to flatten it – it should be about the same size and shape as a piece of sweetcorn. Make 30+.
Once dry, dust with some Ivy Green at the base of each one to give a graduated colour. Using quarter width tape, tape into small branches of four to seven parts.
To Make The Ruffle Flowers
Colour some flowerpaste with mint green and cut two of the 40mm five-petal cutter.
Place on to the foam pad and use the ball tool to soften and frill the edges. Put a dab of edible glue on one and place the other on top. Pinch the flowers together in the centre to make the petal ruffle up as shown.
Once dry, dust using a little Ivy Green and Royal Blue to catch the edges of the petals and add texture to the flower.
To Decorate The Cake
Colour some sugarpaste using Grey Pro-Gel. Cover your cake and board. Roll out the spare sugarpaste into rough strips and mark all over using the Wood-grain impression mat. Set the Multi-ribbon cutter to 2cm and cut the sugarpaste into strips.
Attach a strip to the cake diagonally, being careful to cut the top and bottom of each strip carefully. Attach more strips following the same angle and also perpendicular to the first strip until the cake is covered.
Use a blob of grey sugarpaste and a posy-pick to attach the succulent to the cake.
Use further posy-picks to insert the berries around the main succulent.
Use royal icing to attach the ruffle flowers, filling in the gaps around the succulent and placing a couple at the base of the cake.
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