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Topic Title: Cornucopia (Horn o' Plenty) Cake, Tutorial
Created On Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:35 PM
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whoknew?
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Posted: Wednesday September 28, 2011 10:35 PM

Just in time for fall and Thanksgiving, here's a tutorial I posted last year. You can obviously convert this design onto rounds or other shaped cakes.

You can view the 11 pictorial steps on my website:

http://christinascakes.shutterfly.com/pictures/197

I was fortunate to take a class from an outstanding teacher, Kathleen Lange, confectionarychalet.com. The first 7 photos in the tutorial are from her class and are used with her permission. (I apologize that the top of the cornucopia is smooshed in the photo, the cake was taken before I could take a photo of the cake with the top corrected.)

Step 1--cover sugar cone with buttercream
a) Use tip #21 and cover about 1" high on both sides, b) then go back and forth on top of cone.

Step 2--finish front edges with border
Use a swirling motion to create border. Put some inside the opening of the cone.

Step 3--create items in corncucopia opening
Swirl a large area with tip #21 to create a base, then begin adding flowers or buttercream fruit. These are two mums. (More on mums later)

Step 4--add more items in opening
Begin adding mums, grapes, leaves, vines, etc. Using bi-color frosting helps create authentic leaf and flower colors.

Step 5--Add grapes, vines, leaves
Keep adding mums, grapes, leaves, etc. until you reach the desired fullness of your cornucopia

Mums: http://www.wilton.com/technique/Chrysanthemum-Mum
You can also use tip 352 to make the mums with pointed petals. I also use tip 352 for the leaves.

Bi-color icing: Bag Striping Effects, Brush Striping OR Spatula Striping
http://www.wilton.com/decorating/icing/coloring-icing.cfm

You can also use the seriouscakes frosting plug method. Watch this video (frosting plug starts at minute 1:35):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgjW8bOb84s

Grapes: Use tip 5 or 7 depending on the size you want your grapes. Use this method to get round "balls":
http://www.wilton.com/technique/Ball

Leaves: Tip 352

Vines: Use tip 3 for stems, and tip 1 for curlicues

Enjoy!

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berry good
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Posted: Thursday September 29, 2011 2:10 AM

That cake is awesome, looks kind of hard :(
 
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whoknew?
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Posted: Thursday September 29, 2011 5:51 AM

BerryGood--That's the fun part! It's NOT that hard. I was very new to cake decorating when I took this class and these techniques were just a quick demonstration. Get a practice surface (like a cookie sheet) and copy each of the photos. (You can always scrape off your different colors of buttercream later, mix them together and make chocolate buttercream by adding some cocoa.)

Please try it! I was so excited when I did my cake at home I telephoned my teacher and told her my cake looked just like hers. It was a big moment.

When you break down the individual components, cornucopia, mums, leaves, stems and curlicues, grapes, bi-color frosting, each is fairly easy. The hardest part would be the mums. If you can't get those, try any other buttercream flower in autumn colors that you CAN do.

You CAN make your own awesome cake. If you have any questions, just send me a PM and I'll walk you thru each step.
 
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auntpay
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Posted: Thursday September 29, 2011 9:48 AM

Gorgeous!
 
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tlh
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Posted: Thursday September 29, 2011 9:56 AM

Love that cake ! And thank you so much for the tutorial I will be using it in the future.
 
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trybaking06
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Posted: Thursday September 29, 2011 12:22 PM

good job. You have come such a long way in a short period of time, you go girl.
 
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whoknew?
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Posted: Thursday September 29, 2011 12:38 PM

Thanks darlin'. I was SO proud of that cake. It still makes me smile in wonderment that "I did that".
 
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bradloton
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Posted: Sunday October 30, 2011 5:31 PM

Absolutely GORGEOUS!!! Hope you don't mind but I HAVE to make that for my November birthday people at our Legion. I will try, at least.
 
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kidcaker
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Posted: Sunday October 30, 2011 7:14 PM
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This cake looks like so much fun to make. I will have to try this soon, right after all the snow melts
 
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whoknew?
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Posted: Monday October 31, 2011 1:01 PM

bradloton and kidcaker~~If you have ANY questions at all, send me a private message and we can exchange phone numbers and/or regular email addresses. (I'm not getting email notifications of replies to threads, so otherwise I might miss it.)
 
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kidcaker
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Posted: Monday October 31, 2011 2:25 PM
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Thank you for your offer whoknew I may just do the cornucopia for a cake I am doing soon so I may need the help
 
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bradloton
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Posted: Monday October 31, 2011 6:02 PM

Thanks. Hopefully I won't need help but I appreciate the offer. I've been known to ask for help!
 
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dietcokenoice
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Posted: Monday October 31, 2011 6:25 PM

Your cake looks fantastic. Thanks for posting the tutorial too. I may just have to give this a try soon.
 
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Flour_Power
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Posted: Wednesday November 02, 2011 7:10 AM

That cake is gorgeous! =)
 
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bradloton
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Posted: Sunday November 27, 2011 5:28 PM

whoknew: thanks so much for letting use your idea. the people at the Legion loved it.

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whoknew?
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Posted: Sunday November 27, 2011 6:00 PM

bradloton~~You did a BEAUTIFUL cake! I'm glad all the November birthday 'boys' enjoyed your creation. Hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving.
 
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bradloton
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Posted: Monday November 28, 2011 10:50 AM

They did and I had a great Thanksgiving. Hope yours was good as well.
 
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dietcokenoice
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Posted: Saturday September 22, 2012 8:08 AM

I'm bumping because the season is nearing for this one!!! Love it.
 
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LBGunnin
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Posted: Monday September 24, 2012 11:15 AM

I don't get any email reminders either but I do get from other sites.
 
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JoyceD
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Posted: Tuesday September 25, 2012 9:06 AM
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It was this thread from Christina that gave me the idea to make my cornucopia last year during Christmas. Thanks again for the inspiration, Christina! I tweaked the idea and made only the horn entirely from cake.
 
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