In this free cake decorating video tutorial, I’m going to show you how to create beautiful buttercream cactus and succulents for your cakes!
It seems that cactus and succulent themed designs are popping up all over the place these days–in cake and cupcake decorating, cookie decorating, party themes, and more.
Buttercream Succulents vs. Gum Paste Succulents
It’s funny how cake designs cycle back around over time. About five years ago, succulents were huge and we created a cake video tutorial for an elegant cake featuring gum paste succulents.
This time around, both succulents and cactus plants trending. We’re happy to have a buttercream version to share, and I have to say, as easy as our gum paste succulents were, the buttercream succulents are even simpler!
We hope that you enjoy the video! Keep these designs in mind for your cupcake decorating too! Enjoy!
Materials for Cactus & Succulents Cake:
We decorated an 8 inch and 6 inch cake tier, each is on it’s own cake cardboard cut down to size.
As usual, the top tier is supported beneath with four bubble tea straws cut to the height of the bottom tier. The tiers are frosted with our Fluffy Vanilla Buttercream frosting recipe.
Coloring Gels: We used Americolor Avocado Green, Lemon Yellow
Cake Comb: We used a comb from a Wilton Set
Piping Tips: 104, 80, Wilton 8B, 102, 6, 233, 352
rose nail and waxed paper squares
Buttercream Frosting (If you are chilling your succulents as we did, your frosting will firm up quickly if your frosting contains butter. We used our Fluffy Vanilla Buttercream recipe)
Gum Paste (or fondant with tylose kneaded into it)
Extruder – (We used the Makin’s Ultimate Clay Extruder)
Rice Cereal Treat: We used one 22g. pre-packaged bar.
Sprinkles- We used white jimmies for cactus prickles and small round white sprinkles
Miscellaneous: Oval cutter (or template for oval) for plaque, turntable, piping gel, piping bags,
Enjoy the Video!
We hope that you enjoy this buttercream cactus & succulents cake! You could recreate this design exactly or create a similar style of design on sheet cakes or smaller cake tiers.
This cake would be perfect for birthdays, showers, and weddings!