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Attract a Crowd Cake

Cultivate interest with a butterfly garden still life. Top a trio of 6-in Petal Pan cakes with fondant flowers. Further the fun by arranging flitting fondant butterflies around the images.

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Difficulty: Somewhat Easy



Instructions:

Step 1

3 or 4 days in advance: Make butterflies. Separately knead 1 in. balls of neon yellow and neon pink fondant with 1/2 teaspoon of Gum-Tex each. Knead a 1/2 in. ball of neon purple fondant with 1/4 teaspoon of Gum-Tex.

Step 2

For wings, roll out yellow and pink fondant 1/8 in. thick. Using large Cut-Out, cut 2 pink hearts for each butterfly; using medium Cut-Out, cut 2 yellow hearts for each butterfly. Attach yellow to pink heart with damp brush. With craft knife, trim 5/8 in. from bottom of hearts.

Step 3

For antennas, roll very thin 3/8 in. long logs of purple fondant; attach tiny balls at one end with damp brush. Reserve remaining purple fondant.

Step 4

Let all dry on cornstarch-dusted surface. When wings are dry, attach 2 sets together with thinned fondant. Prop at an angle with crumpled paper towels and let dry.

Step 5

To cover cakes, combine 6 oz. white fondant each with 1 in. balls of neon pink, yellow and purple fondant.

Step 6

For stems and leaves, tint a 3 in. ball of white fondant green using Kelly Green Icing Color. Prepare 1-layer cakes for rolled fondant by lightly icing with buttercream. Cover cakes with the pastel purple, yellow and pink fondant mixtures; smooth.

Step 7

Using sponging technique, dab cake tops with matching Brush-On Color. Mark center of cake tops with knife. Using matching neon colors, roll 1/4 x 4 in. long logs. Form loops and position at each petal division. Leave a 1/2 in. opening at each flower center.

Step 8

Roll out matching neon colors 1/8 in. thick and cut a large and medium daisy for each flower center, using Cut-Outs. Insert daisies in center opening. Roll a 3/8 in. white ball and attach for flower center. Cut a 1/4 in. hole on cake sides, 1 in. from bottom.

Step 9

Using green fondant, roll 1/4 x 6 in. long logs for each stem; insert in hole. Roll out green fondant 1/8 in. thick and cut a free-form leaf with craft knife; use veining tool from set to create veins. Position on stem.

Step 10

Using reserved purple fondant, roll a 1 1/4 in. long log for each butterfly body, and a 3/8 in. ball for each head.

Step 11

Attach to wings with thinned fondant.

Attach antennas with thinned fondant. Position butterflies.