How to Make a Fruit Cascade

By preparing a fruit cascade as the centerpiece of any kind of celebration, you are bound to receive a lot of admiring comments from your guests.

All the things required to prepare a remarkably impressive fruit cascade can be found at grocery stores and local crafts shop.

In order to fit your needs, simply adjust the size of the centerpiece by using other flowers and fruits after the basics have been set.

Be warned that it may take some practice to get yours looking as impressive as the fruit cascade displayed below.

What You’ll Need

  • Two 1/4″ wooden dowels (8″ and 4″ tall)
  • Eight Styrofoam rounds that are 1″ high (two each with diameters of 10″, 8″, 6″, 4″)
  • Several bunches of grapes (at least 10)
  • Greening pins
  • Flowers
  • Aluminum foil
  • Strawberries
  • One lemon
  • One orange
  • One grapefruit
  • One pineapple

How to Make a Fruit Cascade

  1. In order to make the rest of the fruit cascade trouble free, make sure to establish a stable base. This is the most essential and tricky part of the centerpiece. Use the aluminum foil to cover the Styrofoam rounds then pile them on top of each other. The smallest round should be on the topmost part. If you do not wish to have the rounds centered symmetrically, just simply form a pyramid which is off-center style and line up the rounds that way. The front side will be the part which is sloped more gently and the back portion will be the side which is more steeply inclined.
  2. On the steeply inclined side, place the 8-inch wooden dowel through the point where all the Styrofoam rounds can come together. In order to make a steady fruit cascade, position the 4-inch dowel only in the lower four rounds. On a large serving platter, set the pyramid made out of Styrofoam and make sure that there is enough space around the bottom of the centerpiece where you can lay the pineapple.
  3. Arrange the fruits. Cut off the top quarter of the pineapple and make sure that you keep it intact to be used as the topper of the centerpiece. Slice off the bottom third of the pineapple and leave a half inch shell when cleaning it out. To make it more attractive, you can use scalloped patterns or other fancy designs. Slice pineapple chunks out of the middle of the pineapple and set aside for later use. Slice the lemon, orange and grapefruit into halves. You can repeat the same pattern that was used for the pineapple earlier. Half of each fruit should be cleaned out because it will serve as cups containing the fruit dip.
  4. Assemble the fruit cascade. First, set the dip cups in place. In front of the gently sloped side at the bottom of the pyramid, place the pineapples directly on the serving platter. On the 10-inch round level, position the grapefruit cup. Then on the 8-inch round level, place the orange cup. And finally on the 6-inch round level, set the lemon cup. On the very top of the pyramid, put the top of the pineapple that was set aside earlier.
  5. Put together bunches of fruit on the Styrofoam layers using the greening pins and the areas around the dip cups should be filled. Use the flowers, pineapple chunks and strawberries to fill in the smaller areas. Do not fail to decorate the more steep side of the pyramid as well. Fill the dip cups after everything is ready.

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About the Author: Leona Kesler is a head-chef at a very popular food restaurant in New York. Also she is a blogger who shares her experiences, tips, and other informative details about food and cooking. Her recipes are featured on many magazines.

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