Thursday, March 1, 2012

Ombre Chevron Cake Tutorial

Pin It

On Tuesday a neighbor of mine asked me if I would PLEASE make a cake for her daughter's birthday today.  How could I say no?  My neighbor secretly re-did her daughter's room in bright green and pink while she was at school today and wanted the cake to match.  I really love it when all I get are the colors and then I can do whatever I want.
The inside of the cake has pink and green cake layers.  The whole time I was baking it I really had no idea what I was going to do.  And then it hit me... Chevron.  And then it hit me again... Ombre Chevron.  For the flower I wasn't really going for a realistic rose,  I wanted it to look more like a large flower you would see on a headband or something.


So here is how to do it.  BTW, I know the tutorial pictures are not the best, but it was at night in my kitchen so the lighting was not the best.
Start by covering your cake in fondant.  I posted the recipe at the bottom of this post.  If you have never done it, don't be scared.  It is SUPER easy.  You will want to roll out your fondant (just like dough, on a lightly greased surface).  Don't roll it too thin (think the thickness of the average plate? I guess).  Then carefully pick it up and set it on top of your cake.  At this point it will look a lot like a table cloth on a little table.  Slowly smooth down the sides.  The fondant will stretch and contract and form to the cake.  Then I used a pizza cutter to cut off any extra from around the bottom.


Next use food coloring to die your fondant green.  I used a mixture of AmeriColor Electric Green and the plain ol' green food coloring you get at the grocery store.  Just add a few drops right to the fondant and knead it in.
Then roll out your piece of green fondant.


I used a quilting grid and a pizza cutter to then cut my fondant into half inch strips.  Then I turned the grid on its diagonal and made 1.5 inch cuts.


You end up with something that kinda looks like this.  Then just stick those bad boys on the cake.


You may need to use a paint brush and a little water to make them stick nicely.  I also didn't put a lot of thought into the chevron meeting up once I went all the way around the cake, so as you get close you may want to slightly adjust the width of your triangles to make it line up in the end.   Or you could do a whole lot of geometry and measuring to make sure they will line up and be perfectly even, but that is above my pay grade and it is just cake not rocket science.  In the end it will just be eaten and no one will care. :)


Once you have done the first stripe, take your leftover green and add about an equal amount of white to it.  Mix those together and you will have your slightly lighter color for the next stripe.  Repeat the process until the cake is covered.


I also made some cute little cupcakes to go along with the cake.  You can follow my tips for pretty cupcakes to make some that look like these.  For the butterfly I mixed some gumpaste (you can buy the pre-made stuff or just add some gumpaste powder) to my fondant so it would dry faster and harder.  Then I just rolled it out, used a butterfly cookie cutter, and laid it over the edge of a casserole dish.


Easy Buttercream:
1.5 cups butter
1.5 cups shortening
2 lbs powder sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp butter flavor/extract
milk to wanted consistency

Cream together the butter and shortening.  Mix in extracts.  Beat in sugar.  Then add milk.


Marshmallow Fondant

16 oz bag of mini marshmallows
2 lbs bag powder sugar
4 TBLS water

Pour marshmallows in a large microwave safe bowl.  Pour the water over the top of the marshmallows.  Place in microwave for 3 mins taking it out and stirring it every 30 secs.   It may not need the whole 3 mins.  You just want all the marshmallows to be melted.  

Then I like to leave it in the bowl and a little at a time mix in powder sugar.  Once I am about half way through the sugar.  I lightly grease my hands and counter with shortening.  Then I knead in the rest of the sugar by hand.  You may need to re shortening your hands, just don't over shortening your fondant because it will make it all fall apart-e.  Got that.  You will probably need the whole bag of sugar. 



Pin It

33 comments:

  1. WOW!!!! That cake is MARVELOUS!!!!!!!

    Please come and share this over at The DIY Dreamer!! PLEASE!
    http://thediydreamer.blogspot.com/2012/02/from-dream-to-reality-linky-party-5.html

    ReplyDelete
  2. This is SOOOOOOOO gorgeous! I absolutely love the ombre and the chevron and the pink and green together... just beautiful! : )

    -Mel the Crafty Scientist

    ReplyDelete
  3. I do cakes too. What a fabulous design you've got here. I love the color choices too! Great work.

    ReplyDelete
  4. SUCH a beautiful cake!! i would love for you to add this to my new link party... spreading the love. please go check it out if you are interested!
    http://lovenotesbylauryn.blogspot.com/search/label/spread%20the%20love%20link%20party
    {love} lauryn @ love notes by lauryn

    ReplyDelete
  5. Absolutely amazing! I love everything about it. I've found this on the Chic on a Shoestring Decorating link party. I'm sure that birthday girl loved it!
    Megan

    ReplyDelete
  6. Wowzer!!! That cake is insanely awesome, and the cupcake couldn't be any sweeter :)

    ReplyDelete
  7. Love this! We just posted our Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday link party and would love for you to stop by and share this...http://kitchenfunwithmy3sons.blogspot.com/2012/03/kitchen-fun-and-crafty-friday-link.html

    ReplyDelete
  8. This is gorgeous Laura! I found you over at the DIY Dreamer link party, and we're now following you :) Your tutorial makes me think that maybe I could actually try using fondant! And the cupcake is adorable... thanks for sharing your amazing talents :)

    ReplyDelete
  9. That turned out just beautiful, Laura! And you just came up with that and whipped it up; your creativity never ceases to amaze me!

    ReplyDelete
  10. I love this recipe project. I hope you will stop by and link up to my St. Patty's Day Project Parade.

    ReplyDelete
  11. The colors are great. Very fun girl cake.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Beautiful cake. Such talent, please come and share at the weekly Anything Goes fri-monday linky at Bacon Time.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Thanks for the fondant recipe. I pinned it yesterday and it's had at least ten repins already!

    ReplyDelete
  14. Gorgeous cake! I would love for you to link up this project to Do Something Crafty Friday (it runs all week): http://seevanessacraft.com/2012/03/do-something-crafty-29/

    ReplyDelete
  15. Absolutely beautiful!! Love the design...love the colors!!

    Maysem @ odetoinspiration.wordpress.com

    ReplyDelete
  16. Not sure if my first comment went through...but here it goes again:) Love your cake...the design and the colors are beautiful!!

    Maysem @ odetoinspiration.wordpress.com

    ReplyDelete
  17. This cake is so gorgeous!!! I love the cupcakes that go with it too and the little butterfly. Ok I like everything about it!

    I would love to have you come to the project party that I have every weekend here: http://bubblynaturecreations.com/2012/03/project-party-weekend-pretty-striped-pencils-tutorial.html

    Hope to see you there! xoxo- Rachel

    ReplyDelete
  18. I love the lime green and hot pink colors together! Great rose on top!

    ReplyDelete
  19. I love this cake! As soon as I saw the picture I had to click over to see it - green. ombre. chevron. Perfection!

    Visiting from TT&J~ Rhonda @home.made.

    ReplyDelete
  20. Stopping by from the Weekend Wrap UP Party!!! http://queenofsavings.com

    ReplyDelete
  21. What a gorgeous cake! Love the way you decorated it, so lovely!

    ReplyDelete
  22. Oh' No You didn't? LOVE LOVE LOVE! sharing on my COM-FB page. winks, jen

    ReplyDelete
  23. Beautiful! Makes me SERIOUSLY want some cake! haha but yours would be way too pretty to eat! Thanks for sharing! New follower :)

    ReplyDelete
  24. You did an amazing job! I would love for you to stop by and Link up at my Link Party via: www.ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

    Mrs. Delightful
    www.ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  25. Gorgeous. Pretty please come join my party. Because I believe that hard work should be rewarded, you are entered to win some free jewelry, just for linking up: http://trophyw.blogspot.com/2012/03/will-craft-forfree-fly-paint-jewelry.html

    ReplyDelete
  26. You are AMAZING!
    Another STICKER for you my friend!

    ReplyDelete
  27. WOW - what a great cake and I love the butterfly on the cupcake... so sweet!

    ReplyDelete
  28. You did such a great job. I will be featuring it tonight at my Winter Blues Wednesday party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks.

    ReplyDelete
  29. How many layers is this cake????

    ReplyDelete
  30. I love anything to do with baking and decorating! Such a great tutorial!Love it!
    I create cake toppers in clay http://www.etsy.com/shop/GiddyNiddy

    ReplyDelete
  31. This is SOOOOOOOO gorgeous! I absolutely love the ombre and the chevron and the pink and green together... just beautiful! : )

    ReplyDelete
  32. That is one beautiful cake! Great job!

    ReplyDelete

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...