March 05, 2012

Cactus Cake for Cinco De Mayo

I don't have any pictures as I was making this but I will share the recipe I used. It was a red velvet cake inside with butter cream frosting. The green is fondant. This was a very big cake. It was about 24" tall.

I started by making three 9x13" cakes. After they were cooled I started to freehand cut out and piece together what I thought looked like a cactus. I then frosted it and added on another layer. I used a lot of frosting to glue it all together. I then smoothed the frosting out as best as I could. 

The night before I made two batches of fondant and colored it with green gel coloring. I then rolled out my fondant. This was the most difficult part because the cake was so large. I have never had to work with this big of an area with fondant. My son actually had to help put the fondant on this one. After the fondant was on I took a small round ball tool and made the lines in running down the cactus.

Next I took sunburst candies and rolled them out and cut them in the shape of flowers. I use the candies when I need different colors and I only need a small amount. The stickers are toothpicks broken in half and stuck all over. I would like to lie and say that I made the lizard but it is a small plastic one that I purchased.:)

The Red Velvet Cake recipe I love can be found HERE 

Classic Buttercream icing-yield 6 cups

*2 cups butter or solid white veatable shortening
* 2 teaspoons vanilla (use clear vanilla to get a pure white icing)
*4 tablespoons milk or water
*2 pounds pure cane confecioner suger (thats around 8 cups)
*2 tablespoons meringue powder (this is sold at ac more or michles craft stores, and other specialty baking stores)

Directions- On medium speed, cream shortening, vanilla, and water/milk. Add half of dry ingredients, mix a little, add other half. This will create a stiff icing. If it is too stiff, add another tablespoon or two of water/milk


  1. Hey..
    i liked your cakes very much
    can u gave me the recipe if u don't mind..

    Fan of your cakes

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  3. I like this cake:) That little lizard is just too cute. Thank you for sharing at Freedom Fridays.

  4. I LOVE this cactus cake!!! Liz

  5. Another amazing cake! Thank you for linking up and helping to make my blog hop so much fun for everyone!

  6. I love your cactus cake, you should post the tutorial!

    1. Thanks Anita!
      I don't have any pictures as I was making it but I will try and write a little about it.

  7. This is so cute. I am super impressed by the finish of your fondant. It looks like cactus. I wonder if you could have used dried spaghetti noodles to give a similar effect. I don't know - the toothpicks look really realistic. Jodi @

    1. Thank you! I almost used spaghetti, but I like that the toothpicks were pointy on the end. :)

  8. darling cake! so creative to use toothpicks for the stickers!!!!

  9. Cute cake! The lizard is a nice touch. ^.^

    ♥ aquariann
    Art Update: Clematis Drawing

  10. The cake is so stinkin cute!! We love this fun idea. Thanks for joining us for "Strut Your Stuff Saturday". We hope you'll be back soon! We loved having you. -The Sisters

  11. This cake is just beautiful!
    Very unique and very creative

  12. Great cake! I've never seen a cactus cake before!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  13. This is really super cute!
    Thanks so much for linking up to the Pinworthy Projects party!

  14. OMG- my mom misses CA so much... She would go crazy for this cake! Amazing Job! Pleased to be your newest follower!
    Hugs, Jen @ f5


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