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Easy Rustic Cake {Tiered Cake}

Learn how to make tiered rustic cake for Autumn weddings, Fall birthdays or Thanksgiving parties, using gourds, pumpkin seeds and edible sprays!

Every year, I like to make a grand Autumn cake. I am not going to lie and say these are “easy-to-make” cakes because they are not. They require hours of work and are totally over the top! However, the end result is just magical and worth every minute. For a more beginner friendly Fall cake, try this Chocolate Tree Cake {Fall or Thanksgiving}. For another more advanced option try this Autumn Cake {Fall Cake} that will make a stunning table centerpiece.

How to make easy rustic cake from scratch?

  1. Bake, level, and fill cakes– Adding frosting between layers.
  2. Ice the cake– Making “C” shapes all over the cake.
  3. Stack cakes-With dowels inserted for support.
  4. Let the cake “dry”– Until frosting doesn’t feel wet and sticky.
  5. Spray cake– Using gold and silver edible spray.
  6. Add small plastic gourds– On the cake.
  7. Add pumpkin seeds and edible leaves- Around the base of the cake and near gourds.
Tiered Rustic Cake With Small Gourds on White Dish With Rustic Background

What is a rustic cake?

It’s something that looks homemade and has a natural earthy look to it.

How to make tiered cake?

The most important thing is proper support system within each layer. I like to use bubble tea straws between each tier and a wooden dowel pierced through the center of the entire cake structure. This prevents each layer from crushing the one below it with its weight. Make sure you cut the straws to the exact height of the cake layer they are within. Also, cut the dowel rod to the same height as the entire cake structure so that you don’t see it stick out the top.

Closeup Shot of Tiered Fall Cake With Mini Pumpkins on Brown Background

Variations for rustic birthday cake

For birthday cake– Stick a lot of small candles on the very top tier.

Try other cake flavors– Such as Moist Carrot Cake , Easy Ginger Cake, or Old Fashioned Applesauce Cake. I used pumpkin all throughout but you can make different tiers different flavors, if you like.

Try a different chocolate frosting– Such as Chocolate Whipped Cream, Chocolate Buttercream Frosting Recipe, or Chocolate Ganache Frosting {2 Ingredient}.

Add a filling– I didn’t add a filling, but you can one such as Crockpot Pumpkin Butter or Homemade Caramel Sauce.

Make it 2 tiered– You can make a smaller version by leaving off the top layer of cake.

Tips and techniques for rustic wedding cake 

Where to buy edible sprays? You can buy them online on Amazon or Wilton, or at the cake decorating aisle in Walmart, Hobby Lobby, or Michaels.

Don’t skip the dowels/ bubble tea straws– Because that’s key for holding this tiered cake structure in place. You need it for support!

Use plastic gourds– Because they are light and will not dig into the cake. I recommend these over real gourds which are just too heavy and can ruin all your hard work.

Don’t use edible sprays on a freshly frosted cake– Let the frosted cake sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes. This creates a very subtle crust on the icing and the gold/silver looks much better when sprayed.

Don’t get too close when spraying– Because it will create heavy blobs that look plain ugly. You want the gold and silver to have a sprayed pattern.

Make sure you spray in a well-ventilated area– Because although it’s safe and edible, the smell is strong. 

Make sure to wash the plastic gourds before using them– Because they may be dirty from the store, and since they are an inedible item you want them as clean as possible.

Cool cake completely before icing– Because it prevents the frosting from melting and sliding off the cake.

What size cakes to use? The bottom square cake dimensions are 10×3. The middle round cake is 8×3. The top round cakes are two 6×3 inch cakes.

Easy Homemade Rustic Birthday Cake or Wedding Cake For Fall, Autumn or Thanksgiving on White Dish- Overhead Shot

Storage of decorated cake

Refrigerate– In a sealed container for up to 3 days.

Freeze– Unfrosted cakes and frostings can be stored separately in sealed containers. When you are ready to make this cake, thaw to room temperature and assemble, as per instructions below.

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Easy Rustic Cake (Tiered Cake)

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 40 mins
Decorating time: 30 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 20 mins
Learn how to make tiered rustic cake for Autumn weddings, Fall birthdays or Thanksgiving parties, using gourds, pumpkin seeds and edible sprays!
Yield: 30 Slices

Ingredients

Instructions 

  • Bake cakes and allow them to cool completely.
  • While the cakes are baking and cooling, make the frosting.
  • Trim the domes of all the cakes (if any) and level them.
  • Place the large square cake on a large serving dish.
  • Use a spatula to spread icing all over the cake.
  • Use a spoon to make  random "C" shapes all over the cake.
  • Insert dowels or bubble tea straws in the cake.
  • Place the 8 inch round cake gently on top of the dowels.
  • Use a spatula to spread icing all over the cake.
  • Use a spoon to make  random "C" shapes all over the cake.
  • Insert dowels or bubble tea straws in this cake as well.
  • Place one of the 6 inch cakes on top of the dowls.
  • Spread icing on top.
  • Place the other 6 inch cake on top of the icing.
  • Use a spatula to spread icing all over the cake.
  • Use a spoon to make  random "C" shapes all over the cake.
  • Let the cake sit undisturbed for 20-30 minutes or until the point where you touch the cake and the frosting doesnt feel very wet and sticky.
  • Now, hold the gold edible spray bottle about six inches away from the cake and randomly spray small portions all over the cake.
  • Hold the silver spray bottle about six inches away from the cake and randomly spray the remaining portions of the cake.
  • Arrange the small plastic gourds (should be washed thoroughly prior to use) wherever you like on the cake.
  • Toss some pumpkin seeds around the base of the cake and near the gourds.
  • Stick a few edible leaves or plastic leaves (should be washed thoroughly prior to use) near the gourds and you are done. Enjoy.

Notes

  • Read all my tips above.
  • Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days. 

Nutrition

Calories: 185kcal, Carbohydrates: 29g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 1g, Sodium: 83mg, Potassium: 97mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 26g, Vitamin A: 1IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 4mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Calories: 185
Author: Abeer Rizvi

9 comments on “Easy Rustic Cake {Tiered Cake}”

  1. This turned out great! I love all of the colors.

  2. I don’t believe it… you are so talented and this cake is amazing.

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