Birch Tree Cake

Birch Tree Cake Tutorial

Birch Tree Cake

As a 'tester' for a bride weighing wedding cake options...

I made a tiered birch tree cake not too long ago! I won’t lie, I was was intimidated a bit when I started. But it turned out to be a super easy process; and I’d absolutely do it again!

So I'm posting this Birch Tree Cake Tutorial as I learned a few lessons along the way – and wanted to pass them on to you here!

  • (Please note - you can decorate ANY cake size this way! 3 tiers not required! 😉 
  • If you do want to make a tiered cake and need a tutorial you can find instructions and tips at 'How to Make a Tiered Cake.' 

FAQS: 

"Does it matter what kind of cake or frosting I use?" 

  • Choice of cake is completely up to you!
    • A couple of my favorite recipes can be found here (vanilla) and here (chocolate).
      (I use 1.5x each recipe when making the 10" base tier, 1 recipe for the middle tier, and 1/2 a recipe for the top tier.) 
    • Whichever flavor you choose, make sure you crumb coat well and apply a second layer of frosting after your crumb coat has set in the fridge for about 10 minutes.
  • Choice of frosting is also up to you - though I recommend a butter-based frosting that comes out white.
    • My favorite vanilla cream cheese buttercream recipe is a great option if you’re looking for a frosting recipe! Don’t stress too much getting it perfectly smooth; birch trees are never smooth anyway!

Two more quick decorating notes - 

  • Though I liked the dark look of the gel food coloring, you can also color the 'birch tree lines' with melted chocolate. 
  • I left the top of the cake alone (per request), but SarahHardyMakes has a great tutorial on carving the top of the cake to look like a tree!)
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Birch Tree Cake Tutorial

Have you seen a 'birch tree' cake? Whether you want a single- or multi-tiered cake, all my tips are here in this Birch Tree Cake Tutorial!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time0 minutes
Decorating time30 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Birch Tree Cake, Birch Tree Cake Tutorial, Birch Tree Wedding Cake, DIY Wedding Cake, Rustic Birch Tree Cake
Servings: 48 (varies)
Calories: 782kcal
Author: Sarah H

Equipment

Ingredients

Instructions

Cake & Frosting

  • Choice of cake is completely up to you; a couple of my favorite recipes can be found here (vanilla) and here (chocolate).
  • My favorite vanilla cream cheese buttercream recipe is a great option if you’re looking for a frosting recipe!
  • Whichever flavor you choose, make sure you crumb coat well and apply a second layer of frosting after your crumb coat has set in the fridge for about 10 minutes.
  • Don’t stress too much getting it perfectly smooth; birch trees are never smooth anyway!

Creating the 'Birch Tree' texture

  • I find well-chilled cakes easiest to work with for this style – this keeps the buttercream from pulling and deforming too much as you add the lines!
  • Mix a couple of drops of brown gel food color with a couple tablespoons of vanilla extract (the alcohol helps the liquid evaporate more quickly).
  • Pour your color onto something you can dip your knife or offset spatula into – I found this easiest to do on a small plate.
  • This is the part where a turntable is particularly helpful! Turning your cake slowly, add a series of unevenly-spaced shorter and longer dashes with your spatula or knife. Make a few of them shallower and deeper for a more realistic texture. You can add ‘knots’ and larger dark spots as well! Continue texturing until you’re happy with the look of the cake!
  • If you’d like to carve a name or initials into the side of the cake, you can use your spatula and/or a small knife to carve the buttercream down to the cake layers – a bit of brown food color can darken the carving as well.
  • And you’re done! Congratulations on your amazing cake!

Video

Notes

(Nutrition information is for 1 slice of the pictured cake - 1/8th top tier, 1/16th middle tier, 1/24th base tier. Please note nutrition information is an estimate and may not be entirely accurate, and will vary with size / flavors / decorations chosen.) 

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 782kcal | Carbohydrates: 101g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 38g

Did you use this tutorial to make a  Birch Tree cake?

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