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A Party In Itself Cake


A Party in Itself proves you can have your cake?and cookies and cupcakes?and eat it, too! Cookies provide the message and decorative topping for this impressive two-tier birthday cake, while cupcakes surround the base.
Makes: Cake serves 60; each cupcake serves 1.
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Step 1

In advance, cut the following cookies: "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" and three 3 in. round balloons using 101 Cutter Set, 2 square crinkle gifts, 4 ice cream cone hats (cut ice cream area off cone and reserve for other cookies).

Step 2

Roll sixty 3/4 in. diameter balls of dough and position on cookie sheet. For each gift cookie, cut 3 circles using large opening of tip 8; position and press on top to form bow.

Step 3

For pompoms, cut 4 circles with large opening of tip 8; attach one to point of each hat cookie.

Step 4

Bake and cool all cookies.

Step 5

Follow pouch directions to outline and fill in letter, gift and hat cookies with Ice-A-Cookie; let dry overnight.

Step 6

Cover ball cookies with Ice-A-Cookie; let dry at least 1/2 hour. Pipe spirals on ball tops using Ice-A-Cookie and decorating tip included; let dry.

Step 7

Use Ice-A-Cookie and decorating tip for the following: outline and pipe-in ribbons and bows, add dots to gifts, highlights to balloons, swirls and stripes to party hats; let dry.

Step 8

Attach cookies to treat sticks with icing; tie on curling ribbon. Set aside.

Step 9

Ice 2-layer cakes smooth with 1/2 in. icing and prepare for stacked construction.

Step 10

Using Icing Sculptor with yellow blades (u-shaped edge), comb cake sides. Pipe tip 8 ball top borders on both tiers.

Step 11

Attach cookie balls for bottom borders with icing.

Step 12

Attach cookie message to cake sides with icing.

Step 13

Sprinkle confetti from Flowerful Medley on top tier; insert cookies.

Step 14

Bake and cool cupcakes; pipe tip 1M swirl on tops.

Step 15

p>Spray tops with ColorMist and sprinkle with confetti dots from Flowerful Medley Sprinkles.

Step 16

Position cupcakes around cake and insert celebration candles.

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12 x 2 in. Round Pan

8 12 x 2 in. Round Pan

Standard muffin pan

Standard muffin pan

Cookie Sheet

Cookie Sheet

Curling ribbon

Curling ribbon

Waxed paper

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A Party In Itself Cake is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 3.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I made this cake for my Mom's 50th birthday. Although it's a little time consuming it's pretty easy. It's faster if you leave the cookies off of the cake, beautiful candles have the same effect. Make it your own and change the colors. You'll be glad you did!
Date published: 2011-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I made this cake for my husband's 50th birthday party. I had just finished my 2nd Wilton class and felt rather competent. The cake and decorattions when pretty quick but I didn't count on the cookies taking so long to bake and decorate. I always feel a bit nervous when a lot of people will view my cakes but I was very proud and received a ton of compliments. I think this is the reason I continue to bake and decorate lots of cakes today. I could not have done this without Wilton's instruction
Date published: 2011-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I have 3 grandkids who were all born in the same month & wehad a combined birthday party for them & I made this cake. PLUS I added candy to the cake with Yellow stars & the grandkids ages in candy. As it turns out the venue had a large banner in the cake room with balloons in primary colors - everything coordinated - - a perfect day to see how surprised my Sweeties & their friends were! Here are some tips: Leave yourself lots of time - as there are many steps making cake, cookies, cupcakes & candy! Instructions were great, except you need to be careful about thickness of the cookies on top of cake. Instructions here for attaching cookes could have more detail - - all my cookies didn't hold well on sticks. I would suggest using candy melts to glue cookies to stix & having a good support when laying out cookies to dry, & leave enough time for them to dry! I used a flow recipe in an older yearbook for the circular flow icing on the bullseye cookies (using corn syrup). I was afraid to do this as I don't have steady hands. But as Nancy Siler says - - it's cake! This project was great fun!
Date published: 2011-05-12
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