Make This Adorable Woodland Cake + 5 More Ways to Decorate With Faux Bois

A love of everything woodland inspires the creation of a faux bois cake that is perfect for a holiday celebration.

I’m crazy for faux bois. The French term translates to “false wood” and incorporates any number of gorgeous home goods: faux bois wallpaper, pillows, side tables and rugs to turn your home into a rustic Snow White wonderland. And that's not even getting into the possibilities of faux bois-patterned sweets, like this cake: 

Faux Bois Cake With Evergreen Tree

Faux Bois Cake With Evergreen Tree

You can change up the look of your faux bois cake by changing out accessories or the size and type of tree topper you use. Not a tree fan? Top your cake with a tiny deer or other decorative embellishment.

I have reached into my psyche to figure out why woodland themes are so profoundly pleasing to me. I spent some of my formative childhood years in Germany, ground zero for adorable toadstools, gnomes, fawns and forest-y imagery.

But bottom line: I have no idea! I just accept it, like I accept my love of seafoam green and throw pillows as a matter of taste.

If I could, I would give my house over to full-throttle faux bois. A Philippe Stark Kartell gnome with faux bois embellishment is on my design bucket list, but I could easily make do with any of the numerous wood grain-themed items offered by home furnishings pruveyors.

Faux Bois Bedspread

Faux Bois Bedspread

Photo by: Land of Nod

Land of Nod

Land of Nod features an adorable faux-bois themed quilt to give a woodsy theme to your child's or your own room.

Land of Nod has an adorable woodgrain quilt from its kitsch-cheeky Camp Iwannadrinkawawwa line that makes my heart sing. And who wouldn't love a den or home office or statement wall papered in Brett Beldock Design's Wood Grain Wallpaper in Mochachino?

Wood Grain Wallpaper

Wood Grain Wallpaper

Photo by: Brett Beldock Design

Brett Beldock Design

Brett Beldock Design wood grain wallpaper in Mochachino brings a woodsy look to any room.

Wood Grain Rug

Wood Grain Rug

Photo by: Stark Carpet

Stark Carpet

Stark Carpet features a Muir Woods Rug in Moss for a woodsy touch indoors.

There are many high-end offerings when it comes to faux bois rugs. I love the subtly of Stark Carpet's Timber rug in Birch, available in various retail locations. Or if you have a designer on speed dial, there are options like the to-the-trade Muir Woods Rug in Moss. Sublime!

Timber Rug From Stark Carpet

Timber Rug From Stark Carpet

Photo by: Stark Carpet

Stark Carpet

The gorgeous faux bois Timber rug in Birch from Stark Carpet brings a touch of the forest to your home.

Faux Bois Bench

Faux Bois Bench

Photo by: Currey & Company

Currey & Company

This Currey & Company outdoor bench is a gorgeous garden touch for faux bois fans.

Digging the idea of faux bois in an outdoor setting? Currey and Company has an entire line of woodsy furniture including the Woodland Bench which would imbue any garden nook with fairy tale charm. Fair warning: if you click this link and go to the Currey and Company faux bois offerings you are likely to be overcome with the cuteness of it all.

Decorate Your Faux Bois Cake

Decorate Your Faux Bois Cake

You can decide how involved you want to get when decorating your faux bois cake: use lots of accessories or just a few depending upon your style.

Longing to bring a little edible faux bois into my life, I decided to create a faux bois cake, a sort of practice run for a little forest of woodland cakes I want to create for Thanksgiving.

First, straight up, I am not a cake boss, cake master, cake genius, whatever, so if I was able to pull this together, I can guarantee you can too. It’s all about the adorable accessories to me, which help probing eyes forgive any sloppy frosting technique.

To me the woodsy look of faux bois really suits the holiday season. So, inspired by several images I’d seen on Pinterest of various versions of a wood grain cake, I decided to bring my love of fake nature into the edible realm.

Faux Bois Frosting

Faux Bois Frosting

Be warned: Don't attempt this cake unless you are ready to hear lots of wistful sighs and cooing. Faux bois and teeny tiny trees and deer are powerful things. Here are some tips to do some faux bois-ing of your own.

Deer and Mushrooms Ornament a Faux Bois Cake

Deer and Mushrooms Ornament a Faux Bois Cake

Faux Bois Cake Slice

Faux Bois Cake Slice

Make it Miniature 

To create my faux bois cake I used very small cake tins to up the adorable factor. You can decide if you want to go wood grain inside and out. If you want to create the wood effect in the cake itself, use both chocolate and vanilla cake batter. Working with a 1/4 cup at a time, create circles—one on top of the other—of alternating colors in your pans. Allow the batter to spread out on its own: don't force it.

How to Create Faux Bois Cake Batter

How to Create Faux Bois Cake Batter

Don't Forget to Grease Those Pans!

I have terrible luck getting cakes to pop out of their tins, but this time I went haywire with the cooking oil spray and had no trouble getting the cakes out. I placed waxed paper in the same size as the cake pan on a slab of wood cross-section from the craft store and iced the cake directly on that au naturel pedestal.

Two Kinds of Chocolate Frosting

Two Kinds of Chocolate Frosting

Just Add Frosting 

I created a simple buttercream frosting with confectioner's sugar, a stick of butter, vanilla and half and half. I used unsweetened cocoa powder to dye about 1/4 of the frosting a subtle brown for the top of the cake. The majority of frosting I dyed using a darker, richer blend of melted semisweet chocolate chips (dark chocolate would be great too) and cocoa powder.

Frosting Your Cake

Frosting Your Cake

I frosted the top of this faux bois cake with dark brown frosting, and then finished the top with a layer of light brown to create a cross-section effect.

Keep Crumbs Under Control 

I frosted the entire cake with the dark chocolate frosting, including the top, to serve as a crumb coat. Then I spread the lighter brown frosting just on the top, and used a chop stick dipped in the darker frosting to create wood grain rings on top. I used a combination of butter knife and toothpick to create vertical swirls and hatch marks on the side of the cake to mimic the look of bark.

Create Vertical Marks in Frosting

Create Vertical Marks in Frosting

Use a knife and toothpick to create vertical swirls and hatchings to mimic the look of bark in your faux bois cake.

Just Add Kitsch 

You can go maximalist or minimalist, depending upon how kitschy you like things (I have a very high tolerance for kitsch). Add tiny mushrooms, a tree topper placed on a small birch wood piece, little deer, rabbits, gnomes, more tiny bottle brush trees. It's all good. I think this cake, as one HGTVGardens Instagrammer suggested, would be great with a plaid-themed table setting for Thanksgiving or Christmas.

Birch Wood Slice

Birch Wood Slice

Reinforce the woodland theme by placing your faux bois cake on a wood slice.

Faux Decorative Mushrooms

Faux Decorative Mushrooms

Woodland Decorative Accessories

Woodland Decorative Accessories

Craft stores are great sources for woodland-themed accessories.

Finished Faux Bois Cake

Finished Faux Bois Cake

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