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A Little Autumn Spice Cake

This beautiful but simple cake will add a Little Autumn Spice to any fall gathering. Surrounded by fondant leaves, this pumpkin apple spice cake, paired with some hot cider, will keep the fall chill at bay.

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Difficulty: Somewhat Difficult



Instructions:

Step 1

One day in advance: Make leaves.

Step 2

Tint fondant following project directions; roll out 1/16 in. thick. Using mini cutters, cut approximately 8 leaves of each color in various shapes.

Step 3

Position on thick shaping foam. Thin edges with large ball tool from confectionery set; move to thin shaping foam.

Step 4

Score vein lines using small end of veining tool from set. Let dry on small flower formers dusted with cornstarch; to vary shape, position leaves on inside and outside of flower formers.

Step 5

Grate chalk and a small amount of cornstarch through tea strainer; brush on leaves.

Step 6

Combine 24 oz. of fondant with 2 teaspoons of Gum-Tex™.

Step 7

Divide fondant into 6 portions; tint light orange, dark orange, light yellow, dark yellow, light red, dark red.

Step 8

Make fondant leaves.

Step 9

Bake and cool cake; position on plate.

Step 10

Position leaves around cake.