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Business is Blooming! Cake

This perennial Easter favorite will make the most adorable holiday centerpiece. Sweet bunny is surrounded by candy cordial flowerpots and a brightly-striped awning trimmed with dainty drop flowers. During this busy season it’s so convenient to make all the accessory components in advance.

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Difficulty: Somewhat Difficult



Instructions:

Step 1

At least 1 week in advance, make cart and bunny ears: Prepare two gum paste recipes.

Step 2

Cut ears and let dry on cornstarch-dusted flower formers. Cut two 3 x 6 in. awnings, one 4 1/2 x 6 in. countertop.

Step 3

Tint portion light blue and cut one 4 1/2 x 3 in. side and two 6 x 3 1/2 in. front/back pieces. Poke holes in countertop with lollipop stick. Let all pieces dry on cornstarch-dusted board.

Step 4

When dry, tint portion dark blue and cut awning strips 1 1/2 in. wide x 3 in. long; attach to awning with water. Let dry 2 days.

Step 5

In advance, using royal icing, make 30 each rose and yellow tip 224 drop flowers with tip 2 white dot centers. Make extras for breakage; let dry.

Step 6

Tint white candy lavender, pink, yellow and green; Mold tulips and mini bar flower boxes using painting method. Mold flowerpots in cordial cups mold, using white and cocoa candy tinted with orange color.

Step 7

Cut bottom of tulips flat and attach to pots with candy. Make spaghetti whiskers using tip 3 and royal icing; let dry in craft block. Tint shredded coconut green (see below) link to below instructions.

Step 8

Bake and cool lamb cake. Pipe-in inside ears with tip 3 and rose royal icing. Cut slots in cake and insert ears. Lightly ice cake smooth in buttercream.

Step 9

Attach cart on back of cake with icing.

Step 10

Make brace for awning: Cut lollipop stick pieces; four 7 in., two 4 1/4 in. and two 2 3/4 in. Insert 7 in. sticks through countertop holes and through cake. Hot glue smaller sticks horizontally to tops of 7 in. sticks for brace sides. Glue awning sides together at right angle, then glue to brace.

Step 11

Pipe-in tip 3 eyes and mouth, dot nose. Build up icing for paws. Cover bunny, paws and outside ears with tip 18 stars; overpipe mouth and nose area. Edge cart with tip 3 beads.

Step 12

Attach drop flowers to cart and candy flower boxes with icing; add tip 352 leaves. Attach ribbon bow with icing. Insert whiskers. Add tip 2 message. Position tinted coconut and candy.

Step 13

Tinting Shredded Coconut: Place desired amount of coconut in plastic bag, add a few drops of color and knead until color is evenly blended. Dry on waxed paper.