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Spring Awakening Cake

Pretty as an Easter centerpiece and just as tasty! This flower cake - including candy grass - will certainly cause a lot of oohs and ahhs to sprout.

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Difficulty: Somewhat Difficult



Instructions:

Step 1

1 day in advance: Make cookies. Prepare and roll out dough. Cut tulips using cutter from set; cut off stems. Bake and cool. Use tip 3 to outline cookies with full-strength color flow icing; flow in with thinned color flow. Let dry 24 hours. Attach Lollipop Sticks to backs using melted candy. Let set.

Step 2

Also: Make blades of grass. Melt candy and tint green, combining green with some yellow candy color. Using cut parchment bag, pipe individual tapered blades of grass on waxed paper-covered boards. Make 283 blades 1 1/4 in. long for cake top; make 456 blades 5 1/4 in. long for around cake. Make extras to allow for breakage. Chill until firm. And: Prepare base board. Cut 2 cake boards 7 1/2 in. square. Tape together and wrap with foil.

Step 3

Bake and cool 2-layer cake. Ice smooth. Position on board or serving plate. Insert short blades of grass into cake to cover top. Chill cake and long blades of grass. Use melted candy to attach long blades of grass around cake, 26 per side and 4 rows deep. Work one side of cake at a time, chilling cake and grass as needed so melted candy will set up quicker. Insert cookies into cake, trimming sticks as needed.