Are you one of those people who buy rum cakes as gifts every time you go on a tropical vacation? I used to be, until my husband perfected his recipe. Now, I just ask him to make them for me! Oh yeah, I may have mentioned before that my husband was the first baker in our house. I got started into baking because of him! Rum cakes are one of his specialties, and they taste amazing! Years ago, way before I was blogging, he made them for sale in Orlando. I was also getting into dessert styling so I decided to style a Rum Cake table at home. I didn’t have my Sony camera yet, so I only used my cell phone for these photos. Although I’m not extremely happy about the photos, I still want to share this Woodland Rum Cake Bar since I love to celebrate Christmas, I love the theme so much and it was perfect for the simple cakes.
My husband made the large cake and all small cakes. I took a medium cake and made rum cake balls and raspberry rum trifles. The cake balls were made just like a regular cake pop. Here is the food network recipe for the raspberry rum trifles, which by the way were delicious!
I wanted a washed wood, vintage, natural feel with pops of red for this table. The red cardinals were a cute detail, which gave me the pop of red I was looking for. All the textures gave me that natural feeling I needed: the cotton of the table cloth, the fabric of ribbons, the look of wood, the pine branches and the birchwood. I bought the table top Christmas tree at Michael’s and attached the bird, which is also from Michael’s, to it. The vintage cake stands are part of my collection, but you can get very inexpensive cake stands at Pier One, Target and sometimes Michael’s. The birchwood candle holders that I used as mini stands are from Hobby Lobby. The mini candy dishes are from IKEA. They may no longer carry them, but you can use any candy dishes.
There are several crafted elements on this table: the ribbon garland, the backdrop, the dessert tags and the red cardinal scenery.
To make the Christmas ribbon garland:
- 50 pieces of the ribbon of your choice – I alternated the colors between two tones of red, white, one dark green, one mint green, plaid and burlap. I also used different widths. Each piece is somewhere between 2.5 to 3 feet long.
- 6-7 feet of natural twine from Michael’s
Tie each ribbon piece in half and alternating the colors. Hang on the wall, along a table or around your Christmas tree. It will be somewhat heavy. Make sure to install securely with safety pins. Don’t forget to tie bows around the cake stands using the thin ribbons.
To make the wood background and bird scenery:
The wood background is scrapbook paper that looks like wood boards glued onto foam boards. I used three boards and leaned them against the wall. I gathered some pine branches from my backyard for the table décor. I added a pine branch, fake snow and a cute red cardinal inside a glass cake stand with a lid for the cardinal bird scenery.
To make the dessert tags:
I purchased baroque style picture frames from Hobby Lobby. I used scrapbook paper and edging scissors with a wavy edge from Michael’s. The design on the large picture frame is basically red paper stripes over green paper and the actual sign with the scalloped edges printed on my printer. I like to hand cut paper, it gives me a sense of satisfaction working it that way. Notice the paper is not glossy or glittery, it actually has texture to go with the natural theme.
My husband is not ready to share his secret rum cake recipe yet, but who knows one of these days he will. LOL! Are you inspired to make your own woodland theme party or table decor this Christmas? If you are, send me comments or pictures, I would love to know. Thank you for reading and don’t forget to Live the Cake Life!!! Happy Holidays!