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Your Proudest Day Cake



Step 1

In advance: Make bench. Tint 2 in. fondant ball light brown; knead in 1/4 teaspoon Gum-Tex. Roll out 1/8 in. thick. Cut 1 1/4 x 3 1/4 in. rectangle for seat. For legs, trim 4 lollipop sticks to 3 1/4 in. Roll out fondant 1/16 in. thick. Cut 5/8 x 1 1/4 in. strip. Brush back with damp brush and wrap around one end of stick leaving 2 in. exposed to insert into cake; smooth seam. Let all pieces dry on cornstarch-dusted board. When dry, attach legs to seat using fondant adhesive; let dry at least 48 hours. Also: Make royal icing drop flowers. Pipe 75 with tip 225 in light rose and 75 with tip 129 in dark rose (make extras to allow for breakage). Pipe tip 2 dot centers; let dry. And: Use thinned royal icing to paint dress and shoes on ornament; let dry. Roll out white fondant 1/8 in. thick. Cut a 3 x 3 in. piece to wrap around baby figurine. Brush back with damp brush and position on couple ornament; let dry.

Step 2

Bake and cool cakes using smallest and largest oval pans from set. Prepare cakes for rolled fondant and Stacked Construction; cover and smooth with Fondant Smoother. Sponge thinned light green royal icing onto lower half of cake sides using crushed waxed paper. Stack cakes on foil-wrapped cake board cut to fit; position bench, inserting exposed end of sticks into cake. Using buttercream, pipe tip 20 shell bottom borders. Attach flowers; pipe tip 349 leaves. Imprint message on cake using message press; write tip 3 message. Position ornament.