March 17, 2017
I am so excited about today’s tutorial! I have seen succulent cupcakes and cakes all around Pinterest and I wanted to give it a go but put my own little spin on it. I spend an abnormal amount of time at the garden centers around where I live. I am trying so so hard to recover from being a plant serial killer seriously send help. But anyway, I have seen all of these layered terrariums with different textures of dirt, rocks and moss and I thought I could get the same look and make it edible! I was so nervous that the piped succulents would be an absolute flop! It took a couple of tries to get the succulents to look how I wanted them to, but they ended up looking so cute! I am obsessed with them! I also have been having so much fun making Youtube videos for all of my tutorials! Make sure to check out the tutorial to this video so you can see the technique of piping the succulents! I would also love it if you Subscribed to my Youtube Channel so that you don’t miss any of my videos!
Layered Terrarium Ingredients:
-Coarsely Crushed Oreos
-Small Mason Jars
-A Baked Cake Mix Cake
Pipe a dollop of chocolate frosting into the middle of the bottom of each jar. Pour a layer of chocolate rocks into the jars. I found these chocolate rocks in the bulk section of my grocery store. There were some other colors mixed into these rocks like bright red and yellow. I chose to pick those colors out to make it look like a more realistic terrarium, I have never seen a bright red rock in my neck of the woods! Pipe some more frosting into the middle of the chocolate rocks. You are adding the frosting in the middle to make this less dry to eat, but make sure you are keeping it in the middle and you cannot see it on the outside of the jar. On top of that crumble up some of the baked cake. Layer more chocolate frosting, then add some crumbled up shredded wheat. Add a little more frosting and top it off with some coarsely crushed Oreos and a little bit of the crumbled cake. Smooth some frosting over the top then place them in the fridge while you are making the buttercream succulents.
Buttercream Succulent Ingredients:
-1 cup softened butter
-1/4 cup milk
-1 TBS vanilla extract
– Approx. 4 cups powdered sugar
-Gel food coloring (I used Wilton’s Juniper Green, Creamy Peach, Leaf Green, Violet and Sky Blue)
Cream softened butter then add vanilla and slowly add powdered sugar. Add milk until you get the consistency that you want. It should be pretty thick so that the buttercream succulents will stay put together. Divide your frosting out into five different bowls to make 5 different buttercream colors. For the dark green I used Juniper Green. The very light green I used Juniper Green again, but a really small amount. To make the pink color I used Creamy Peach and a tiny bit of Juniper Green. For the light purple color I used Violet and a speck of Juniper Green again. Lastly I made a bluish green color with Sky Blue and Juniper Green. Transfer all of the buttercream colors to piping bags. I decided to also add a coupler to the bags so that I could switch out the tips and make different types of succulents with the same color easily.
For piping the succulents watch the video at the end of this post. It is much easier to understand if you see it in action.
Buttercream Succulent Terrarium Decorations:
-Finely Crushed Oreos
-Crushed Graham Crackers
-Parchment Paper (cut into 2×2 squares)
-A Flower Nail
-Purple Luster Dust
-Piping Tips (I used Wilton’s #199,
Take the jars out of the fridge and cover the top with crushed graham cracker or finely crushed Oreos for a different look. Next you will pipe your succulents and let them harden in the fridge. For piping the succulents watch the video. It is much easier to understand if you see it in action.
For the long hanging succulents, cut some gummy worms in half and push them into the top of the jar. Then using a #3 tip pipe green dots to cover the gummy worms. Take the rest of the succulents out of the fridge and arrange them onto your jar. Add a couple of chocolate rocks to fill in the gaps. Taking a baking brush I added some purple luster dust to the succulents for some added dimension.
For decoration I tied a piece of twine to the outside!
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