In advance: Make candy treetop ornament. Using candy colors, tint portions of melted white candy violet and green. For center globe, use mini ball pan to mold 2 violet candy shells; refrigerate until firm, unmold. For top and bottom globes, use candy melting plate as mold; make 4 green candy shells, refrigerate until firm and unmold. Mold 32 candy ornaments using painting method; refrigerate until firm; unmold.
Ice 2-layer cakes smooth with buttercream and prepare for
stacked construction. Pipe tip 5 bead bottom borders on all cakes. For tip 2 branches on top borders, make a center string stem and add pull-out string needles; continue piping over side of each cake. Assemble treetop ornament. For top of ornament, press in sides of spice drop to lengthen and insert lollipop stick in bottom. To make holes at top and bottom of ornament globes for threading lollipop stick, heat tip of nail portion of flower nail and melt an opening for lollipop stick on globe halves. Make sure the openings line up on each half. Attach globe halves around lollipop stick with melted candy. Insert spice drop on bottom of stick. Leave 4 in. of stick exposed at bottom of ornament. Trim off remaining stick; insert in cake. Cut spice drops in half, flatten and attach on sides of treetop ornament with melted candy.
Adding color details to candies makes them more realistic and much more fun! For large areas of color, it's best to paint the melted candy right in the mold before the whole candy is molded using a decorator brush. Or, for very small details like vines, mouths and messages, melted candy should be piped onto molded candies using a parchment bag with a small hole cut in the tip.
If you're looking for something easy and elegant for desserts or party trays, here's a delicious idea. Serve candy shells filled with fruit, mousse or liqueur! We've made the candies shown here in the Wilton Cordial Cups Mold, but Wilton has many other products that will work beautifully. The procedure is much like that for making filled candy?without sealing the top.