Two little lovebirds, sitting in a tree?is there anything more romantic? Floral accents and greenery are made using the Nature Fondant and Gum Paste Mold, and enhanced with Color Dust. The Wilton Leaf and Vine Separator set is the perfect complement to this gorgeous cake.
Several days in advance: Make fondant
blue bird topper. Tint 4 oz. fondant blue. Add 1 teaspoon Gum-Tex. Roll out 1/8 in. thick. Use patterns to cut out bodies and feathers. Let pieces dry 48 hours on cornstarch-dusted waxed paper-covered board. Brush edges with periwinkle Color Dust. Attach wings using fondant adhesive. Tint small amounts of fondant orange and black. Roll out orange 1/8 in. thick. Use pattern to cut two beaks; attach. Roll small black balls for eyes; attach. Tint 4 oz. fondant brown; reserve 2 1/2 oz. for cake trims. Add 1/2 teaspoon Gum-Tex to remaining 1 1/2 oz. brown fondant. Use Nature Mold to make four large and four small tree branches. Tape pattern to board and cover with waxed paper. Position two large branches over pattern, back side up, to form heart. Position two small branches, back side up, to form base. Overlay remaining branches, front side up. Attach pieces to each other with fondant adhesive. Let set. Turn over and attach remaining branches as above for strength. Let dry 48 hours. Brush with brown Color Dust. Attach birds with fondant adhesive. Roll small orange ovals for feet; attach. Attach lollipop stick to back of base using fondant adhesive, leaving 2 3/4 in. of stick extended at bottom to inset into cake.
Also, make leaves and flowers: Tint 16 oz. fondant moss green for leaves. Use Nature Mold to make:
14 large, 10 medium, 12 small leaves for top
tier branches (sides); 42 small for top tier
border; 20 large, 18 medium, 16 small for
bottom tier branches; 74 small for bottom
tier border. Brush with spruce green Color
Dust. Make flowers using white fondant.
Use Nature Mold to make: 10 small,
10 medium, four large blossoms for top tier;
18 small, 10 medium, 26 large for bottom tier.
Brush blossoms with goldenrod or deep
pink Color Dust. Let all dry on cornstarch dusted
Finally in advance: Prepare base board.
Cut hexagon base 1/2 in. larger than 12 in.
pan on all sides. Tint 24 oz. fondant light
moss green. Prepare and
cover board with rolled fondant.
Bake and cool 2-layer cakes. Ice smooth.
Prepare for Alternate 2-Plate Set-Up. Use reserved brown fondant and
Nature Mold to make six large branches for
top tier (cut 1 in. off each bottom end) and
six large branches for bottom tier. Attach
to cake sides using tip 5 icing dots. Attach
leaves, borders and blossoms with dots
At reception: Assemble cakes with
Separator Set. Insert topper.
* The smallest tier is often saved for the first
anniversary. The number of servings given does
not include the smallest tier.