Snowflake Ornament Mini Cakes
solid vegetable shortening
Each mini cake serves 1.
For each ornament holder and hook, tint 1/2 oz. of gum paste gray using black icing color. Soften portion of gum paste with shortening. Use Decorative Press with three-hole insert to make thin ropes. Cut to 3 in. lengths and shape into hooks. Reserve remaining gray gum paste.
Bake and cool cakes in Mini Ball Pan following pan instructions. Level bottom of cakes with sharp knife.
Place cake halves on cooling grid positioned over parchment paper. Cover each cake half one at a time with melted red or green candy. Tap on counter to remove air bubbles. Remove from cooling grid and place on parchment paper. Refrigerate to set.
Place circle cutter on non-stick cookie sheet and fill 1/8 in. thick with melted red for base. Refrigerate to set. Repeat with melted green candy.
Using reserved gray gum paste, roll 3/4 in. ball, flatten slightly. Roll 1/4 in. ball; attach to top of large gray ball with damp brush. Insert hook in top. Attach to ornament with matching melted candy. Paint holder and hook with silver pearl dust mixed with lemon extract.
Place snowflake pattern over ornament and use toothpick to imprint design.
Use tip 2 and melted white candy in disposable decorating bag to outline pattern. Chill to set. Use tip 4 and matching melted candy matching ornament to pipe dots around seams; chill to set.
Attach holder to ornament with matching melted candy. Hold in place and chill to set.
Use edible marker in icing decorations to print names on gift tags. Tie ribbon to tag and ornament.
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