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Family Ties Birthday Cake


Makes: Cake serves 12.

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Step 1

1 DAY IN ADVANCE

Bake and cool guitar pan cake. Cake is one layer, 2 in. high. Use knife and pattern to trim neck of guitar into a point for end of tie. Trim top of guitar neck level with body. Prepare buttercream icing following recipe directions. Tint portions of icing brown/red-red combination (for brown), copper (for skin tone shown), black, light red-red and light sky blue. Reserve remaining white. Use spatula to ice cake sides, neck of guitar and background areas smooth. Use toothpick and pattern to mark tie area on cake.

Step 2

Decorate cake. Use tip 3 and black icing to outline and pipe in mouth. Pat smooth with finger dipped in cornstarch. Use tip 3 and light red icing to outline and pipe in tongue. Pat smooth. Use tip 3 and skin tone icing to outline face. Use tip 8 and black icing to pipe outline eyes. Use tip 18 and skin tone icing to fill in face with stars. Use tip 10 and skin tone icing to pipe dot nose and cheeks. Pat smooth. Use tip 3 and light blue icing to outline shirt. Use tip 18 and light blue icing to fill in shirt with stars. Use tip 18 and brown icing to pipe pull-out hair. Use tip 18 and white icing to pipe shell bottom border.

Step 3

Make tie. Use 9 in. fondant roller with purple guide rings to roll out red fondant from primary fondant multi pack 1/8 in. thick. Use knife and pattern to cut out tie. Position tie on cake. Use knife and pattern to cut out a second knot for dimension. Use damp brush to attach second knot to tie. For stripes, use yellow fondant from multi pack and macrame┬┤ fondant and gum paste mold to make five rope borders. Use damp brush to attach ropes to tie, 1 in. apart. Trim as needed.

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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.

Pipe dots for flower centers, faces, figure piping and border effects. When making large dots, lift the tip as you squeeze to allow icing to fill out completely.

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 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.

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