Shimmering Snowflake Tree Cake
Cake serves 60.
Make several copies of patterns and cover with waxed paper. Using royal icing and tip 2, pipe seventeen whole, seventy-three 3/4-size and fourteen 1/2-size snowflakes. Make double amount to allow for breakage; let dry. Cut top tier lollipop sticks: one at 8 in., eight each at 6 in. and 4 in. Attach a whole snowflake to each stick with royal icing. Insert in craft block to dry.
Ice 1-layer cakes smooth in buttercream and prepare for stacked construction. Pipe tip 5 bead bottom borders. Insert whole snowflakes on sticks in cake, following placement pattern.
Attach 3/4-size snowflakes 3/4 in. apart on edge of top cake, using tip 2 and royal icing. Repeat process on edges of other two cakes, positioning 3/4-size snowflakes between those on the previous cake. Place cake on stand. Position 1/2-size snowflakes on crystal-look plate.
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