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Best Buds Apple Blossom Cake Zoom

Best Buds Apple Blossom Cake


It's apple blossom time again, and this buttercream-iced cake is a great way to welcome spring. Want to learn how to make icing flowers from the comfort of your home? Take a Wilton Method Class on Craftsy to see just how easy it is to create gorgeous icing flowers.
Makes: Cake serves 12.
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Step 1

Make apple blossom flowers 1 day in advance. Prepare royal icing following recipe directions. Tint blue. Place apple blossom template on flower nail and cover with flower square. Use tip 101, cut disposable decorating bag and blue icing to pipe 36 apple blossoms, plus extra to allow for breakage. Use tip 1, cut disposable decorating bag and blue icing to pipe dot centers. Let dry on parchment paper-covered surface overnight.

Step 2

Make layered cake. Prepare batter following recipe directions. Bake and cool two 6 in. round layers. Prepare buttercream icing following recipe directions. Prepare, fill and stack 6 in. cakes for 2-layer cake, 4 in. high. Place cake on cake circle. Reserve remaining buttercream icing.

Step 3

Ice cake. Tint portion of buttercream icing blue to match apple blossoms. Reserve some white buttercream icing. Use spatula and blue icing to ice cake smooth.

Step 4

Decorate cake. Use ruler to measure 1 1/2 in. increments around cake. At every other 1 1/2 in. mark, use toothpick to mark three dots: 1/4 in. from top and bottom of cake and one in between, about 2 1/8 in. from the top of cake. At the unmarked 1 1/2 in. increments, use toothpick to mark two dots: 1 1/4 in. from the top and bottom of cake. There should be about 2 1/8 in. between dots.

Use tip 2, cut disposable decorating bag and white icing to pipe diagonal lines between three-dot rows (the lines will intersect on two-dot rows). Use tip 2, cut disposable decorating bag and white icing to attach apple blossom at each dot.

Use tip 2, cut disposable decorating bag and white icing to pipe beads around each apple blossom. The middle flowers will have four beads; the top and bottom flowers will have three beads.

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Favorite cake recipe or mix

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Sky Blue Icing Color

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Ivory Icing Color

Ivory Icing Color ((Combine Sky Blue with Ivory for blue shown))

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food-safe scissors

food-safe scissors

12 in. Disposable Decorating Bags

12 in. Disposable Decorating Bags

6 in. Round Pan

6 in. Round Pan

Cake Circles

Cake Circles

Plastic ruler

Plastic ruler

Toothpick

Toothpick

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.

Pipe dots for flower centers, faces, figure piping and border effects. When making large dots, lift the tip as you squeeze to allow icing to fill out completely.

Characters or designs are often outlined first, then piped in with stars or zigzags. Outlines can also be used for facial features.

This 5-petal springtime flower, most commonly seen in white or soft pink, is virtually the same petal shape as the wild rose, but uses a smaller tip creating a petite flower. The dot stamen are typically positioned like the holes in a 5-hole button. Dry them on flower formers for a more natural look.

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