How to Make a Floral Garden Cake

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If you’re a more experienced cake baker looking for a beautiful but challenging bake for Easter, this floral garden cake is your next project! Featuring a stunning array of sugarpaste flowers and a sweet little spring bee, it is sure to impress.

Suitable for : Advanced

Time to make : Four to five hours, plus drying time

You Will Need
How to Make
  1. Cover your cake with the pastel green icing. Use a cake smoother/polisher to ensure a smooth, professional finish. Take the green and yellow food colours and a small pot of clear alcohol (such as vodka).
    Top Tip! . . .If you don’t want to use alcohol then you can use a colourless extract such as lemon or almond extract.
  2. Dip the paintbrush in the food colour and then into the vodka and mix into a ‘paint’ on a plate. You should be able to make 3 or 4 different shades of green by mixing up the colours. Paint small upwards strokes around the bottom of the cake to resemble stalks of grass.
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  3. To make the fence panels, take 200g white icing and knead in ½ teaspoon of gum tragacanth. This will give the icing strength and help it to harden quicker.
  4. Roll out the icing to a thickness of approximately 3mm. Use a pizza wheel to cut out strips approximately 2cm wide. Measure the height of your cake and trim the strips to various lengths to fit your cake.
    Top Tip! . . .The fence panels do not need to be exactly the same length or even straight – this gives them a bit more character!
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  5. Use a leaf veining tool so score the fence panels to resemble wood grain – alternatively, you can use a blunt knife. Leave the fence panels to dry on a flat surface overnight.
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  6. Attach the fence panels to the sides of the cake with a little royal icing.
  7. Add some tiny little ready-made flowers peeping between the cracks in the fence.
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  8. Crush up the chocolate biscuits in a bowl with the end of a rolling pin until they resemble fine crumbs with some larger lumps. Arrange this ‘soil’ around the base of the cake and add some carrot decorations.
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    For all flowers and leaves, mix a little gum tragacanth into the icing before you use it. Leave all flowers to dry overnight before using to decorate cake.
  9. Leaves:
    Roll out the Lincoln green icing and use the leaf cutters to cut out various sized leaves. Use the leaf veining tool (or a knife) to score in the veins. Put the leaves on a flat surface to dry but don’t lay them flat – curl them in different ways to give them movement.
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  10. Sweet Pea:
    Roll out lilac icing 2mm thick and cut out the 2 petal shapes using the sweet pea cutter set. Roll a long, thin teardrop shaped cone and arch the pointed end back slightly – this will be the inside of the flower.
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  11. Put the 2 petals on a foam pad and use the ball tool to thin and ruffle the outside edges of the petals.
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  12. Wrap the smaller petal around the base of the teardrop shape and use a little water to stick it in place.
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  13. Brush the bottom of the larger petal (with the 3 dips) with a little water and wrap this around the back of the flower.
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  14. Carnation:
    Roll out the pastel yellow icing 2mm thick. Cut out 2 flowers with the smallest cutter and 2 with the medium cutter. Roll a toothpick along the outside of every flower to thin and ruffle the edges.
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  15. Use a little water to stick the centre of one medium flower on top of the other. Take the 2 smaller flowers and loosely fold each in half and half again and then stick these to the top of the flower.
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  16. Rose:
    Roll 8 equal sized balls of pink icing. Squash each ball into a petal shape and use your finger and thumb to thin all around the outside edge leaving the base of each petal thicker.
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  17. To start off the rose, roll the first petal into a coil, leaving the thicker edge at the base.
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  18. The next petal should be wrapped around, hiding the join of the coiled petal.
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  19. The next and each subsequent petal can be wrapped around, hiding the join every time until all the petals are added.
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  20. Gently use your fingertip to curl the petals back slightly.
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  21. Bumble Bee:
    To make the bee, take the yellow and black icing and roll 2 short, fat sausage shapes of equal size. Cut the yellow into 3 and the black into 4. Discard the 2 black rounded ends and sandwich the 2 remaining black discs between the 3 yellow pieces to make the stripy bee.
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  22. Draw the face on with edible black pen.
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  23. Take a piece of green florist wire and wrap the middle around a thin tool or paintbrush to make a coil, leaving one long end straight. Trim off any excess wire and bend the tip – insert this into the underneath of the bee, using a little royal icing to glue it in place.
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  24. Cut some tiny wings from white paper or edible wafer paper and attach to the bee’s back with royal icing.
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  25. Arrange the flowers on the top of your cake and stick in position with royal icing. I have used a combination of handmade flowers, ready-made flowers and flowers simply made with plunger cutters. Arrange the leaves in amongst the flowers and finish with the bee hovering above.

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