How to Create a Silver Birch Bark Effect

Make your cakes bang on trend with this simple yet realistic bark effect.

Image credit: silver birch bark

Make your cakes bang on trend with this simple yet realistic bark effect.

You will need:



  • 2 x round sponge cakes 15 x 7.5cm(6 x 3in)
  • buttercream for cake filling
  • 1kg (2lb 2oz) dark chocolate ganache for coating cakes and dummies
  • metallic food paint: pearlescent mink and pearlescent white (Rainbow Dust)
  • 2 x round straight edged polystyrene cake dummies 10 x 10cm (4 x 4in)
  • 10cm (4in) round cake board thin cut edge
  • 15cm (6in) round cake board double thick
  • palette knife and small sharp knife masking tape


Bottom Tier: stack and ganache coat (to 5mm thickness), two 15cm(6in) round sponge cakes forming a 'double barrel' style cake.
Top Tier: Use masking tape to join two 10cm (4in) round dummies to form a log shape and attach to a same sized thin card. Ganache coat the log. Using a flat brush paint both with a layer of pearlescent mink and once dry, with pearlescent white metallic food paint.


Using a small sharp knife cut and whittle marks into the ganache coating both horizontally and vertically to represent the detail on the bark of a silver birch tree.

Top Tip

  • To personalise the cake for a wedding or birthday, why not try carving the recipient's initials onto the cake surrounded by a love heart, to imitate lovers carving their initials on real life trees!

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