Well, this is my Christmas Cake for this year. My boys asked for a snowman cake, so here we have some 3D Christmas Trees made using a snowflake cutter and a little snowman atop a rough iced royal icing covered cake. It has been such a busy few weeks getting everything ready fro Christmas I have not had much chance to hit the blogosphere . I am determined to publish this post before Christmas, so without further ado, I am going to publish the bare bones and add the finer points and finesses when (if?) I get a mo.
3D Christmas Trees
Stamp out green sugar florist paste / gum paste / modelling paste with a snowflake plunger cutter. You need either two or three each of three sizes. (You would probably get away with ordinary fondant as you want these to be a few millimetres thick). You don't have to plunge the pattern, but, if you do it makes it easier to find the centre for the next step
Use a small ball tool to make a dip in the centre and then carefully push a toothpick through and use this to widen the hole a little.
Leave your snowflakes to dry for about 24 hours, then brush them over with a little lustre. I used Frosted Holly by Sugarflair. (Love the difference this lustre makes)
Now you are ready to start to stack the green snowflakes. Start by making a trunk out of brown sugar paste. (or use more green, actually might look better if you use green)
Carefully slide over the first and largest lustred snowflake, then slide a small bead or brown or green paste onto the cocktail stick to make a gap between the "leaves"
Build up alternating layers of beads and leaves, biggest at the bottom to smallest at the top. I brushed the ends and edges of my branches with a little edible glue at this stage and sprinkled liberally with green edible glitter
Take a firm grip of the sides of the top of the cocktail stick and push into your cake so only 5 mm or so sticks out at the top. Roll a tiny green ball of green and shape this to cover the end of the cocktail stick. I am still undecided as to whether I am going to stick a start on the front of this. Once on the cake you can adjust the branches slightly if you need to. If the tree looks a bit squashed, just careful raise the toothpick and it will rise up again.
Arrange on the cake. The tree in the middle is made from three of each size of snowflake with small beads in-between and the two at the side are made from two of each size of snowflake with larger beads in-between
This lovely little snowman is from one of Karen Davies' moulds. Here is his close-up
And here he is on the cake