In advance: Make Jack-in-the-box lid and clown. After making each piece, let dry completely on cornstarch-dusted surface. Add 4 teaspoons of Gum-Tex to 48 oz. of fondant. For lid, roll out fondant 1/8 in. thick and cut into 6 in. square. Tint 41/2 oz. fondant rose, 41/2 oz. blue, 10 oz. yellow, 3 oz. green, 2 oz. copper (skin tone).
For head, roll out copper fondant 1/8 in. thick and cut with round Comfort Grip cutter. Roll out white, yellow and blue fondant 1/8 in. thick; using patterns cut out mouth, hat and brim; attach. Roll and attach a 1/2 in. ball of blue fondant for pompom at point of hat. Attach brim to hat with damp brush; carefully fold pointed edges of brim forward. Roll and attach a 3/4 in. ball of rose fondant for nose. For hair, roll out rose fondant 1/16 in. thick and cut 2 x 1/8 in. wide strips. Wrap strips around skewers and let set for 10-15 minutes. Remove strips and attach to head with damp brush. When dry, draw smile and eyes with black FoodWriter. For arms, trim wooden dowel rods to 5 in. long; roll out fondant 1/4 in. thick and cut two 1 1/2 x 2 in. long strips. Wrap strips around 5 in. dowel rods, leaving approximately 3 in. uncovered; trim left arm fondant slightly shorter. For sleeve ruffles, cut two 1/2 in. wide blue fondant strips. Thin and ruffle one edge on each with ball tool from confectionery tool
set; form into a circle and attach to wrists with damp brush. For collar, cut two 1 in. wide blue fondant strips; thin edge and ruffle as for sleeves to create two 1/2 circles. Attach 1/2 circles together with damp brush; let dry. For hands, shape two 1 x 7/8 in. wide pieces of green fondant; form one round end and cut notch for thumb on each. Attach to arm with damp brush. Using thinned fondant, attach cookie stick to back of head.
Also in advance: Make 4 baby bottles.
Ice cakes smooth and prepare for
Push-In Pillar Construction. Position petal cake on double-thick cake board wrapped in foil and square cake on 6 in. cake board. For block borders, roll out assorted colors of fondant 1/8 in. thick and cut into 1/2 in. wide strips, 4 and 6 in. long; attach to edges of square cake. Using letter cookie cutters, cut B, A, B, Y; attach to sides of cake. For bibs, cut assorted color fondant circles using medium round cutter from 101 Cutters Set; cut neck opening using small round Cut-Out. For scallop bib trim, cut circles using wide end of tip 2; cut in half and attach to large circle with damp brush. Print tip 2 message in buttercream. For bows, cut 1/2 x 3 in. long fondant strips; fold ends over to form bow; pinch in center to secure. For knot, cut a 1/4 x 1/2 in. fondant piece; attach and let dry. Attach bibs to cake sides with dots of buttercream. For bottom border of petal cake, roll 3/8 in. round white fondant balls; attach with dots of
buttercream. Tape ribbon around base cake board.
At reception: Assemble cakes. Position 6 in. plate on twist legs. Slide baby bottles over legs and insert legs in petal cake. Attach 6 in. square cake to plate with icing. Insert clown head, position collar and insert arms in square cake. Insert an 8 in. wooden dowel rod behind clown head to support lid. Attach lid with buttercream; prop against dowel rod.
*Combine Leaf Green with a little Lemon Yellow for green shade shown.
After you?ve wrapped the hidden pillar with fondant, be sure to immediately ?shave? into hexagonal sides. The fondant must be cut when soft to create a smooth shape. After shaving, use an Easy-Glide Fondant Smoother to sharpen the corners on each side.