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Monkey-Go-Round Canopy Cake


Makes: Cake serves 40.

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Step 1

2 days in advance: Prepare zebras, monkeys, carousel canopy and pillar placement pattern. Tint fondant: 48 oz. dark green, 6 oz. brown, 1/2 oz. light brown, Reserve all excess fondant.

Zebras: Position horses on pillars at various heights, allowing 3 in. at bottom for inserting in cake. Insert in craft block to decorate. Paint details with thinned royal icing: black stripes, yellow saddles and bridles, ivory pillars. Let dry at least 24 hours.

Make monkeys: Shape and attach the following features for each monkey in brown fondant with damp brush: 3/4 in. x 1 in. torso, 3/8 in. x 1 3/4 in. legs, 1/4 in. x 1 1/2 in. arms, 1/4 in. x 2 1/2 in. tail, 3/4 in. ball head. For ears, roll out brown fondant 1/8 in. thick. Cut a circle using wide end of tip 2; cut in half and attach. For muzzle, roll out light brown fondant 1/8 in. thick. Cut a circle using narrow end of tip 2A; attach. Draw eyes, nose and mouth with black edible marker.

Canopy: Roll out dark green fondant 1/8 in. thick. Use fondant cutter to cut a 13 in. circle; cover canopy, securing with piping gel. Use pattern and knife to cut 16 leaves; cut triangle slits in various sizes. Paint veins with Leaf Green icing color/lemon extract mixture. Attach leaves to canopy with damp brush. Cover finial top with dark green fondant.

Step 2

Also: Make flowers. Tint 1 1/2 oz. fondant violet. Roll out 1/8 in. thick. Use mini punch to cut approximately 75 flowers. Cup centers on thick foam using small ball tool. Let dry on cornstarch-dusted small sections of flower former.

Step 3

Bake and cool 1-layer cake. Ice cake smooth with light green buttercream. Position on cake base. Use 10 in. plate from kit to mark pillar placement on cake top.

Step 4

Roll out reserved dark green fondant 1/8 in. thick. Cut three strips, 2 1/2 in. x 12 in. Use punch with grass insert to cut border. Attach around cake with piping gel. Repeat for second layer with three strips, 2 1/4 in. x 12 in., and third layer with three strips 1 3/4 in. x 12 in. Cut four strips, 1 1/2 in. x 4 in.; cut grass as above. Attach ends with damp brush and position at pillar markings. Attach flowers and pipe tip 2 dot centers with buttercream. Attach edible paper letters to cake with piping gel.

Step 5

At party: Insert canopy pillars, zebras and monkeys. Position canopy. Attach ribbon around base with tape.

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