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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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Cookie Sheet

Cooling Grid

4 in. Lollipop Sticks

13 x 19 in. Cake Board

Fanci-Foil Wrap

Waxed paper

Sharp Knife

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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