In advance: Make royal icing floral garlands, using 35 tip 102 apple blossoms with tip 1 dot centers and 30 tip 104 roses with tip 12 bases. Also: Make candy plaque mortarboard in Topping Off Success pan using painting method. Refrigerate until firm; unmold. And: make diploma.
Prepare 1-layer cakes for rolled fondant. Tint fondant blue. Cover cakes; smooth with Fondant Smoother. Prepare for
Push-In Pillar Construction. Pipe tip 18 shell bottom borders using buttercream.
At reception: Assemble cakes. Insert 1st flower spike into back of 8 in. cake; insert 1st garland section and curve around and down to bottom cake. (If needed, place a small amount of fondant in flower spike to secure garland.) Insert 2nd flower spike in back of sheet cake at end of 1st garland. Insert 2nd garland section and curve around cake to the front. Position diploma. Cut white plastic dowel rods to support candy plaque on angle. Position and attach candy plaque with melted candy. Position topper.
Anyone can write out a place card for the party?but wouldn't an edible candy place card be much more special and fun? There are lots of ways to use candy plaques molded in cake or muffin pans. You can create unforgettable holiday gift cards, centerpieces, cake toppers and more. For rectangles, use a loaf pan or mini cake pan. For circles, use muffin pans. Attach a molded candy for a great finishing touch.
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.
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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