Lumberjack theme Tree Stump cake

Lumberjack theme tree stump cake jellybeantrail Dawn Garnette

What do you do on Valentine's Day when all the mushy, goopy, lovey dovey cupid arrows are not quite your thing?

You hold a Lumberjack Axe Throwing party.

That is exactly what Nicole over at Cole's Concepts did. My part was to come up with a cake that looked like a tree stump with an "old school" heart engraved on  top. Here's what happened.

Using three - six inch cakes, I stacked them and filled them with buttercream. After a crumb coat and a chill I added a few root shaped nubs made out of fondant and then gave it a another thin layer of buttercream.

I made a wood grain top by cutting out a six inch diametre circle of fondant and using the Wilton shell tool made lines resembling wood grain. I then made a mixture of vanilla and brown food colouring  to add detail to the grooves. I used an edible marker to write the "NG + DA" and the heart outline. Using a Wilton tool I pressed down over the design to make it look carved. I then went over it with a mixture of vanilla, brown and black food colouring and a tiny brush.

After placing the top piece on I rolled out and cut a brown piece of fondant to fit around the cake, approximately 18 x 6 inches. I normally drape the fondant over the cake and smooth it down but this called for a different approach. This time, I rolled the fondant up over my roller and placed it around the cake, meeting the sides of the fondant with the top piece. I just added a little water to help them fuse.

Once the fondant was secure and I was 95% sure it wasn't all going to come crashing down (come on now, I'm never 100%, there's always a nagging scary thought lurking back just never know, lol) I added a wood grain look to the fondant using a ball tool and the shell tool.

In the end, I think it all worked out pretty well. Her party was a success, my cake stayed standing