If you are looking for decorations to add to your cake topper, consider using plastic trees in the scenery. Plastic trees come in different colours, shapes and styles, and are used for both birthday cakes and holiday cake decorating. Small plastic trees are found from cake decorating and craft stores, and also in the toy section of department stores. They bring a three dimensional element to any cake they are added to.
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Styles and Themes
Plastic trees that are used for cake decorating and cake toppers come in many different styles and themes. Decorate holiday and winter cakes with miniature Christmas trees, or a forest of snow topped fir trees. Look for palm trees for beach themed cakes and for summer parties. Small plastic fruit trees, like apples, are great as accents for farm cake toppers. Group trees in a forest or use as an independent backdrop for a small outdoor landscape. For cupcakes look for small plastic trees that can be stuck easily on the top of the frosting.
Plastic trees that are purchased from cake decorating companies will be made from materials that are food safe. Small trees are also available in the toy section of most department stores, found in bags with tiny soldiers or farm animals. For toys that are used as cake decorations make sure each tree is solid plastic, that has no moving parts or metal screws that will touch the frosting. If there are moving parts to the plastic trees, use a small base to keep frosting from interfering with the parts. Cut out a small cardboard disk and place it on top of the cake for use as a base for the toy scenery, which can protect the small trees and toys from each other.
Find the size for the plastic trees that is appropriate for the cake and all the other decorations on it. Use a scale that is similar for the other pieces because the plastic trees will look more realistic if the proportions of the pieces look natural. For small cakes or cupcakes with only trees on them, such as a single palm tree or a group of fir trees, keep the size down to prevent the cupcakes or single layer cake from toppling over from the weight or height of the plastic trees.
Plastic trees will have green colouring to them, with some having brown trunks or black trunks for a more realistic look to the landscaping. But for whimsical cakes look for brightly coloured or neon coloured trees, leaves and branches. These styles of trees go well with topsy turvy cakes, and fairyland scenes where a certain colour is the main focus. A farm scene should have natural looking coloured plastic trees on the cake, but a bright pink and purple imaginary landscape could incorporate pastel coloured trees and leaves for a fanciful scene.
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