Paradise Together Cake
Cake serves 26.
- Oval Pan Set 7 3/4 x 5 5/8 x 2 in., 16 1/2 x 12 3/8 x 2 in. used
- 20 in. oval cardboard
- 2 x 2 in. foam square 1/8 in. thick
- Craft block
- 22 gauge florist wire
- Florist tape
In advance, make 16 gum paste flowers (7 rose/peach combination, 9 violet) and 40 gum paste leaves: Prepare gum paste following package directions. Divide into thirds: tint 1/3 rose/peach combination, 1/3 violet, 1/3 green.
Using rose petal cutters from Rose Bouquet Set, cut one of each small and large size petal for each flower.
Place petals on foam squares and soften edges with ball tool from Confectionery Tool Set.
Sprinkle each petal with Cake Sparkles. Using adhesive (instructions in Rose Bouquet Set), attach petals together, placing small petal inside large.
Brush a small ring of adhesive around center of flower and sprinkle area with Cake Sparkles; dip yellow stamens into adhesive and insert into center of flower. Let dry.
Roll out green gum paste and cut a sepal for each flower using calyx cutter from Rose Bouquet Set.
Attach sepal to back of flower with adhesive. Using green gum paste, roll 16 teardrop-shaped cones, about 3/4 in. long, for backs of flowers; flatten bottom and attach to sepals with adhesive.
For two hanging flowers, dip florist wire in adhesive and insert into top of cone; attach to sepals. Let dry.
Cut 40 leaves using green gum paste and rose leaf cutter. Make vein impressions on leaves using veining tool from Confectionery Set. Sprinkle leaves with white or green Cake Sparkles™. Let dry on small flower formers dusted with cornstarch.
Prepare 1-layer 7 3/4 x 5 5/8 in. and 16 1/2 x 12 3/8 in. cakes for rolled fondant by icing lightly with buttercream. Prepare for stacked construction (p. 118) and set smaller cakes slightly back.
Cover cakes with rolled fondant; smooth with Easy Glide Smoothers. Pipe tip 362 shell bottom border. Position figurine, flowers and leaves on cake. Write tip 2 message.
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