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This article was taken from our November 2019 Issue Buy this issue now

Vintage Tree Farm Truck Cake Tutorial – Renshaw Christmas Cake Competition Finalist

Becky Holman is an award-winning, self-taught cake artist and the owner of Bit of Whimsy Cakes in Richmond, KY. With a background in interior design and art, cake decorating came naturally as she learned to make cakes for her children. Over the past ten years, a hobby became a passion and a thriving business. Becky loves the artistry of cake design and enjoys using lots of colour and texture in her cakes.

Photography by Jenfolio Wedding and Portrait Photography

Instagram @whimsybaker

Equipment Required:

  • 2 sturdy cake boards, hot glued together
  • Shortening
  • Renshaw fondant: white, green
  • Modelling/sculpting tools
  • Petal dusts: dark green, light green, light blue, white
  • Paintbrushes
  • Rainbow Dust Paint Metallic: Pearlescent White, Metallic Dark Gold
  • Pinecone mould
  • Skewers
  • Madame Loulou White Smart Lace
  • Cake lace mat
  • Edible glue
  • Floral wire
  • Floral pins
  • Craft knife

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Cover the board in a thin coat of shortening.


Knead a small amount of white fondant and press on the board to create hills or mountains.


Roll out a large sheet of fondant and cover the board. Use tools or your hands to accentuate the hills.


Dip an angled brush in a small amount of light blue dust and gently drag across the sky area. Tap the brush on a paper towel to remove any excess. Sprinkle white dust on the sky area and rub into the fondant in a circular pattern to blend with the blue. Repeat until the entire sky is covered.


Dip a small round brush in dark green dust and create a tree line by dabbing small areas of colour in triangular shapes. Repeat with light green and white dusts.


Finish the snowy hills by dabbing on pearlescent white paint.

3D Trees - 7a.

Gently press green fondant in the mould to create pinecones.


After unmoulding, use a skewer or pointed tool to separate the layers and make it look more like a tree.


Use edible glue to adhere the trees to the board. Finish by adding a few dabs of dust to highlight the texture.

Fabric Bow - 8a.

Flip the cake lace mat over so you have a smooth surface. Evenly spread a thin amount of lace mixture across the mat about 6” long. Bake for 15 minutes at 170°F or air dry for 5-6 hours.


Use the craft knife to gently pull the fabric from the mat. Cut into two strips about 5” long and 1” wide. Paint one side of the fabric and let dry for approximately 15 minutes. Flip the fabric over, paint the backside and let dry.


Pinch the centre of one of the strips and fold over the ends to create a bow. Use edible glue to secure the ends.


Cut a small strip about 1” long and 0.5” wide. Glue around the centre of the bow.


Cut two strips about 2” long and 1” wide to create the tails of the bow. Cut a small triangle out of the bottom of each. Pinch the top ends together and secure with pieces of floral wire.


Use a floral pin to secure the tails to the front of the truck. Add a small amount of edible glue to the back of the bow and place on top of the floral pin. Use a small paintbrush to touch up any paint.