Hi everyone! We're so excited to share our latest cake video tutorial for a Fairy House Tree Stump Cake. We'll show you show to create a simple buttercream tree stump cake that can work not only for fairy houses, but for woodland themes too!
Sweet fairy garden cakes continue to be popular in cake decorating, and this simple tree stump design with it's welcoming entrance and cute modeled fairies would make an adorable birthday cake.
We covered our tree stump in textured buttercream but if you prefer to use fondant, you can easily achieve a textured look by covering the cake and then using gum paste tools, toothpicks, etc. to create realistic lines and impressions.
In Part One, we demonstrate how to build the tree stump and begin to add piped details.
In Part Two, we demonstrate how to model the fairies from gum paste, and also add finishing details to the fairy house tree stump.
For our tree stump, we used four 6 inch layers of our White Almond Sour Cream Cake (scratch) recipe. We used 4 bubble tea straws for support in the bottom tier, two cake cardboards cut down to size, and the base was three 12 inch cake cardboards wrapped with a white plastic tablecloth pulled tightly and secured beneath.
Gum Paste (or fondant with tylose kneaded into it)
Classic Vanilla Buttercream (used for accent colors and to lighten the chocolate frosting for the top of the stump)
Coloring Gels- Americolor Copper (skin tone), Warm Brown, Avocado Green+ Mint Green for grass & leaves, Lemon Yellow, Sky Blue, Deep Pink, Super Black
Food Coloring Pens- Black and Pink (If you don't have this, combine coloring gel with a touch of vodka or lemon extract to create a paint.)
Pink Petal Dust- Optional (for rosy cheeks)
Piping Gel for adhesive
Rice Cereal Treat to create incline for the stone walkway (we used one 22g. bar)
Miscellaneous: I used a bench scraper to smooth & remove excess frosting, a small angled spatula for creating texture in the buttercream, parchment
Wilton small daisy cutter (this was from a set), and small heart cutter for door.
Notes about Modeling
Dry times can vary greatly depending on the humidity in your area, the brand or recipe of gum paste (or fondant) you are using, etc. We used Satin Ice brand gum paste and the fairy wings were firm enough to use after about 24 hours. If you are using fondant with tylose kneaded into it, it may take longer.
*Make an extra set of fairy wings just in case of breakage.