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Episode 6: Fruit Leather Decorations

Sarah Breckenridge; videography by Gary Junken and Cari Delahanty; edited by Cari Delahanty
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When you picture an elaborately decorated cake, you probably imagine it with fondant flowers or other shapes. But did you know you can actually make a gorgeous cake using something much more widely available-fruit leathers. In this video, I’ll show you how to make fruit leather decorations for a gorgeous, festive cake.

More Episodes in this Series
Episode 1: Leveling and Splitting Layer Cakes   Episode 2: Crumb Coat for Fondant Cakes   Episode 3: Buttercream Effects
Episode 1: Leveling and Splitting Layer Cakes
  Episode 2: Crumb Coat for Fondant Cakes   Episode 3: Buttercream Effects
Episode 4: Fondant-Coated Cake   Episode 5: Doweling and Stacking Multi-Tiered Cakes   Episode 6: Fruit Leather Decorations
Episode 4: Fondant-Coated Cake   Episode 5: Doweling and Stacking Multi-Tiered Cakes   Episode 6: Fruit Leather Decorations
Episode 1: Leveling and Splitting Layer Cakes   Back to Series Intro   Erin Gardner
Episode 7: Simple Fondant Shapes   Episode 8: Stamping   Back to Series Intro
Great Cake Decorating by Erin Gardner

These little fruit leather flowers, or “puffs,” are one of the simplest ways to make flowers for a cake. First, unroll your fruit leather and peel away its plastic backing. If there are words printed on the fruit leather, just wipe them away with a damp paper towel.

Cut out six circles with a round cookie cutter. You need at least six rounds to make a nice, full-looking puff.

Now pick up a circle with both hands, and using your thumbs and forefingers, pinch the sides of the circle together towards the center to create sort of a ruffled “x”. You don’t want to close the x entirely, keep the loops open. Turn the remaining five circles into ruffles the same way.

Now to form the puff, press two of the ruffles together at their points. If they aren’t sticking well, you can brush on a small amount of water. Continue to add more ruffles until you have a shape you like.

When you’ve finished the puff, set it on a piece of styrofoam and let it dry out for at least two hours but ideally overnight. You can use toothpicks to prop the puff into place if it wants to droop or lose its shape.

You can also use two different colors of fruit leather to make a garland for your cake. To do that, simply line up and press the two fruit leathers together, then use a ruler and a sharp knife to cut them into several strips of equal width.

Give the strips a gentle twist so you can see both colors equally. There’s no need to let the streamers dry out the way you did for the puffs.

If you’re working with a fondant-covered cake, you can attach the streamers with a dab of water, or piping gel (which is just very thick corn syrup). If your cake is simply frosted in buttercream you can stick the decorations right on the cake if the buttercream is still soft.

Now use the puffs to cover up where the streamers meet. They’re a little heavier so you’ll need a dab of buttercream to attach them to the cake.


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