Someone recently asked me what a succulent was. The fact that someone didn’t know what a succulent was is shocking in and of itself but what’s even more shocking is that it was a millennial woman! Since my Instagram feed is filled with trendy coffee shops with succulent-lined windows and succulent cake toppers that look like terrariums, I thought the question was a joke. It turns that it a) it was not a joke and b) not everyone follows as many lifestyle bloggers on Instagram as I do.
When I got over my initial surprise, I explained to my new friend that succulent plants are eye catching and hardy plants, perfect for arid climates. Or surviving living in my care.
I don’t trust myself with greenery at home but the occasional succulent plant has been known to survive in my apartment. I made sure to replant the succulents from my wedding bouquet and Colin’s boutonnier as soon as we got home from Maine so keep your fingers crossed they last! How adorable is my new windowsill display?
At this point you’re probably thinking: “Gosh Charlotte, isn’t this post about succulent cake toppers, not your wedding?” Calm yourself, I’m getting to the good stuff but I’m still in wedding mode so y’all will be seeing loads of wedding pics in the coming weeks.
The succulent dessert trend has swept the internet and doesn’t seem to be leaving anytime soon. And you know what, I’m okay with that! Whether topping garden-inspired cupcakes or dainty wedding cakes, succulent cake toppers are sure to impress. The best part? You don’t have to be the winner of cupcake wars to make these.
Here are five ways to make succulent cake toppers! Regardless of your skill level, you’ll be sure to find one that works for you.
Molly Yeh is known for her impressive succulent cakes but this marzipan succulent design might be her most simple yet. If icing isn’t for you, this is another way to incorporate succulents into your desserts! No need to make the marzipan either. There’s something to be said about keeping things simple, and what could be more simple than adding green food dye to store-bought marzipan!
Gum Paste Succulents
Another alternative to buttercream succulents, gum paste succulents are a sturdy cake-topping option. Because of the nature of gum paste, you can create intricate detail in your succulent shaping and play around with the colors a fair amount. It also holds its shape quite well so you can make really thick and textured leaves, much like a real succulent.
Similar to gum paste, fondant is a pliable dough so you’ll be able to make rather realistic looking succulents. You can also buy fondant succulents on Etsy if you want to give up entirely on the idea of making your own. Wilton has some great tutorials though so don’t give up without at least trying!
Meringue succulents are by no means the easiest option on this list but if you love meringues as much as I do (and you really should), consider giving these a try next time you make flower pot cupcakes. The upside of this method is that you add the color in during the early stages of the meringue-making process so you don’t have to worry about decorating it once baking is completed!
Perhaps the most common type of succulent cake (and cupcake!) toppers, buttercream succulents are easy to make as long as you have the right icing tips and a reliable buttercream recipe that will hold the shape you pipe. I Am Baker has some great tutorials for a variety of succulent shapes, in addition to her regular awesome icing tutorials. I always prefer this option to the others because I would prefer to eat a buttercream succulent over any other kind.
Well, there you have it. Do you have another way to make succulent cake toppers that I missed on the list? Drop it in the comments!