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A Very Merry Go Round Cake

Complete your holiday party with A Very Merry-Go-Round. Gingerbread boy cookies border each of the two tiers of this cake. Seasonal treats, such as spice drops and candy canes, complete the decorations.


Difficulty: Somewhat Easy


Step 1

Tint 12 oz. fondant brown and red combination; roll out 1/8 in. thick.

Step 2

Using second smallest cutter from set, cut 14 gingerbread boys; let dry on cookie sheet dusted with cornstarch.

Step 3

Using royal icing, pipe tip 2 dot and string facial features and trim on gingerbread boys.

Step 4

Tint 6 oz. fondant red and reserve 6 oz. white; roll out 1/8 in. thick. Using knife, cut 1/4 in. strips of each color and wrap around top half of hidden pillars, attaching with damp brush; set aside.

Step 5

Prepare 2-layer 6 and 10 in. cakes (3 in. high) for Push-In Pillar Construction.

Step 6

Ice cakes smooth in chocolate buttercream, 1/2 in. thick on sides.

Step 7

Immediately comb sides with Icing Sculptor, using yellow blades with U-shaped edge.

Step 8

Insert hidden pillars into 10 in. cake, so that fondant strips rest just above cake. Position 6 in. cake on separator plate.

Step 9

Pipe tip 1M rosette top and bottom borders. Cover top tier with tip 1M rosettes, adding a second row in center.

Step 10

Position spice drop and sprinkle nonpareils on each rosette.

Step 11

Position gingerbread boys and small candy canes around cakes. Insert large candy canes.