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Hollow blocks, constructed of 4 gum paste squares, are a fun way to camouflage pillars between tiers?the pillars bear the weight.
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Step 1
Step 1

Prepare 2 cans of gum paste. Roll out 1/8 in. thick; cut 16 squares, 3 x 3 in. Let dry overnight on cornstarch-dusted boards. The next day, turn squares over and let dry completely overnight. When dry, attach squares side-to-side with thinned fondant adhesive to form blocks; let dry.

Step 2
Step 2

Add trims. Tint 24 oz. of fondant blue and 6 oz. each in light rose, green and yellow; reserve remaining white fondant. Using alphabet cutters from 101 Cookie Cutters Set, cut 4 green B, 4 yellow A, 4 rose B and 4 blue Y letters. As needed, cut out centers of letters with craft knife. Attach letters to blocks with damp brush. For borders, cut assorted fondant strips, 1/4 x 3 in. long; attach with damp brush. Let dry.

Step 3
Step 3

At reception, completed blocks will be positioned around pillars on 14 in. cake. The 10 in. cake and the bear cake will be placed on top.

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Baby Blocks is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 18.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I sooo enjoyed making the baby blocks cakes. The ONLY problem that I had was that the measurement given didn't quite have enough height to them when they were assembled and on the cake...I have however made the baby blocks for use by themselves and they are somewhat easy as long as you give yourself several days for each side to dry. I reinforced them on the inside seams with candy melts for added stability...I LOVE WILTON!
Date published: 2010-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is an amazing cake. I needed an idea for a friends baby shower who was having a 2nd child. I received a world of praise for this cake. I wouldn't say this was hard to make but more a little time consuming w/making the blocks but then again patients is needed w/everything baking. Only thing I did different was change the bear from white to brown & the blue trim to pink. What a hit. I recommend this cake to all to try. Thank you Wilton for a great idea. I always consult you guys first.
Date published: 2010-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I made this cake for a friends baby shower and did not have time to cut the gumpaste and let it dry so used riceskrispies treats as the blocks and covered them with the gumpaste. Worked great but would like to try the hollow blocks at some point. Wilton always has the best detailed instructions and Great Ideas.....Thanks!!
Date published: 2010-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I did this cake and it did turn out beautiful got a lot of compliments but it was time consuming, But if I had to do it again I will, the beauty and the compliments make it worth the while. Thanks Wilton your techniques are improving my skills.
Date published: 2010-12-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I used the baby blocks technique for another baby shower design. Great idea, and pretty easy to put together. Though I used all fondant, instead of gum paste. I am however, looking forward to making this Wilton cake design.
Date published: 2011-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I did this cake for my daughter's friend Teresita, i have only a little problem how to asamble the cake . I enjoyed a lot doing this cake and thanks so much for to share all the techniques with us.
Date published: 2010-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a GREAT idea to hide pillars and adds the finishing touch to a baby shower cake. Could also be used for any other cake with different decorations on the blocks! I LOVE this!!
Date published: 2010-11-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A friend and I did this for a friend's baby shower. It was a little difficult but turned out so cute!! Worked well cuz the baby's name was 4 letters long!! Looked great.
Date published: 2010-12-01
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