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Holiday Happiness Cake

Holiday wrapping starts now! Add a festive touch to this cake with seasonal colors, fun cut outs, cute curlicues, and a magnificent ribbon striped bow. Watch our online video.


Difficulty: Medium


Step 1

Several days before decorating cake:

Step 2

Add 1/2 teaspoon Gum-Tex to each packet of red and green fondant in Multi-Packs. Roll out fondant 1/8 in. thick. Make 8 red bow strips using zigzag cutting wheels and 1/2 in. spacers from Ribbon Cutter/Embosser Set.

Step 3

Cut 1 strip approximately 4-1/2 in. long, cut the remaining strips approximately 6-1/2 in. long. Cut 8 green strips about 1/4 in. wide; attach to red strips with damp brush.

Step 4

Shape center and loops, sealing ends, if necessary, with a little water; trim off corners of bow loops to form an outward "V" shape. Allow loops to dry on cornstarch dusted surface, supporting with crushed tissue inside.

Step 5

Make red, green and white curliques. Roll out fondant 1/16 in. thick on surface lightly dusted with cornstarch. Cut into thin strips. Loosely wrap strips several times around a dowel rod to form curls. Let set 5 to 10 minutes. Slide curl off dowel rod and let dry. Reserve remaining fondant.

Step 6

Bake and cool a 2-layer 9-inch round cake. Stack cooled cake layers on foil-covered cake board. Prepare for fondant by lightly icing with buttercream.

Step 7

Reserve 2 in. ball of white fondant for circles; tint remaining fondant light green. Cover cake; smooth.

Step 8

Roll out reserved red fondant 1/8 in. thick. Cut 8 in. long ribbon strips, using Ribbon Cutter/Embosser wheels as for loops. Roll out reserved green fondant 1/8 in. thick; cut 1/4 in. wide strips; attach to red strips with damp brush. Divide cake into 8ths; attach strips at cake divisions with damp brush. Trim off excess.

Step 9

Roll out reserved white fondant 1/8 in. thick. Using smallest round cut-out, cut circles. Attach between ribbon strips with damp brush. Attach bow loops and curliques to cake top fondant adhesive. Attach center loop with fondant adhesive. Allow to dry.