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A Perfect Poinsettia Cake


Set your holiday dessert table with the most festive flower of the season. Star cake covered with fondant poinsettia petals. Sure to be the center of attention on your holiday table.
Makes: Cake serves 12.
Skill Level: Somewhat Easy

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Step 1

In advance, tint 12 oz. of fondant red and knead in 1/4 teaspoon of gum-tex. Roll out to 16 in. thickness. Use pattern to cut out leaves. Vein leaves with veining tool from kit. Cut card stock 7 in. x 10 in. long and fold in half. Fold ends down 1 1/2 in. Dust with cornstarch. Dry 5 leaves on folded card stock and dry 5 flat.

Step 2

Bake and cool cake. Ice smooth. Pipe a tip 7 bead bottom border on cake. Brush leaves with red pearl dust mixed with clear vanilla and brush on vein lines. Lay flat leaves on cake one at each point. Tint buttercream red and attach folded leaves between star points. Tint 1 oz. of fondant yellow and roll 7-1/2 in. balls. Brush balls with damp brush, roll in yellow sugars and attach to center of cake.

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Christmas Red Icing Color

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Lemon Yellow Icing Color

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Soft Yellow Sugar

Soft Yellow Sugar

clear vanilla extract

clear vanilla extract

Gum-Tex

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Fanci-Foil Wrap

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Sharp Knife

Sharp Knife

The bead shape makes impressive borders outlines and accents on letters and designs; also a cute trim on clothing and gingerbread houses. The basis for making piped hearts and figure piping.

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A Perfect Poinsettia Cake is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 16.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This cake is quite a stunner, I like to add my own touches to what I do (what decorator doesn't!) So I also added some edible cake shimmer powder on the edges of the poinsetta leaves. Makes it very festive indeed, also makes for a beautiful birthday cake around Christmas time. I feel this is a fairly easy design cake to follow, but for a beginner it may be more challenging. The best piece of advice I can give on this cake & what I also think makes it a great cake for beginners.. no leaf is ever the same or totally perfect. So if you do not get it exact, don't fret!! If your like me though, you need near perfection every time.. :)
Date published: 2010-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I was told it looked spectacular, even though I didn´t have time to finish it properly before I took it to a December birthday party. I made it on a round cake, and didn´t have time to cut the cake into a star shape. I don´t have a Wilton star-shaped pan. Make sure you have time to dry the leaves that need to be slightly folded. I didn´t know what card stock was and didn´t have time to find out, so I placed them over the edge of square and rectangular cake pans and it worked, except I couldn´t dry them long enough and they quickly lost their shape.
Date published: 2010-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from this cake was quite simple to make. I bought pre colored red fondant. I made the flower on a covered cake board. I wanted to be able to remove it from the cake so my guests would not have a red tounge and teeth after dessert. The flower remained on the table to be a part of the decor. This is a good project cake for a fairly new decorator. Good practice to learn the basics of fondant.
Date published: 2010-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My nephew's wife's birthday is December 27th. I wanted to make a special birthday cake for her so I checked out your ideas and came across the poinsetta cake. It was very easy to make and directions were a snap to follow. I just wished I could have gotten the red to be a little bit brighter. Will definetely make another one at Christmas time this year.
Date published: 2011-05-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This is a fun cake to make, and makes a great impact. The use of Fondant makes it a easy to do cake. I have done it on a round cake as well. I took a small circle and covered with fondant and assembled my flower on that, that way I can remove it and it then becomes a center piece.
Date published: 2010-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I made this on a sheet cake with a cream colored icing. I put the poinsettia in the upper right corner. Using green fondant (dusted with pearl) I made a ribbon from top to bottom and then another from left to right. It made a beautiful "Present".
Date published: 2010-12-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I love this cake! The recipe is easy to scale to fit you needs. When I need fewer or more servings, I make mini cakes by cutting a sheet cake with the nested circle cutter set and decorate with a smaller flower.
Date published: 2010-12-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I wrote my review below, but forgot to add that it would probably look gorgeousl in peach too!! For those of us who love peach poinsettias....I´ll have to try it sometime and let you know how it looks.
Date published: 2010-12-16
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