How to Make Palm Trees for a Cake


Whether you live in a tropical climate, or just wish that you resided in a spot that has more temperate weather, one way to celebrate the surf and sand is to create a cake with an island theme. No tropical island inspired cake would be complete without a palm tree. Decorative and edible palm tree cake decorations can be created by a baker of almost any skill level in a single afternoon with tools available at many craft stores.

Things You'll Need

  • 10 ounces fondant
  • 1 tsp. gum paste
  • Green food coloring
  • 1 cup flour
  • Rolling pin
  • Leaf cookie cutter
  • Corn starch
  • 1 cup white royal icing
  • Wax paper
  • Pretzel rod
  • Combine 10 ounces fondant and 1 tsp. gum paste in a small bowl. The gum paste will help make the fondant more pliable.

  • Add two to three drops of green food coloring to the mixture. Stir in the food coloring and add more, if desired.

  • Sprinkle 1 cup of flour onto a flat surface. Roll out the fondant with a rolling pin until it is approximately 1/8 inch thick.

  • Cut out seven leaf shapes with a small to medium sized leaf cookie cutter.

  • Rub down the rolling pin until it is coated with corn starch. Carefully place each of the leaves onto the rolling pin. This will cause the leaf to take on a more natural, curved shape.

  • Allow the fondant to dry completely, which can take several hours.

  • Remove the leaves from the rolling pin.

  • Place two to three drops of green food coloring into 1 cup of white royal icing, which can be purchased at many grocery stores. The color of the icing should closely match the color of the leaves.

  • Lay out a piece of wax paper. Place a large dollop of the green royal icing into the center of the paper.

  • Arrange 4 of the leaves into an “X” shape around the dollop of green icing. The icing will act as a glue to keep the leaves attached to one another.

  • Place a dollop of the green icing into the center of the leaf formation that was just created.

  • Form a second layer of three leaves on top of the first. Allow the icing to dry. These leaves will act as the top of the palm tree.

  • Carefully turn the palm tree top over and carefully place the end of a pretzel rod into the center of the bottom of the tree top.

  • Secure the pretzel rod to the palm tree top with the green royal icing. Allow the royal icing to dry and decorate the cake with the palm tree.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make three or four extra palm tree leaves in case any of the others crack or break.

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