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Early Bird Cake


Makes: Serves 12.

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Step 1

2 DAYS IN ADVANCE

Make cookies. Prepare and roll out cookie dough following recipe directions. Use knife and patterns to cut out wing and beak cookies. Use largest Cut-Out from rounds Cut-Outs fondant cutter set to cut three circles for baby birds. Bake and cool cookies.

Step 2

Prepare beak cookie. Melt yellow Candy Melts candy according to package directions. Use melted yellow candy in cut parchment bag to attach lollipop stick to back of beak cookie, leaving 3 in. extended from end to insert in cake. Chill until firm, 3 to 5 minutes.

Step 3

1 DAY IN ADVANCE

Bake and cool dinosaur cake. Cake is one layer, 2 in. high. Place on foil-wrapped board, cut to fit. Use knife to trim off spikes and upper left foot from cake.

Step 4

Ice areas smooth. Prepare buttercream icing following recipe directions. Tint portions light and dark royal blue, golden yellow/lemon yellow combination (for yellow), brown/red-red combination (for brown), black and kelly green. Reserve remaining white.

Use spatula and light blue icing to ice cake sides and background areas smooth. Use spatula and yellow icing to ice beak smooth. Use edge of spatula to mark beak separation.

Step 5

Decorate Mama bird. Use tip 3 and dark blue icing to outline bird. Use tip 3 and white icing to outline and pipe in eye. Pat smooth with finger dipped in cornstarch. Use tip 3 and black icing to pipe dot pupil. Use tip 18 and dark blue icing to fill in bird with stars.

Position wing cookie. Starting at back end of wing, use tip 18 and dark blue icing to cover cookie with rows of pull-out stars, overpiping as you move to front of wing.

Step 6

Decorate nest. Use spatula and brown icing to ice nest area smooth. Use tip 4B and brown icing to pipe branches over tail and lower areas of pan. Use tip 18 and brown icing to cover edge of nest with overlapping pull-out stars.

Position baby bird cookies in nest, one at a time, to decorate. Use tip 16 and dark blue icing to cover cookies with stars. Use tip 2 and black icing to outline eyes. Use tip 352 and yellow icing to pipe beaks. Use tip 352 and light green buttercream to pipe leaves.

Step 7

Complete cake. Use tip 21 and light blue buttercream to pipe shell bottom border. Use knife to cut candy worm in half. Use melted candy in cut disposable bag to attach worm to beak. Chill until firm. Insert beak in cake.

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Royal Blue Icing Color

Royal Blue Icing Color

Brown Icing Color

Brown Icing Color

Red-Red Icing Color

Red-Red Icing Color

Black Icing Color

Black Icing Color

Golden Yellow Icing Color

Golden Yellow Icing Color

Kelly Green Icing Color

Kelly Green Icing Color

Lemon Yellow Icing Color

Lemon Yellow Icing Color

Yellow Candy Melts® Candy

1 ounce Yellow Candy Melts® Candy

Favorite cake recipe or mix

Favorite cake recipe or mix

Candy worms

Candy worms

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4 in. Lollipop Sticks

4 in. Lollipop Sticks

13 x 19 in. Cake Boards

13 x 19 in. Cake Boards

Fanci-Foil Wrap

Fanci-Foil Wrap

Disposable Decorating Bags

Disposable Decorating Bags

Knife

Knife

The Shell is the most popular icing technique of all. It's the basis for many borders, fleurs de lis and more. Lift the tip only slightly when piping to avoid a bumpy look.

Characters or designs are often outlined first, then piped in with stars or zigzags. Outlines can also be used for facial features.

The star tip creates the most celebrated, easily accomplished decorations! The serrated edges of the star tip make ridges in the icing as you squeeze it out. Because fill in requires so much piping from the same bag, keep replenishing icing in bag.

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