Prepare one gum paste recipe following package directions. Mix 16 oz. of fondant with gum paste; tint red. Roll out mixture 1/2 in. thick; cut four wheels with round cutter. Indent center of wheel for hubcap; fill with white fondant. Let dry on cornstarch-dusted board.
Cut cake board to 7 x 11 in. and
cover with white fondant; let dry. When fondant dries, attach pillars horizontally to underside with tape. Shape 1 in. thick x 1 1/2 in. wide fondant base for hat. Shape top of hat 3/4 in. thick x 3 in. wide, round edges and let dry. Tint portion of fondant blue and cut a 3/8 in. wide hat ribbon; attach around base of hat; cross ends. Roll a small ball for button; flatten and attach to top of hat. Attach hat top to base with water and set aside.
Prepare cakes for
stacked construction. Prepare and cover sheet cake with blue-tinted fondant; smooth. Position duck cake on board cut to fit. Ice beak smooth, pipe-in tip 8 eyes. Cover body with tip 16 stars; cover wings with tip 16 pull out feathers. Position sheet cake on fondant-covered board; position duck cake. Place hat on duck. Cut a 1/2 in. wide blue fondant tie and position around neck; cross ends. Push 8 in. dowel rods horizontally through cake, 1 inch from top, leaving 1/2 in. exposed at each end. Attach wheels to exposed dowel rods with fondant. For pull string, insert licorice in flat jelly candy; insert other end in cake.
The star tip creates the most popular, easily accomplished decorations! The serrated edges of the star tip makes ridges in the icing as you squeeze it out. Use for borders, details such as buttons and facial features, flower centers, filling in cakes baked in shaped pans.