A mountain-themed cake can bring the beauty of towering peaks to your table. When selecting a cake design, look to famous mountain ranges such as the Alps for inspiration, and assess your baking and decorating skills to gauge the level of difficulty you’ll be able to realistically achieve. A beginner might not want to attempt to re-create an exact replica of the Himalayas in cake form.
Choosing a Theme
Before you break out the eggs and beaters, figure out what you want your finished cake to represent. If you’re baking the cake for someone who enjoys mountain climbing or skiing, incorporate elements of that hobby into your design. You could create a cake that features someone skiing or rappelling down the side of a mountain. If the cake is to commemorate a special family vacation such as a trip to Switzerland, you could decorate your design to include a small village at the foot of the snow-capped Alps.
Depending on the theme you’ve chosen to focus on in your design, you may already have a cake shape in mind. This is an area in which your level of skill comes into play, so before you tackle the challenge of creating a complexly shaped cake, ask yourself if you can realistically achieve this. For an impressive albeit difficult cake shape, sculpt your baked and cooled layers to look like a towering crag or series of mountaintops in a range. For a simpler option, you could use pre-designed cake molds to achieve this complex cake shape. Other ideas could be to use a basic sheet cake or cupcakes and focus your energy on the decorations rather than the overall shape.
Using decorative materials helps bring your mountain cake to life, so consider the level of difficulty you want to embark on before you begin embellishing. If you decide to create a cake that represents the Alps, incorporate the colors of the mountain range into your icing palette. Consider the season you want to demonstrate in your design; this could affect the colors you use for decoration. If you lack the time or skill level required to create a decorative masterpiece, you could also use ready-made cake toppers available in craft or baking supply stores to embellish a basic sheet cake or cupcakes.
The presentation of your finished product can help you drive home the theme of the cake. If you decide to replicate a place your family once visited, you could create a postcard-inspired backdrop to go behind your cake using an enlarged photograph you took on your trip. If the cake is for a birthday party, you could present the cake while singing “Happy Birthday” to the backing vocals of traditional yodelers for a laugh.