Lumberjack cake

How To Make A Lumberjack Cake With Buffalo Plaid Cake Inside And A Gravity Defying Chocolate Axe On Top!

The lumberjack cake is probably my favorite cake of all time. What happened to be a random experiment to see if I could make a buffalo plaid pattern inside a cake became a viral sensation! Three years later, it’s still my most popular tutorial and now you can learn how to make it for free!

lumberjack cake

This tutorial is an updated version because I felt like I could improve upon the original design but you can watch the original lumberjack cake tutorial for free too!

lumberjack cake tutorial

If I HAD known this cake was going to go viral, I definitely would have taken the time to finish my board *cringes). My video quality at the time was a GoPro and some of the techniques where a little fussy. Since then, I have made dozens of lumberjack cakes and have streamlined the process to what I feel is a pretty simple and fun cake to make. I also have three new recipes for you that I like to call the “Sculpted cake recipes series” which are cakes that still have a lot of great flavor but are a little bit sturdier for using in carved cakes like this one. My original cake tutorial used box mix which is really tender and breaks pretty easily.

lumberjack cake

Since then, this cake has been made and re-made by some huge pages including tastemade which used to bother me but now I just know it’s part of this business. But the thing that REALLY get’s me is that the plaid is never true plaid in any of these other videos. It’s my inner OCD going nuts.

Check out these “not buffalo plaid” cakes

To create the plaid texture in this cake, you have to make two 10″ red velvet cakes for carving, two 8″ chocolate cakes for carving and two 10″ yellow cakes for carving (dyed red). You will have a little cake leftover after stacking. I HATE wasting cake so I added some roots to the design that uses up the excess cake and I think gives it a fun tree stump look. You can see the layer of yummy cake clay around the outside edge which tastes a lot like fudge! Yum!

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Now that’s some real buffalo plaid 😀

So after much discussion with my husband, we have decided to not only release the original lumberjack tutorial to be a free video, we have also made a NEW updated version with a different style of bark texture that I think is a lot more realistic, simpler way of making the edible axe using my modeling chocolate recipe and even a simpler way of making the wood rings on top using buttercream instead of fondant. You can use the old bark texture if you like or the new one depending on how much you enjoy working with fire haha.

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The new bark texture is created using my LMF fondant recipe and my crackled fondant technique with the addition of some granulated sugar for extra crunchy texture. I get asked a lot of the fondant has a “burnt” taste because of the torching and the answer is no. We’re only caramelizing the sugar like you would a s’more since the fondant is made mostly of marshmallows. The crunchy outer layer of sugar combined with the marshmallow fondant and the ganache underneath results in a cake that tastes literally like campfire marshmallows. How freaking lumberjack is that??

I hope you enjoy this new version of the lumberjack cake and a HUGE thank you to all the support over the years that I have received from fellow cake decorators, friends, family and straight up strangers who always tag me in their lumberjack cake creations, shared my tutorial and just overall kept me from becoming horribly bitter lol. I’m happy to release this tutorial into the wild 😀

Read more about the original lumberjack tutorial below

Originally published December 10, 2015

It’s here, my lumberjack cake! Ohhhh I’m a lumberjack and I’m ok

Seriously though, I might not be okay. I have a slight addiction. Well, slight would be an understatement really. Is there a word for a plaid obsession? I think it’s taking over my life!

Plaid themed Christmas cards. I get bonus points for getting the dog and the baby to look at the camera.

lumberjack christmas card

My hubs might very well be a lumberjack… oh my. I mean he DID technically chop down that Christmas tree. That counts right??

my husband as a lumberjack

What is a lumberjack cake?

A lumberjack cake could be many things, if you search pinterest you’ll find a whole plethora of lumberjack cake versions ranging from cute stacks of pancakes to beards, bears and suspenders. My version of the lumberjack cake was actually a very quick experiment that I didn’t really think anyone would think was that interesting.

I kept seeing plaid everywhere and I couldn’t help but think… could you make a cake plaid on the inside?

 

plaid lumberjack cake on instagram
*This photo has been shared over a million times on social media in less than 48 hours! Crazy! People love lumberjacks LOL

It’s all About the Plaid Cake

Maybe it’s because I’m an Oregonian.
Maybe because it’s the hottest trend on Pinterest right now.
It could be because I have a crush on #FashionSanta and I know his favorite color is plaid.
Or maybe it’s because I’m a child of the 90’s and if I start wearing mauve lipstick and JNCO jeans, someone please send help.

When hubs chopped down that Christmas tree all lumberjack like, my obsession with plaid became clear. I’m in love with lumberjacks. It makes sense: I love trees, I love beards, and I love plaid.

This lumberjack cake is a culmination of almost all my obsessions. If I could have worked in a mermaid I would have.

Lumberjack Cakes with Plaid Inside: It Needed to Happen

The latest tutorial coming to the Sugar Geek Show! Chocolate-y log with edible axe and a BIG OL’ SLICE of lumberjack cake awesomeness in the middle! That’s right, plaid cake. (you may faint now)

I would like to say this pattern was super simple to make but well… let’s just say a lot of cake and a lot of scribbled notes ended up in the trash. Damn you maths! Why must you confuse me so?!

plaid lumberjack cake on sugar geek show

Ever measured a piece of cake with a ruler and a compass? Neither have I… Only crazy obsessed weirdos would go to such extremes to perfect the perfect plaid cake masterpiece!

lumberjack cake tutorial

Lumberjack Cake Bark

I know that plaid is kind of the show-stopper but f’real, this tutorial is the real deal. I got all kinds of cool stuff packed in here: airbrushing, modeling chocolate, fondant, hand-detailing and of course, crazy realistic textures! It’s kinda my thing. This chocolate bark on the outside of the lumberjack cake is one of the easiest and most realistic textures I have made, not to mention tasty!

Yes, that’s edible. I know you where thinking it and It’s ok.

how to make an edible axe

Is there a magical plaid pattern cake pan?

Be aware, there are many copycats out there who claim to have the right pans or easy ways of making this plaid pattern but I dunno about you but random squares of colors on the inside of a cake does not make plaid. Trust me, it took way too many brain hours to figure out exactly how to make this plaid pattern work so that when you cut into it, it really would be plaid!

There are cake pans out there made for making a checkerboard pattern on the inside of cakes but these may not work the way you want for making a true plaid pattern. The reason is there aren’t enough rings to make the full pattern.

How to make a lumberjack cake

First you’ll want to bake up your cakes. You’ll need two 10″ red velvet cakes, two 10″ Bright red cakes and two 8″ chocolate cakes (recipes below). You only need your layers to be an 1″ tall so I fill my 2″ tall cake pans with batter about half way then trim after baking. I prefer these recipes because they hold their shape when you carve. After baking I wrap them in plastic wrap and chill them in the fridge overnight before carving.

lumberjack cake

  • After you bake your cakes, you’ll want to make your ganache and your marshmallow fondant (LMF) or you can use any brand of fondant you prefer. I like to make my own so that I can color it a nice dark brown. I use the same technique as I do in my black fondant tutorial but use brown food coloring instead of black.
  • You’ll need an 8″, 6″, 4″ and 2″ round template. I used a mixture of cake boards, pans and cutters that I just had handy. Cut out your circles with a utility knife, making sure you cut straight down so your cake layers have straight sides. You’ll need two sets of red velvet/chocolate cake and two sets of bright red/red velvet cake. Make sure you glue your layers together with ganache or they will fall apart when you cut into them. Buttercream doesn’t seem to hold as well as ganache.
  • Stack your layers starting with the red velvet/chocolate layer on top of a 14″ cake board. I like the boards from cake boards avare because you can clean the surface as you work. More ganache in between then give it all a good crumb coat and put it in to the fridge to firm up. While it’s chilling, go ahead and make your modeling chocolate axe.

How to make a modeling chocolate axe

First you’ll want to make your modeling chocolate. I made a batch of ivory and a batch of dark brown. For the support, I’m using 1/8″ armature wire which you can buy in our shop. This is the same wire sculptors use for making clay sculptures so it’s flexible but strong. You’ll also want some aluminum foil tape to cover the wire and make it food safe. I buy mine from home depot but you can also get it online. Some silver dust to paint the chocolate works great too.

lumberjack cake axe

  • First roll out your brown modeling chocolate into a wedge. Cut into an axe shape.Cover the wire in aluminum foil tape. Bend your wire so that it has a long part that comes out to form the handle and the other part goes through the front edge of the blade. This is where the wire is going to come out and then go into the cake to make it look like it’s stuck in the cake.
  • Cover the other side of the wire with a thin layer of modeling chocolate and cut off the excess. Take your ivory and leftover brown modeling chocolate and marble. Roll into a snake and then cut a line down the center. Place the wire in the cut then fold the modeling chocolate round the wire and smooth the seam. Place into the fridge to chill until firm.

lumberjack cake axe How to make the tree stump look

After the cake is chilled, I make the tree rings on top using some easy buttercream colored ivory and brown. I used two separate piping bags and pipe alternating rings on top until I reach the edge. Then I smooth out the top with an offset spatula.

For the roots, I take the leftover red and chocolate cake that we didn’t use for the plaid inside and crumble it up with some ganache to make cake clay. I form that into the roots and attach to the sides of the cake. Back into the fridge to chill

lumberjack cake How to make the lumberjack cake bark texture

Originally I made the bark texture by placing ganache onto some crumpled tinfoil that is sprayed with vegetable oil and then wrap it onto the cake, freeze and pull off the foil but I decided to try out a new technique using my crackled fondant tutorial for a more realistic bark texture.

  • First I roll out my brown fondant into a piece that is almost as tall as my cake and about 25″ long and 1/2″ thick. I torch the surface with my blow torch then add some granulated sugar and torch that. I let the whole thing cool.
  • Then I paint the surface of the fondant with some white food coloring and then some ivory to give is some variation. Let it cool fully. Cover the top of the fondant with some plastic wrap and roll it up.

lumberjack cake bark

  • Spray your ganache with some water to make it sticky and then wrap your fondant around the cake. Lifting the fondant to make it “crack. If  you get a rip or tear don’t worry, it’s bark! You can’t mess it up. Just fix any holes and push it into place. Trim off the excess around the roots and at the top.

lumberjack cake bark

Finishing the lumberjack cake

The only thing left to do is place the axe! If you’re delivering this cake or traveling, don’t put the axe in the cake until you arrive. *tip: the more the handle is straight up and down, the more balanced it will be and be less prone to tipping over.

lumberjack cake

That’s it! I hope you guys enjoyed this free lumberjack cake tutorial. If you make this cake, I’d love to see your version in the comments. Let me know what you think of it and if you have any issues, you can always ask me there.

Thanks guys!

xoxo- Liz

Watch the lumberjack cake tutorial at the bottom of the recipe!

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lumberjack cake

Lumberjack Cake Tutorial

Learn how to make this amazingly awesome lumberjack cake from Liz Marek of the Sugar Geek Show. Liz is the original creator of the Lumberjack cake. She shows us how to make the perfect buffalo plaid cake pattern inside, buttercream rings, gravity defying modeling chocolate axe and bark texture!
5 from 27 votes
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Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Decorating time: 1 hr
Total Time: 1 hr
Serves: 1 10" cake
Calories: 24877kcal

Ingredients

Bright Red Cake Layers

  • 12 oz unsalted butter room temperature
  • 19 oz sugar
  • 6 large eggs room temperature
  • 19 oz all purpose flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 12 oz milk
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 oz vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp yellow food coloring
  • 1 Tbsp red food coloring

Red Velvet Cake Layers

  • 9 oz unsalted butter room temperature
  • 22 oz sugar
  • 22 oz All purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 5 large eggs room temperature
  • 20 oz buttermilk room temperature
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 3 oz vegetable oil
  • 2 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp yellow food coloring
  • 2 Tbsp super red food coloring

Chocolate Cake Layers

  • 8 oz unsalted butter room temperature
  • 14 oz sugar
  • 15 oz All purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 4 oz dutched cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs room temperature
  • 16 oz water or strong coffee room temperature
  • 2 oz vegetable oil

Chocolate Ganache

  • 16 oz semi sweet chocolate
  • 8 oz heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Instructions

  • Heat oven to 335º F/168º C.
  • NOTE: It is SUPER IMPORTANT that all the room temperature ingredients listed above are room temperature and not cold so that the ingredients mix and incorporate correctly. 

Bright Red Cake Instructions

  • Add butter to stand mixer and beat at medium-high speed until smooth and shiny, about 30 seconds. Gradually sprinkle in the sugar, beat until mixture is fluffy and almost white, about 3-5 minutes.
  • Add eggs one at a time, fully combining each egg before adding the next. Add in your yellow and red food color and combine until color is evenly mixed through. 
  • Combine dry ingredients and whisk together. Set aside
    Combine wet ingredients and set aside
  • With the mixer at the lowest speed, add about a third of the dry ingredients to the batter, followed immediately by about a third of the milk mixture, mix until ingredients are almost incorporated into the batter. Repeat the process 2 more times. When the batter appears blended, stop the mixer and scrape the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula.
  • Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans. Smooth the tops with a rubber spatula. Bake cakes until they feel firm in the center and a toothpick comes out clean or with just a few crumbs on it, about 35-40 minutes. Chill cakes until firm before torting. 

Red Velvet Cake Instructions

  • Add butter to stand mixer and beat at medium-high speed until smooth and shiny, about 30 seconds. Gradually sprinkle in the sugar, beat until mixture is fluffy and almost white, about 3-5 minutes. 
  • Add eggs one at a time, fully combining each egg before adding the next.
    Add in your food coloring to the egg/butter/sugar mixture
    Mix dry ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk to combine and set aside
    Combine wet ingredients and set aside
  • With the mixer at the lowest speed, add about a third of the dry ingredients to the batter, followed immediately by about a third of the milk mixture, mix until ingredients are almost incorporated into the batter. Repeat the process 2 more times. When the batter appears blended, stop the mixer and scrape the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Bake for 30-40 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Wrap and chill until firm before torting. 

Chocolate Cake Instructions

  • Add dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cocoa powder) together in a bowl, whisk to combine and set aside
  • Combine wet ingredients in a bowl and set aside
  • Add butter to stand mixer and beat at medium-high speed until smooth and shiny, about 30 seconds. Gradually sprinkle in the sugar, beat until mixture is fluffy and almost white, about 3-5 minutes. 
  • Add eggs one at a time, fully combining each egg before adding the next. 
  • With the mixer at the lowest speed, add about a third of the dry ingredients to the batter, followed immediately by about a third of the water mixture, mix until ingredients are almost incorporated into the batter. Repeat the process 2 more times. When the batter appears blended, stop the mixer and scrape the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula.
  • Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans. Smooth the tops with a rubber spatula. Bake cakes until they feel firm in the center and a toothpick comes out clean or with just a few crumbs on it, about 35-40 minutes. Wrap and chill until firm before torting

Chocolate Ganache

  • Heat your cream to a simmer and pour over your chocolate. Let set 5 minutes and then whisk until smooth. If you have some unmelted chocolate, you can heat further in the microwave or over a bane marie until fully melted. Let mixture cool at room temperature until ganache is at the consistency of peanut butter. 

Notes

Watch the full tutorial on how to construct this lumberjack cake!

Nutrition

Calories: 24877kcal (1244%) | Carbohydrates: 3154g (1051%) | Protein: 351g (702%) | Fat: 1257g (1934%) | Saturated Fat: 789g (3945%) | Cholesterol: 4991mg (1664%) | Sodium: 16000mg (667%) | Potassium: 11135mg (318%) | Fiber: 122g (488%) | Sugar: 1781g (1979%) | Vitamin A: 29640IU (593%) | Vitamin C: 1.3mg (2%) | Calcium: 3474mg (347%) | Iron: 136mg (756%)

 

The lumberjack cake is probably my favorite cake of all time. What happened to be a random experiment to see if I could make a buffalo plaid pattern inside a cake became a viral sensation! Three years later, it's still my most popular tutorial and now you can learn how to make it for free!

71 comments on “Lumberjack cake

  1. I love this cake, and appreciate that it is an actual plaid pattern on the inside. I appreciate you making the tutorial free. My daughter is having a red and black plaid themed 17th birthday party this fall, and I intend to attempt your wonderful creation with the original ganache bark. Is it possible to make this a day before an occasion, and if so, how and where should it be stored overnight? I have read a lot of reviews, but I haven’t seen much about storage once the cake is complete. Retaining the cakes appearance is important to me, so I want to do this right. Thank you.

  2. 5 stars
    Made this cake and it was a hit! Thanks for the tutorial (mine was definitely not as clean looking as yours but people were still impressed ?)

  3. Hi There, Can I use your mayo chocolate cake recipe for this? Would that be sturdy enough ?

    Thanks!

  4. Can I please ask what brand of colours did you use?

    Thanks!

  5. I can’t find the bright red color for the cake. Is Christmas red comparable or not???

  6. 5 stars
    Looks amazing!! I can’t wait to try it, thank you for sharing your tutorial!

  7. 5 stars
    Your tutorials never cease to amaze! You are an incredible artist! I want to attempt to make this cake for my cousin and I just wanted to know if it would be ok to substitute the ganache with buttercream. I’ve never had much luck at making ganache and feel more comfortable with making buttercream.

  8. I am wanting to make this pattern in a smash cake size only. How would suggest the sizes for that and cake mixes???

  9. 5 stars
    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I took your tutorial of the lumberjack cake & I did! Big years and compliments. Amazing!

  10. 5 stars
    Est ce que le gateau une fois fait peut etre congelé

  11. I am looking at baking this for Christmas, however members of the family do not like chocolate ?
    What do you suggest for the cake color/flavor considering the chocolate helps the color more than white cake?

      1. Thank you!! I am thinking they will have to tough it out haha. Unfortunately, I married a man who dislikes the things \I love (chocolate, avocados, and tacos)!
        I am so excited to make this. Thank you

  12. Why do you have everything listed in ounces? Gosh, I’m going to have to transcribe it all. However, in excited to make this.

    1. If you try to convert to cups you’ll have a bad time making this recipe. We only use weight in the recipes posted on this site for accuracy and to insure you don’t waste expensive ingredients. Cheap kitchen scales can be found at the same place you buy a measuring cup and will be a huge benefit to you in the kitchen ?

  13. 5 stars
    I’m making this tonight, and I’m wondering how sturdy the one single wire is to hold the axe in the cake. I am worried about transporting it! Does it seem to stay up well?

  14. I can only find Wilton icing coloring gel. Will that work? And same quantity?

  15. 5 stars
    This is amazing and I can’t wait to try it. I love the look of the original with chocolate bark, but when I try to click the link (that says it’s free); I get to a members page.

    Is the original bark tutorial available to see? Thank you!

  16. 5 stars
    Thank you a bazillion times over for your tutorials on this lumberjack cake! I made it for a baby shower and it was a HUGE hit! I have never made a cake of this magnitude so it took me a lot longer to make it. lol. I had to make a ton more ganache because I’ve never worked with it before haha. You have inspired me to get out of my comfort zone! My next baby shower is in only 2 weeks! I’m making a pillow cake for the Royal Prince theme. I won’t wait till the day before to start the cake! Hahaha. Thanks again!!!

  17. I am making this cake for a baby shower but am only doing the plaid inside and then a simple white frosting on the outside…how well will the cake freeze with the ganache? I was thinking i would freeze it and then frost the morning of the shower. Thoughts?

    1. A cake should not be frozen solid. Think about a cold glass of water on a hot day and how much water condensates on the outside. Thats what happens to a frozen cake. Just place the cake into the fridge to keep it chilled.

  18. Could I just use regular aluminum foil to cover the wire? Having a hard time finding the tape locally and I don’t have time to order it online.

    1. Not sure where you are located but they sell it in the air conditioning department at hardware stores. If you use aluminum foil it’s not going to stick to the wire. It will just fall off.

  19. Can you make the axe with fondant, or rice krispies and fondant, or will that ne too heavy? Or is the modeling chocolate just all around better?

    1. RKT have a hard time holding onto wire, same with fondant. You could use fondant but you might find it difficult to create the same look (sharp edges)

  20. I followed your guidelines. Definitely a challenging and fun cake. I think I didn’t get the right wire and perhaps made the axe too big. But my friends are impressed. I tweaked it just a little to make it look more like a maple tree.

    Thank you!

  21. 5 stars
    At my job, we have a non-profit community woodshop. One of my colleagues who was at the shop and is a fabulous woodworker left to go to a job in another city, so what else could I do but finally make attempt at this cake! It turned out amazingly well! I ended up doing just chocolate bark (thinly spread chocolate on parchment, covered with another parchment and rolled then cooled in the fridge and unrolled to make the bark).

    The effect of the plaid was amazing, my red cake was not as red as yours – had a more orange tinge, but likely my colour was off, still looked AMAZING. I ‘carved’ into the top of the cake with a straightedge and added a few gouges to make it look like cracks in the wood, I used a paint brush and brown gel colour to put some depth in the carved area and in the gouges and it turned out amazing.

  22. Question: I am allergic to coffee and will have to opt for the water in the chocolate cake. I am guessing the strong coffee is what gives the chocolate cake such a dark color. Do you have any suggestions for an alternative to help give it the black coloring besides black gel?

  23. 5 stars
    This is a great recipe. My dad who requested the cake hates chocolate, so i swapped the chocolate cake out for vanilla and did blue and white colors instead of black and red for the plaid. I also swapped rice krispie treats for modeling chocolate, it turned out great! Thanks for the great recipe. 🙂

  24. This looks fantastic! Do I have to double everything? The serving size says 1 10″ cake. And does that also apply to the 8″ cakes?

    1. The design is for a 10″ round cake to get the plaid look inside. If you want to do an 8″ then you’d have to just do less rings. I hope that makes sense

  25. Good morning, I wanted to double check the oven temp is 335°? I’ve never baked a cake at that temp before I guess and started to question myself. I can’t wait to complete this cake! I used to bake for family and friends but my MS worsened. I’m in remission now, feeling good and happy to find your cake recipe to make. Thank you

  26. Hey, getting ready to make this for Christmas. Where are the recipes for the icing on top of the cake, please? Thank you!!

  27. 5 stars
    Hello. This cake is simply stunning!

    Is there a way to cheat by using cake mixes? It would really boost my confidence as someone who has never made a cake from anything else than a mix. Would using the standard directions on a mix cake work or do they have to be altered? (besides of course the food coloring to get them the right colors).

    Thank you,

    Frank

    1. You can definitely use cake mix, I did the first time. Just make sure you replace the oil with butter and chill the cakes so that they are easier to handle. They will be delicate

  28. Hello, I’m also planning on using cake mixes to save time. How do I know the ratio of oil to butter? Is it 1:1 so 1/2 c of oil = 1/2 c. of butter? Thanks

  29. 5 stars
    Looks so awesome. My husband and I plan on renewing our vows in June, 27 years 🙂 I would love to know if this can be done in blue plaid. My husband was a logger for over 20 years and always wore a blue flannel. Also my hands don’t really want to cooperate anymore lol. Is there some where I could buy this cake?

  30. Awesome tutorial. Very excited to try this. Thank you so much for sharing and any help. Would it work the same if I used 12″?

    Thank you, Donna

  31. Do these recipes for the cakes make (2) 1″ cakes, or do I have make these recipes twice?

  32. 5 stars
    Hi Liz! I’ve made a practice run because I’m making this for my daughter’s baby shower. It turned out great and now I’m gearing up for the big day. I noticed in one video you’re putting ganache in between each ring, but in the cake mix tutorial you only put it between layers. So which is best? And, if I do the ganache bark, do I cool it overnight to be the correct thickness? That’s the only thing that didn’t work well on the trial run. Thank you SO much! I’m learning so much from my membership and your tutorials are amazing!

    1. Yes I put ganache in between each ring to make sure they didnt come apart during slicing. I let the ganache cool at room temp to the peanut butter consistency then put it on the foil and then froze the cake an hour or so before removing the foil.

  33. 5 stars
    Well, we did this as a pandemic lockdown birthday challenge and it was unbelievably fun. It’s a first in many ways for us, but we were thrilled with the result, despite the unsound attempt to move the cake with the axe already in place (thus the need to do massive repairs to the axe). We also learned lots about the balance points and how the centre of the cake softens up when repeatedly stabbed to reposition the axe. But in the end, the result was spectacular. Oh what to do next year!!!!

  34. 5 stars
    Made this cake for a friend’s birthday. Many steps, but the tutorial recipes, instructions, and accompanying photos and videos made it doable. And the recipes for buttercream and fondant were amazing. And the axe, that was just cool. Thank you for sharing!

  35. 5 stars
    What are the exact food colors you used? Looking forward to attempting to recreate this! I saw in another comment that you use Americolor but shopping for these colors, there are so many different reds to choose from

  36. I’m looking to make this for my sons birthday that lands on a Saturday, but I need to make the cakes earlier in the week. Can I wrap them and freeze them for 4 days prior?

  37. 5 stars
    Although this cake took a lot of work, it was definitely worth it, and I would make it again if I got the opportunity. Fantastic tutorial, and show-stopping inside. Thank you for putting in the brain power to figure out how to make a true buffalo plaid inside!

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