You don’t need a birthday to eat cake! Celebrate a new look or new style with this fun Lookin’ Sharp Cactus Cake. Decorated using the fondant inlay technique, this cake project combines fondant shapes in a variety of colors to create a modern decoration that is celebratory and fun! You can see this cake and many more in the How to Decorate with Fondant Shapes and Cut-Outs kit, filled with lots of tutorials, inspiration and even a few must-have tools to make your treats blossom.
Bake cake. Prepare cake batter following recipe instructions. Bake and cool one cake layer. Level. Ice cake smooth.
Tint fondant. Tint 5/8 in. ball of fondant each dark purple, light fuchsia, light purple, light turquoise, medium turquoise, bright green, green-blue, medium green, dark green and dark blue using color combinations provided. Combine Violet and Burgundy icing colors to get dark purple color shown. Combine Rose and touch of Sky Blue icing colors to get light fuchsia color shown. Combine Rose and touch of Violet icing colors to get light purple color shown. Combine Teal and Sky Blue icing colors to get light and medium turquoise colors shown. Combine Lemon and Moss Green icing colors to get bright green color shown. Combine Kelly Green and touch of Teal icing colors to green-blue color shown. Combine Moss Green and Brown icing colors to get medium and dark green colors shown. Combine Royal Blue and Violet icing colors to get dark blue shown.
Cut fondant shapes. Using fondant roller with pink guide rings, roll out fondant separately. Using smallest cutters and cut-outs, cut various shapes from fondant.
To mix and match colors, cut shapes in half or in thirds, then re-assemble with coordinating colors. Use fondant inlay technique to make additional flower pots and cactus shapes.
Decorate cake. Arrange plants around sides of cake (use icing to attach if buttercream has crusted).
For cactus needles, prepare decorating bag with tip 1 and white icing. Pipe pull-out dots on cactus leaves.
Tint ¼ cup icing medium turquoise using color combinations provided. Prepare decorating bag with tip 3 and medium turquoise icing. Pipe inscription on cake.
Making seamless fondant effects and patterns, like stripes and dots, is easy when using the fondant inlay technique. You can make hundreds of combinations using the fondant overlay technique. Try using this technique with alphabet cutters to make monograms for personalized toppers.