Make tongue at least 24 hours ahead of time. Add Christmas Red and Red-Red Icing Colors to 1/2 cup fondant to achieve shade used for tongue. Cut tongue pattern from fondant. Use pointed end of brush to score center line on tongue. Dip 1 in. of lollipop stick in water and wrap straight end of tongue around 1 in. end. To dry, place on flower former dusted with cornstarch. Let dry at least 24 hours.
Using royal icing, make 24 tip 190 drop flowers. For flower centers, roll pieces of red fondant into little balls. Brush flower centers with water and attach. Let dry.
flies using royal icing and tips 3, 6, 8, and 102. Let dry.
Cut lily pad from cake circle using pattern. Tint fondant green, (reserve 1/4 cup of white fondant). Wipe cake circle with damp towel and cover with fondant.
Roll edges of fondant under cake circle and trim. Mark vein lines with pointed end of decorator brush. Let dry; keep out of direct light to prevent fading.
Ice 1-layer 14 in. cake smooth. Comb top and sides of cake. Insert dowel rods in center of cake to support lily pad and frog. Position lily pad.
Make frog cake from a firm pound cake. Position frog cake on lily pad to decorate. Build up mouth, eyes and feet with tip 12. Cover whites of eyes with pieces of fondant. Cover head completely with tip 16 stars. Pipe in tip 4 pupils and mouth (smooth with finger dipped in cornstarch).
For arms, cut dowel rod into two 6 in. lengths. Insert into cake. Pipe icing inside of "arm" as a foundation for "fingers". Insert 3 lollipop sticks in right arm for balloons. For "fingers" of open hand, cut 2 lollipop sticks to 3 in. lengths, fold in half and insert in arm. Outline legs and bottom body area with tip 4 strings. Cover body, legs, arms and fingers with tip 16 stars.
For bottom border, pipe tip 70 leaves and tip 75 thick grass. Position flowers.
Just before serving, position tongue, balloons and flies.
This perky pachyderm cake brings a ton of birthday greetings to the party (he?s made from our Stand-Up Cuddly Bear Pan). Treat the guest-of-honor to a special Jumbo Muffin of his own or add more muffins for larger parties.
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