We’ve combined two of the nation’s favourite things – cake and cacti – to produce an edible landscape masterpiece complete with green desert foliage and biscuity ‘sand’. This fun and stylish cactus-themed bake makes an impressive celebration cake or cupcake design and the green icing sugar plants are an Instagrammer’s dream. They are far from spiky and will go down a treat with green-fingered kids.
Although this cake looks intricate, the decorating technique is easy to master if you break it down. So if you are a fan of all things desert and dessert then start creating your verdant paradise using our easy tips….
Cactus cake recipe
To make the cake base, we used a plain vanilla sponge recipe. However, you could swap this for another sponge mixture such as our easy chocolate cake and the decorations also works well with cupcakes.
Ice your cake with the following vanilla buttercream mixture:
MAKES enough for 1 x 20cm cake or 12 cupcakes
PREP 15 mins
- Put 250g softened butter in a large bowl.
- Add 500g icing sugar and 2-3 tsp milk, then combine everything roughly with a wooden spoon.
- Using a freestand mixer or electric beaters, beat the mixture until smooth and pale.
- Add some food colouring, if you like.
To decorate, start by creating a sandy biscuit base, then load up your cake or cupcakes with as many plants as you like. Mix up the sizes and shades of green for maximum impact.
Crush up a shortbread biscuit using a pestle and mortar. Sprinkle it over the surface of your iced cake in clumps to create a sand effect.
Start a new ring of leaves within the first one. Repeat until you reach the middle of the circle then pipe a few tiny spikes of buttercream to finish, holding the piping bag straight.
Step back to admire your final result…
This cake may look too gorgeous to eat, but you’ll regret it if you don’t take a slice!
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