Leafy Lattice Cake


Sometimes the simple designs are the most striking, and that’s certainly true with this Leafy Lattice Cake. A lovely cake for Mother’s Day, birthday celebrations or even for a garden party or spring brunch, this garden-inspired cake features leaves made a day in advance, so decorating is easy breezy the day of the party. Personalize your lattice cake with a message or leave it as is for a visually appealing centerpiece that’s sure to be the talk of the town!

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One day in advance, make leaves. Prepare royal icing following recipe instructions. Combine Leaf Green and Moss Green icing colors to get light green color shown. Combine Kelly Green and Black icing colors to get medium green color shown. Combine Moss Green and Royal Blue icing colors to get dark green color shown.Tint ¼ cup icing each light green, medium green and dark green following color combinations provided. Prepare decorating bag with tip 101s; fill with small amounts of light, medium and dark green icings, allowing colors to mix in bag. On wax paper-covered board, pipe 200 to 210 petals and leaves (follow Apple Blossom, Daisy and Violet techniques for piping petals). Let dry overnight, at least 8 to 10 hours.

Step 2

Bake cake. Prepare cake batter following recipe instructions. Bake and cool two cake layers, trimming one layer to 2½ in. for a 5 in. high cake. Using creamy decorator icing spatula ice cake smooth, leaving icing on sides of cake slightly thicker than top.

Step 3

Make lattice design. Hold Icing Smoother against side of cake at 45 degree angle. Using toothpick mark lines around cake, spaced about 1½ in. apart. Repeat in the opposite direction.

Step 4

Decorate cake. Combine Brown and Moss Green icing colors to get brown color shown. Using Brown icing color, tint ¼ cup icing brown. Prepare decorating bag with tip 1 and brown icing. Starting at bottom of cake, pipe vines along toothpick marks. Pipe additional branches coming off vines, if desired. Branches should only reach about ½ way up the cake.Remove leaves and petals from wax paper. Position bigger leaves in bigger clusters at bottom of cake. Decrease amount and size of leaves towards top of vines and branches.

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A variety of leaves will help give your cakes a more realistic garden feel. Add piping gel to your icing to help keep your leaves from breaking.

Try some fun color combinations?yellow petals with yellow or blue centers, violet or blue petals with yellow centers and peach petals with orange centers. Highlight centers with Wilton Cake Sparkles? or colored sugars.

The Violet is an ideal ?filler? flower. Use it to give an abundant look to all kinds of floral cakes. It looks beautiful in white and yellow as well as violet.

This 5-petal springtime flower, most commonly seen in white or soft pink, is virtually the same petal shape as the wild rose, but uses a smaller tip creating a petite flower. The dot stamen are typically positioned like the holes in a 5-hole button. Dry them on flower formers for a more natural look.

The intersecting teardrop shapes provide heightened texture, especially if you fill in the spaces between teardrops with sugar pearls or piped dots or stars.

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