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Buttercream Fall Wreath Cake

This Buttercream Fall Wreath Cake is packed with delicious fall flavors and pretty colors. From pumpkin spice sponge cake to delicious maple buttercream. Adorned with beautiful piped buttercream pumpkins, flowers and leaves. And now I’ll show you how to make it.

Buttercream decorated cake with buttercream wreath decorations displayed on a cake stand.

HOW TO MAKE BUTTERCREAM FALL WREATH CAKE

Cut cake displayed on a cutting board.

PUMPKIN SPONGE CAKE

I baked 3 – 6 inch Pumpkin Sponge Cakes. I let the cakes cool completely before filling and decorating. Cakes can also be frozen for up to 3 months.

3 baked cakes on a wooden board.

FILL AND FROST THE CAKE

To fill and frost the cake I used Swiss Meringue Buttercream flavored with Maple Flavoring. This buttercream is easy to work with and it pipes beautifully onto the cakes and cupcakes.

Fill the with maple buttercream and crumb coat it. Chill for an hour.

Cutting a cake in half and filling it with buttercream.

Then frost the outside of the cake. Smooth buttercream with a spatula or a bench scrapper.

Filling a and frosting a cake with buttercream.

WATERCOLOR  BUTTERCREAM EFFECT

COLOR :

  • Grayish Blue – I used royal blue gel color with a touch of black color

Spread a thin layer of colored buttercream onto the white frosted cake.

Smoothing buttercream cake with a bench scrapper.

BUTTERCREAM PUMPKINS AND FLOWERS

Swiss Buttercream is a perfect medium for making piped cake decorations. It freezes well and decorations hold up nicely on the cake, too. I used it to make cute piped buttercream pumpkins, leaves, flowers and wreath branches.

To color color Swiss Buttercream I used gel food colors. If you haven’t colored Swiss Buttercream before be sure follow my tutorial on How to Color Swiss Buttercream. It will help you achieve deep, rich colors.

TO MAKE BUTTERCREAM DECORATIONS YOU NEED

  • Parchment Squares 
  • Flower Nail
  • Piping Bags
  • Piping Tips (#12 #98, #61, #104, #103, #2, #3, #352 #125)
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Colored buttercream in piping bags, parchment square and flower nail on a counter top.

BUTTERCREAM PUMPKINS

COLORS :

  • Orange – I used orange gel color and I added a touch of ivory food color to mute it down slightly
  • Brown – stems
  • Terra Cotta – I used red and brown get colors to create this shade
  • White – stems

PIPING TIPS:

  • Round Piping Tip #12 – to pipe a mount of buttercream onto flower nail
  • Piping Tip #98 ( I used this tip with orange pumpkins)
  • Piping Tip # 61 ( I used this tip with terra cotta pumpkins)
  • Round Piping Tip #2 – to pipe stems

Pipe a small amount of orange buttercream onto a flower nail using piping tip #12. Secure a parchment square onto the flower nail. Then pipe a small mount of orange buttercream onto a parchment square. Freeze for 20 minutes.

Piping a mount of buttercream onto a flower nail.

Now with orange buttercream and piping tip #98 pipe vertical lines from the base of the buttercream mount to the top, overlapping lines slightly. Clean up the top with a spoon handle. Then pipe the stem and vines with brown  buttercream and piping tip #2.

Close up of buttercream pumpkins and a piping tip 98.
Piping buttercream pumpkins onto a flower nail.

Repeat the process with terra cotta buttercream, use piping tip #61 instead of #98.

Freeze pumpkins on a freezer safe tray for an hour.

Piping buttercream pumpkin onto a flower nail.

BUTTERCREAM LEAVES

COLORS :

  • Gray – I used left over grayish blue buttercream and I just added a bit more black gel color to it

PIPING TIPS :

  • Petal Tips #104 or #103

Pipe leaves onto a parchment square, with a petal tip narrow part fascing out. Freeze for an hour, or until firm.

Piping buttercream leaves onto a flower nail.

WHITE DAISY FLOWERS

COLORS :

  • White
  • Gray – I used same buttercream I used to make the leaves

PIPING TIPS :

  • Leaf Tip #352
  • Round Piping Tip #2

Pipe a small mount of gray buttercream onto the parchment square. Then with a leaf tip and white buttercream pipe flower petals around in 2 layers. Finish by piping small dainty dots of gray buttercream in the center of the flower. Freeze for 1 hour, or until firm.

Piping buttercream daisy onto a flower nail.

BUTTERCREAM RIBBON ROSES

COLORS :

  • Orange

PIPING TIPS :

  • Petal Tip #125

With the piping tip narrow end further away from you and facing the center of the flower nail start piping. As soon as you starr piping turn the piping bag towards you so narrow part of the piping tip is facing up. And wide part of the piping tip is facing down. Turn the flower nail as you continue piping buttercream. Freeze for an hour or until firm.

Piping a ribbon rose on a flower nail.

WREATH BRANCH BASE

COLORS :

  • Dark Brown – I used brown gel color and added just a touch of black coloring

PIPING TIPS :

  • Round Piping Tip #3 or #4 will work as well
  • Round Piping Tip #2 for smaller lines that go across

With dark brown buttercream and a piping bag fitted with a round piping tip #3 pipe the branches around. Then swap out #3 piping tip for smaller #2 tip and pipe short branches across the large branches. Chill the cake for 30 minutes, until wreath branches are firm.

Piping brown buttercream branches on top of the cake.

FALL WREATH CAKE ASSEMBLY

Glue frozen pumpkins, flowers and leaves onto the cake. Use small amounts of buttercream to glue frozen buttercream decorations onto the cake.

Decorating top of the cake with piped buttercream pumpkins, flowers and leaves.

With brown buttercream and a small round piping tip #3 pipe small mounts of icing onto the branches. Then with white buttercream #2 pipe white into the center of brown mounts.

Decorating top of the cake with buttercream flowers.
Detail showing top of the buttercream wreath cake.

TO MAKE BUTTERCREAM FALL WREATH CAKE YOU NEED

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Detail showing top of the buttercream wreath cake.
Pumpkin Sponge Cake
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
 

Makes 3 – 6 inch cakes

Course: Cake, Dessert
Cuisine: American, French
Keyword: pumpkin cake, pumpkin spice cake, sponge cake
Servings: 10
Hanielas.com: Hani Bacova
Ingredients
Pumpkin Spice Sponge Cake
  • 4 egg whites
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 200 grams sugar
  • 4 tbsp oil vegetable, coconut
  • 4 tbsp warm water
  • 200 grams all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
Maple Swiss Buttercream
  • 2 batches Swiss Buttercream (recipe in notes)
  • Maple Flavoring
Instructions
Pumpkin Spice Sponge Cake
  1. Preheat oven 350F.

  2. Butter and flour your baking pans, line the bottom with parchment.
  3. In a medium bowl sift together flour (200grams), cinnamon(1tsp), nutmeg(1/4tsp), ginger(1/4tsp), cloves(1/8tsp), salt(1/2tsp) and baking powder (1 tsp and 1/2tsp). Set aside.

  4. In a clean bowl, whip egg whites (4), once soft peaks are formed, gradually add 1/2 of the sugar (100grams). Beat until shiny and stiff peaks are formed. Don’t whip it too long though, you want the egg whites to retain moisture. Turn the mixer off at once when stiff peaks are formed.

  5. Scrape the meringue into another bowl. Set aside. Put all the egg yolks (4) into the mixing bowl you just used for making the meringue. It is okay, it doesn’t have to be spotless. Add remaining sugar (100 grams) to the egg yolks. Using same wire whip attachment mix the egg yolks with sugar. First at medium speed and then at high speed. Once your egg yolks have doubled in volume and became pale in color (ribbon stage) add pumpkin puree. Beat till well blended together.

    Then gradually add oil (4tbsp), by tablespoon, mixing well after each addition.

    then add warm water (4tbsp), by tablespoon, mixing well after each addition. Add vanilla extract (1/2tsp) and beat until combined. Turn off the mixer.

  6. Using fine mesh strainer sift about 1/3 of flour mixture into the egg yolk pumpkin mixture and carefully fold the flour in with a spatula, then add about 1/3 of meringue and fold iit in. Continue with rest of the flour and meringue until no flour streaks are visible. Be gentle and don’t over mix. You are looking for a light and airy batter.

  7. Fill your buttered and floured pans and bake until tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 25-30 minutes. Let cool slightly, remove from the baking pans, and cool completely before filling and decorating.
Swiss Meringue Buttercream
  1. Make 2 batches of Swiss Buttercream (link to the recipe in the post and in recipe notes).

    Flavor buttercream with Maple Flavoring. Use only several drops, start with 10 drops. Blend in and taste. Add more flavoring if desired. Buttercream can be prepared ahead of time. Store it in the fridge. Let it come to room temperature before using. If necessary whip it again for couple of minutes.

    Buttercream can also be frozen for up to 3 months.

Recipe Notes
DO YOU HAVE A RECIPE FOR SWISS MERINGUE ?

Here is my recipe that I use the most  : Swiss Meringue Buttercream Recipe

HOW TO MAKE MAPLE SWISS BUTTERCREAM?

I used concentrate Maple Flavoring. Add several drops to your vanilla Swiss Buttercream and beat it well. Add more flavoring if desired. 

 

This post was originally published in 2018. On October 31st. 2019 I updated this post with new photos, written text and a video.

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