Wine Bottle and Crate Cake Tutorial
A wine bottle and crate cake can be a fun gift for a man or woman. Very sophisticated and elegant yet very similar to the real thing. This tutorial show you how easy and achievable it is to create this cake from start to finish.
I made this wine bottle and crate cake last year in summer. Everybody LOVED it and yet I hated how my work turned out.
It would have been a perfect cake if not for the weather. The temperature was so hot – I was melting!! My fondant panels became soft – after all that hard work of placing them in the fridge so they would be perfect! The weather just would keep them straight. Ah!! You know how heart broken you can get when you work so hard to get things perfect ? and then you have no control over things like weather.
Well, I planned to make a tutorial for you because I was so confident about this cake. I took the video but of course later changed my mind about sharing the tutorial. It’s a been a year now since I made the video but I thought well … the tutorial itself is not bad. Just the panels got soft because of the heat. I’m sure it’s still worth learning from.
So finally I decided to put the clips together and share this Wine Bottle and Crate Cake Tutorial.
Video – Wine Bottle and Crate Cake (You Tube Video Below)
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Cake and Frosting
- Cakes – I baked two sheet cakes (11 x 15 cm) Simple Moist Chocolate Cake Recipe. If you are new to cake decorating I’d say use my Chocolate Cake perfect for carving instead.
- One sheet cake makes the wine bottle and the second makes the crate. The recipe I used was soft so I had to use sufficient frosting to make a proper box shape.
- For the frosting I used Chocolate Ganache. With the weather this hot I prefer to use mostly ganache. However, I did fill the box with my Velvet American Buttercream
- Sugar Paste/ Fondant – I have used both my Marshmallow Fondant recipes for this cake. The box is made with my Best Homemade Marshmallow Fondant Recipe, you can see it was still quite sticky when I added the ivory color to half. I keep it soft so it won’t dry out too fast in this hot weather.
For the bottle I used my Chocolate Marshmallow Fondant but dyed it black.
I used a cookie cutter the same size of a real wine bottle about 3 inch for most of the bottle. I’d prefer to use rice krispy treats for the next but the lady who ordered the cake preferred only cake so.. all I did was just use cake and a bit of modeling chocolate below the next as support.
The wine bottle label is an edible image. First I went on google and typed wine bottle label templates. I picked one that was not copyrighted so I wouldn’t violate any rules. Then I saved and edited that on power point. You can use word document too. Just fill in the name and details.
I kept actual wine bottle size for the label so it would be the right size. So what ever you do make sure the guys who print it do not change the size. Unless of course you making a larger or smaller bottle.
- For the side panel texture I used a wood grain texture mat.
- I colored half my fondant in Ivory before I marbled it.
- I cut the panels out and placed them in the fridge so they would be cold when I add them to the cake. Chilling fondant makes it firm and easier to handle.
- I attached my fondant panels with more ganache (water works too)
- I then painted the panels with ivory and vodka – wiping off any excess moisture.
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The Cake board
I think you going to love how the cake board turned out. I showed you how to create this wood effect from start to finish. Try not to think so much when working on the board. It’s not about trying to be perfect but rather about adding in some imperfections that makes the realism complete.
Grapes and leaves.
As you can see in the video – the grapes, leaves and wines are pretty simple and easy. The final dusting gives a great impact and adds to the full effect.