Orange Crate Cake
by Corrie Bryant
This crate cake was made for a man who was a citrus industry great, when the citrus industry was booming in Central Florida in the 1950's and 60's. He turned 93! This was such a fun and exciting cake to make.
To make the cake itself, I used the Wilton Butter cake recipe. You can find it on the Wilton website. I used two, 2 inch, 9 x 13 pans for the base. I used the Wilton small sports ball pans for the oranges.
I have my own secret butter cream icing recipe, that I used for a crumb coat under the fondant and for the oranges. I used brown butter cream for the base under the fondant and orange of course for the oranges.
I used a home made marshmallow fondant for the wood siding and the small blueberries and the orange leaves.
For the wood siding, I colored my fondant a dark tan color. With a tooth pick I made lines in the fondant after it has hardened a bit to look like wood.
Once you have scored the lines, use cocoa powder mixed with water and brush over the lines to make it look like real wood. Cut the fondant to fit around the exterior of the cake.
It is easier and cleaner to arrange your oranges on top first and then put on the wood siding. Simply make small marble sized balls with blue fondant for the berries and drop them between the oranges.
Put what ever type of lettering for which ever occasion you choose. My lettering is made of fondant as well, colored with a dark brown.