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Briar Bouquets Cake


Color-dusted briar roses in gum paste are complemented by brush embroidery flowers on the sides of this unique bouquet cake. Frame the cakebases with contrasting fondant bands molded in the Fabric Fondant and Gum Paste Mold.
Makes: 32 Servings
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Step 1

Three days in advance: Make gum paste flowers and leaves following instructions in Gum Paste Flower Cutter Set. Make 16 briar roses. Brush petals with White Pearl Dust, edges with Deep Pink/White Color Dust, dip centers in Chocolate Brown Color Dust. Tape 22-gauge wire, 6 in. long, to each flower. Tint 8 oz. gum paste moss green. Make 20 hydrangea leaves; reserve excess gum paste. Brush with Lime Green/Spruce Green Color Dust.

Step 2

Also in advance: Make red panels. Tint 20 oz. fondant red/burgundy; knead in 1 teaspoon Gum-Tex. Roll out 3/8 in. thick. Cut 1. in. wide strips: four 7 in. long for top tier, four 11 in. long for bottom tier. Let dry three days on cornstarch-dusted waxed, paper-covered boards.

Step 3

Finally in advance, make Top Scroll: Tape pattern to board and cover with waxed paper. Dust with cornstarch. Roll reserved moss green gum paste into 3/8 in. diameter logs. Arrange over pattern. Let dry 2 days. Attach Lollipop Stick to end using melted green candy; let 3 in. of stick extend at bottom to insert into cake. Let set.

Step 4

Bake and cool 3-layer cakes (trim 1 layer to 1 in. high to make 5 in. high tiers). Tint 126 oz. fondant light pink/violet. Prepare and cover cakes with rolled fondant. Prepare for Push-In Pillar Construction.

Step 5

Prepare and cover square boards with rolled fondant. Starting 1 1/2 in. up from bottom, lightly mark floral pattern on front-facing cake sides using medium flower Cut-Out and large and medium blossom ejectors from Gum Paste Cutter Set. Use toothpick to mark connecting vines and tendrils. Tint thinned royal icing burgundy. Outline imprint with tip 2 in royal icing; immediately brush lines inward using Brush Embroidery technique using square tipped brush. Continue, working one flower at a time. Cover marks for vines and tendrils with tip 2 outlines. Position cakes on covered boards. Attach red panels using melted red candy. Position panels 1/4 in. away from cake sides; hold upright until candy sets.

Step 6

Tint 20 oz. fondant medium pink. Use Fabric Mold to mold outer ribbon pieces. Use fondant adhesive to attach ribbons over center of red panels, trimming ends as needed. Position pillars and 6 in. plate on 8 in. cake. Arrange flowers using flower spikes; insert two briar roses and two or three leaves in each spike.

At reception: Assemble cakes with round plates and twist legs. Push flower spikes with flowers into cake. Insert scroll.

* Combine Pink with a little Violet for light pink fondant covering cakes.
* Combine Burgundy with Christmas Red for red fondant inner borders shown.
* Combine Pink with Burgundy for medium pink fondant ribbons shown.

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Burgundy Icing Color

Burgundy Icing Color

Christmas Red Icing Color

Christmas Red Icing Color

Pink Icing Color

Pink Icing Color

Moss Green Icing Color

Moss Green Icing Color

Violet Icing Color

Violet Icing Color

Gum-Tex

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White Pearl Dust?

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White Color Dust

White Color Dust

Lime Green Color Dust

Lime Green Color Dust

Spruce Green Color Dust

Spruce Green Color Dust

Deep Pink Color Dust

Deep Pink Color Dust

Chocolate Brown Color Dust

Chocolate Brown Color Dust

Meringue Powder

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Red Candy Melts® Candy

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Green Candy Melts® Candy

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6 x 2 in. Square Pan

6 x 2 in. Square Pan

8 x 2 in. Square Pan

8 x 2 in. Square Pan

6 in. Lollipop Sticks

6 in. Lollipop Sticks

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Cake Boards

Fanci-Foil Wrap

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Crystal-Clear Cake Divider Set

Crystal-Clear Cake Divider Set (6 in. plate)

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8 x 8 in. plywood or foamcore board ((1/2 in. thick))

12 x 12 plywood or foamcore board

12 x 12 plywood or foamcore board ((1/2 in. thick))

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Waxed paper

Waxed paper

Toothpicks

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clothes steamer

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Bring out the color of your Sugar Sheets! flowers with a few brushstrokes of Wilton Pearl Dust or Color Dust. Use a contrasting shade to highlight the flower center or on petal edges.

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