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Wine Barrel Cake

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Wine Barrel Cake

My dad turned 80 this year and there is something about that number that got me a little choked up.  This is definitely a milestone birthday that deserves a celebration.  My mom pulled off a fabulous dinner for friends and family and I brought the cake.


Dad and Mom-8/7/2013 on their 48th wedding anniversary

One of my dads hobbies is wine making so I fashioned the cake into a wine barrel.  What seemed like a fairly easy carving actually took a considerable amount of time in order to get the sides symmetrical.

Wine Barrel Cake

The wood grain effect came from an impression mat that I rolled over the fondant before placing it on the cake. The fondant was colored a light brown but I didn’t care for the flat, one-dimensional color so I used a couple of shades of brown food coloring to paint over the fondant.


I used silver food coloring to create the rings around the top, bottom, and middle of the barrel.  The grapes are made from buttercream using a 12D piping tip and the grape leaves are made from sugar paste.  I finished the look of the cake by covering the cake board in wood grain fondant.

Buttercream grapes


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Dahn Boquist

Dahn is a retired nurse, recipe creator, home cook, baker, and self-proclaimed foodie. She loves creating in the kitchen and cooking for family and friends. She lives in Washington State with her husband and dog. When she isn't cooking or baking, you can usually find her spending time with her grandchildren or exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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Saturday 29th of October 2016

How much would you sell this cake for?


Saturday 29th of October 2016

oh this is a time consuming cake design to make. I don't do it professionally and usually make cakes for family or charge a very nominal fee for friends to cover my cost but I imagine if this were to be purchased in a professional bakery it would be well over $10/slice

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