Bake and cool three 1-layer, 8 x 2 in. cakes. Use craft knife to cut 3 dowels 5 1/2 in. long. Ice cake thick. Comb side using wide side of decorating comb. Insert dowel rods in cake sides for arms; ice smooth with spatula and pat smooth with finger dipped in cornstarch. Fill ends of dowel rod arms with icing, using tip 9. Insert candles and pipe tip 9 fingers.
Trace Face Pattern with toothpick. Pipe in tip 9 whites of eyes, tip 4 pupils, mouth, cheeks and tongue (smooth all facial features with finger dipped in cornstarch). Pipe tip 2110 rosette on top center of cake; insert dowel rod candle in center of rosette. Pipe tip 9 drip mark and tip 16 pull out star flame.
At top border, mark 4 in. wide area above face to leave open . Beginning at either side of open area, pipe tip 3 double drop string border, 1 in. and 1 3/4 in. deep. Pipe tip 2110 rosette top border. Pipe tip 16 rosette candleholders and insert candles. Pipe tip 21 shell bottom border.
The drop string is traditionally used as decoration on the sides of the cake and is the basis of more ornate string work. Called a "drop" string because the line of piped icing is allowed to "drop" or fall, by itself, before reattaching it to your cake. Pipe a row of single strings or multiple strings in rows of two or three.
Learn how to pipe beautiful rosettes, big and small, to add charming floral accents. Rosettes are a great way to create quick decorations. Different tips create different “petal” effects. Rosettes can be used to add a simple floral accent to a dessert or to cover a cake or cupcake.