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Miracle of the Manger Mini Cakes


The meaning of the season is brought home beautifully in this joyful manger scene. A unique way to decorate for church celebrations or family gatherings.
Makes: Each mini cake serves 1.
Skill Level: Somewhat Easy

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Step 1

In advance: Make cookie heads. Cut 7 circle cookies using smallest round cutter from set; bake and cool. Place on cooling grid and cover with thinned royal icing; let dry. Position cookies on waxed paper and pipe tip 1 dot eyes and string mouths; tip 2 dot noses and cheeks. Add tip 3 zigzag or outline hair, beards and mustaches. Pipe tip 3 outline and pipe in crown, then overpipe. Pipe tip 3 spiral turban with outline and pipe-in jewel. Let all cookies dry. Attach lollipop sticks to backs with royal icing; let dry.

Step 2

Also in advance: Make fondant pieces. For halo and star, tint 1 in. ball of fondant yellow, roll out and cut with smallest round and smallest star cutters. For Joseph's staff, tint 2 in. ball of fondant brown, roll into 7 in. log and curl end. For wings, roll out white fondant and cut using heart cutter; cut heart vertically in half. Let all pieces dry several days on cornstarch-dusted surface. Using royal icing, pipe tip 352 pull-out feathers on wings. Attach lollipop stick to back of star with royal icing.

Step 3

Make 2 resting lambs (the held lamb will be made directly on cake). Bake and cool 7 Mini Wonder Mold cakes and 1 Petite Loaf cake. Trim loaf horizontally on an angle to make slanted manger; ice smooth in buttercream. For Baby, pipe tip 5 ball head and body; add tip 1 facial features. Cover body with tip 47 band wrap; add tip 2 pull-out straw. Ice mini cakes smooth in buttercream; use spatula edge to form folds in robes for angel and Mary. Pipe tip 12 pull-out arms (except for angel). Pipe tip 2 dot, zigzag, swirl and pull-out fur trim on robes; add tip 2 outline cuffs for Mary. Insert cookie heads into cakes. Make and position fondant sash and headpieces. Pipe tip 3 outline headbands; add tip 3 pipe-in and dot button to red headpiece. Position Joseph's staff. Decorate held lamb on cake. Outline and pipe in tip 2 gifts. Add tip 2 bead hands and fingers.

Step 4

Trim dowel rods to 3 in. and insert into angel cake for arms; ice smooth. Fill dowel rod with icing and insert star on stick. Pipe tip 2 bead hands and fingers; attach wings to cake and halo to head with icing. Position figures and lambs on foil-wrapped 13 x 19 in. board; sprinkle board with crushed shredded wheat.

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4 in. Lollipop Sticks

13 x 19 in. Cake Board

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The Zigzag is a popular way to fill in outlined areas, perfect for ribbed sweater and cuff effects. You can also use tight zigzags to cover the entire side of your cake—they look great!

The bead shape makes impressive borders outlines and accents on letters and designs; also a cute trim on clothing and gingerbread houses. The basis for making piped hearts and figure piping.

This contented lamb is the perfect way to top Easter treats or cupcakes for an animal-themed party. Shape the head with a small ball of fondant.

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Miracle of the Manger Mini Cakes is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 10.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love these individual cakes. This is so cute. Kids love the little figurines. They can even help decorate them. A little time consuming if the kids help, but it's a great way to keep them busy for a few hours. Makes a great centerpiece for a pre-Christmas party or Christmas day.
Date published: 2010-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a wonderful Idea for Christmas. I have done similar items with the "brownie pops mold" instead of the Mini wonder mold (much smaller in size) and I am definately looking forward to doing this for this weekends event @ my church.
Date published: 2010-11-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I plan on using the brownie pan as well, only because I already have it. They look a little challenging, but are super cute! My mom loves nativity scenes, so I'm hoping to surprise her with it.
Date published: 2010-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I made "Miracle of the Manger Cakes" and arranged them on a full sheet cake for for my son's scout Troop at Christmas time. It was a huge hit and a lot of fun to make.
Date published: 2011-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very practical and simple idea. Worked on very similar character with this pan. This idea opens up a whole new range of possibilites with this very versatile pan.
Date published: 2010-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is so awesome. can't wait to make it. I collect mini nativity sets and I can't wait to display my own creation. thanks wilton
Date published: 2010-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I DID BROWNIES USING THE BROWNIE POPS MOLD, REALLY AWESOME!! I HAVE RECEIVED SEVERAL ORDERS OF THEM :)
Date published: 2010-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from THIS IS SO CUTE.YOU CAN EVEN DO THIS WITH YOUR KIDS.ITS GREAT FOR THE HOLIDAYS.
Date published: 2010-12-07
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