Hi everyone, today we are going to create a beautiful nativity cake, just in time for your Christmas gatherings. Because this cake carries such a significant meaning, I wanted to keep the design simple for any skill level, while creating a feeling of warmth and elegance.
I love painted accents for the personal touch that they bring to a design, and I think that the hand painted figures work very well in the nativity. You may even like to expand the nativity to include the wise men, animals, and other figures. I hope that you enjoy the video, and Merry Christmas!
In this tutorial, our nativity cake is a basic 8 inch/6 inch stacked construction (supported with 4 bubble tea straws beneath the 6 inch tier.) We frosted the tiers with our fluffy vanilla buttercream recipe. The top tier is tinted Americolor Sky Blue with a touch of Royal Blue. Each tier was on it's own cake board cut to the size of the cake, and then onto the pedestal.
Templates-CLICK HERE FOR TEMPLATES
Xacto or Sharp Knife for cutting out figures
Coloring Gel: Americolor Sky Blue, Royal Blue, Bright White, Copper(skin tone), Chocolate Brown, Avacado Green, Lemon Yellow, Tulip Red (*Don't feel limited to my color choices!)
Gum Paste (or fondant with tylose powder kneaded into it)- I used gum paste for my figures
Royal Icing- I used for accents on my angel. You could also layer on fondant accents instead.
Floral Wire- I used 22 gauge wire-- brown for Joseph's staff, and a small piece of white for my angel. Remember that white wire can be painted brown with coloring gel/vodka "paint"
Vodka & Palette or plate for painting. If you do not want to use vodka, lemon extract (not lemon juice) is a good substitute.
Lollipop Stick or Wooden Skewer- Anchor for our angel topper
Gold Highlighter Dust- Optional. Not edible. I used to paint my angel's horn.
Gold Hologram Dust- Optional. Used on my angel's halo.
Twinkle/Pixie Dust- Optional. Used on my Christmas star.
Gold ribbon- Optional. Used as a bottom border for my top tier.
Small Paint Brushes for painting figures (these need to be reserved for your cake use) ;0)
For figures that will become cake toppers, like my angel, allow at least 3 days to dry to be on the safe side. It's also a good idea to make more than one. (I had an extra angel or two just in case mine broke!) For cut-outs that will be partially supported in back by the cake, as with my Mary, Joseph, and manger, 1-2 days of dry time will be fine.