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3-Dimensional Rock Climber
Our 3-dimensional rock climbers can scale your cake in a variety of poses. Make them in advance with royal icing. After piping the outline harness, add a shoestring licorice rope.
Applying Sugar to Fondant
A dusting of sugar adds dazzle to your fondant accents, boosting the dimension and color.
Hollow blocks, constructed of 4 gum paste squares, are a fun way to camouflage pillars between tiers—the pillars bear the weight.
Baby Cake Topper
Bluebells are a smaller, slightly shallower version of the lily, made in the smaller 1 1/4 in. lily nail. Pipe them in white, pink yellow or the traditional blue.
Carriage, Wheels and Trim
This carriage stands on lollipop stick legs, which are attached to the bottom with balls of fondant. After rolling the fondant balls, be sure to press them lightly against the bottom of the egg mold so that they will conform to its shape without gaps.
This fun fowl is easy to figure pipe directly on your cake using stiff buttercream. Or, you can make them in advance using stiff royal icing on a waxed paper-covered cake board. If made in advance, be sure to store them away from bright or fluorescent light to prevent colors from fading.
The Chrysanthemum is a fall classic that’s easier to pipe than you would think. The secret to success--the curved opening of specialty tip #81 used with a simple leaf-making motion.
Your piped animals can be as lifelike or cartoonish as you want them to be. Begin with a base and add familiar shapes such as dots, balls and strings that give your figure personality.
Watch our online video. Precise measurements are vital to perfect stringwork. You will need to evenly divide your project with the cake dividing set and lightly mark the desired depth of each arc before you begin.
For the elephant trunk, use two lengths of plastic dowel rods as your guide, inserted in your stand-up rubber ducky cake before it is decorated. Cover the pieces with stars when the cake is complete.
Working with fondant is much like shaping figures out of clay. These impish Elves, supported by lollipop sticks and wooden skewers hidden inside, bring seasonal flavor to your table.
Fondant panels take on the delicate beauty of an embroidered cloth using an Eyelet Lace technique. The narrow end of a tip cuts precise holes; use tip 1s to add finely woven details.