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They Deliver For You Cake

Prepare the figure-piped storks for take-off 3 days ahead. The easy-to-decorate stand-up house and cake base runway ensure on-time arrival at the shower.

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Step 1

At least 3 days in advance: Make storks. Prepare cake base. Attach a cake board to bottom of craft block with icing and wrap with foil. Tint 8 oz. fondant blue, 8 oz. green, reserve 8 oz. white. Roll fondant 1/8 in. thick and cut4 x 16 in. blue runway strip and 6 x 16 in. grass strip. Brush backs with water and attach to cake base; smooth strips together. Attach white ribbon to base of craft block and icing decorations to ribbon with royal icing; let dry. To make baby conveyor belt, roll out and cut 4 x 3/4 in. strip of white fondant; let dry on waxed paper board covered with cornstarch. Keep prepared base away from light to prevent fading.

Step 2

Trim off front and bottom of house cake to level. Attach house to cake base with icing. Ice smooth; spatula ice roof fluffy. Pipe tip 12 band eaves. Mark door and window areas with toothpick as follows: Front windows 3/4 x 1 1/2 in. high; door 1 3/4 x 3 1/2 in. high, side windows 1 1/4 x 1 1/2 in. high. Pipe in areas with tip 3; smooth with finger dipped in cornstarch. Outline doors and windows with tip 55; add tip 2 dots and message. Pipe tip 233 pull-out grass around house. Insert storks into cake. Using royal icing, cover legs with tip 5; pipe tip 3 outline feet. Pipe tip 3 center lines on runway.

Step 3

Insert two 2 in. lengths of dowel rods into cake base for conveyor belt base, positioning at height of side window ledge. Position fondant conveyor belt. Tie babies with ribbon; position on conveyor belt and on beaks of storks.