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Surprise Packages Cake

What a great way to celebrate a party! Have the cakes be part of the “gifts”. Thanks to the easy and flexibility of Ready-To-Use Gum Paste and Fondant, ribbons, bow and appliqués are easy to create and assemble.


Difficulty: Somewhat Easy


Step 1

In advance, make gum paste trims. Tint gum paste as follows: 3 oz. light green, 14 oz. light rose, 5 oz. medium teal.

Step 2

To make green bow, roll green gum paste 1/16 in. thick (using pink spacers on rolling pin) by 1 1/2 in. wide. Cut into two 6 in. strips; pinch short ends together and lay on side on cornstarch-covered board to dry. Reserve green gum paste for knot. When bow loops are completely dry, cut 1 strips 3 in. long x 1 1/2 in. wide and wrap around ends of bow and attach with damp brush.

Step 3

For light rose bow: Roll light rose gum paste 1/16 in. thick and cut 15 to 18 strips measuring 8 in. long x 1 in. wide. Pinch short ends together and let dry on cornstarch-covered board.

Step 4

For teal curlicues: Roll teal fondant 1/16 in. thick and cut into 1/4 wide strips with lengths varying from 10 to 12 in. long. Wrap strips around dowel rod to curl and gently slide off. Separate curls and let drive on cornstarch-covered board. Continue making curlicues until all teal gum paste is used.

Step 5

Tint fondant as follows: Tint 1/2 package violet with a small amount of rose, 1/4 package same shade of teal as curlicues, 1/2 package light rose to match bow, 1/2 package medium rose, 1/2 package medium green. Keep covered until ready to use.

Step 6

Bake cakes as follows: 8 in. square (two, 2 in. layers and one, 1 in. layer); 10 in. square (two, 2 in. layers); 12 in. square (two, 1 1/2 in. layers); 8 x3 in. round (one layer). Let cool. Ice cakes smooth with buttercream. To achieve shade for 12 in. square cake, mix equal parts of Violet and Royal Blue Icing Colors.

Step 7

For 8 in. cakes: Prepare for stacked construction. Cover top and sides on 1 in. layer cake with medium rose fondant. Roll out strips of light rose fondant and cut 1/4 in. wide and 3/4 in. wide; attach alternating sizes to cake side. Pipe tip 5 dots on 3/4 in. wide strips (smooth with finger dipped in cornstarch).

Step 8

For 10 in cakes: Cut 1 in. wide teal fondant strips for package bow; attach to iced cake. Use tip 3 and teal icing to pipe swirls on cake.

Step 9

For 12 in. cake: Cut 1 in. wide violet fondant strips to fit for ribbons on two sides of cake; attach. Cut small and mediums stars with cut-outs and randomly position on cake.

Step 10

For 8 in. round: Cover top of cake with medium green fondant. Cut a 3/4 in strip of medium green fondant to fit around top edge of cake. Cut 1 in. medium green circles using large open side of large tip (either 1M, 2A or 2B). Position on cake. Place 8 in. round on 12 in. square cake. Position bows and curlicues on top of cakes. Place cakes on stand.