Our Family's Branching Out Cake
Cake serves 40; each cookie serves 1.
In advance: Cut Roll-Out Cookie Dough using Circle Metal Cutter; cut a hole at top using narrow end of tip 4; bake and cool.
Using royal icing, pipe 20 tip 2D swirl drop flowers with tip 3 dot centers on waxed paper. Using thinned royal icing in cut parchment bag, pipe 1 and 1 1/2 in. circle faces on waxed paper; let dry.
Attach faces to cookies with royal icing. Using thinned royal icing in cut bag, pipe dot nose. Using full-strength royal icing, pipe hair with tips 3 and 13. Draw eyes and mouth with FoodWriter™ markers.
Also: Make 12 branches using 18-gauge wrapped florist wire, using one 14 in. and one 10 in. length for each branch. Twist the 2 lengths together leaving 4 in. length of single wire at bottom.
Wrap with florist tape, adding 3 Green Leaves and leaving 4 in. at bottom untaped. Tape on an 8 in. wire for side branch; add 2 leaves.
Ice smooth 2-layer 12 in. round cake (3 in. high) in buttercream and prepare for tall-tier construction, using one 6 1/2 and one 7 3/4 in. column for tree trunk.
Pipe tip 21 shell bottom border and tip 18 shell top border. Print tip 4 message. Attach flowers with icing and add tip 352 leaves.
Insert branches in center column; if all wires won't fit, attach to outside of column with melted candy, then wrap with floral tape.
Lightly ice trunk; overpipe with tip 21 stripes. Thread a 12 in. curling ribbon through hole in cookie; tie onto branches.
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