I love cake carving – and I often get asked how I got started! well my VERY first time carving a cake was this carved pumpkin cake 9 years ago – yup back when I didn’t have a good camera and took all my pictures at night in my florescent lit kitchen. ANYWAY – ever since I’ve been carving a pumpkin cake every fall – and this year I make a video tutorial for you!
My cakes look different EVERY year! I never make it the same – one year I even make a Mickey Jack-O-lantern cake. That was a fun one. ANYWAY a realistic looking pumpkin means they are all unique. Sometimes they are taller, sometimes short and squatty, the best part about recreating something from nature is that it CAN be different and still look great!
IF you don’t want to airbrush you can always use orange and brown luster dusts with a small brush and brush into the cracks. I’ll probably try that next year – just make sure your cake is TOTALLY dry before doing that, if there is any oil or grease or water on the cake the powder will stick darkly and you won’t be able to blend it well.
This was not only my first carved cake back in the day, but also my first time airbrushing – it’s such a fun toy to have BUT you can also leave your pumpkin plain (like Mickey) and it will still look awesome and impress everyone! The biggest thing I can say is to just have fun! Because you don’t have to worry about it being perfect (in nature everything has natural flaws) it’s a really fun one to experiment with!
Just make sure your cakes are partially frozen – and have a SHARP serrated knife. And remember you can also cut more, you can’t cut less – so if your nervous take your time – the first time I made this cake it took HOURS – I think I airbrushed for 2 hours alone… BUT this year it took me 2 hours start to finish – and that’s even with the time it takes to film!
This was last years cake – you can see I didn’t carve into the top very much and I used chocolate fondant for a more dead looking stem! the possibilities are endless – just HAVE FUN! and take pictures and tag me in social media! I WANNA SEE how amazing you do!
Check out this video from the Men Try Videos channel – they came over and make this same cake with me (so I’ve made two this year) and we had a blast – as you can see the guys did GREAT – like I always say with the right tips and tricks anyone can make anything!Do NOT miss a single post. Subscribe to weekly recaps for Ashlee Marie by Email Some of the links in my posts may be “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Thank you for supporting Ashlee Marie when you shop!