Our Family's Branching Out Cake Zoom

Our Family's Branching Out Cake

Every family member is accounted for on his dessert. Round cookies are decorated to resemble each relative. Hung on branches made with florist wire and green florist tape and green leaves.
Makes: Cake serves 40; each cookie serves 1.
Skill Level: Medium

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Step 1

In advance: Cut Roll-Out Cookie Dough using Circle Metal Cutter; cut a hole at top using narrow end of tip 4; bake and cool.

Step 2

Using royal icing, pipe 20 tip 2D swirl drop flowers with tip 3 dot centers on waxed paper. Using thinned royal icing in cut parchment bag, pipe 1 and 1 1/2 in. circle faces on waxed paper; let dry.

Step 3

Attach faces to cookies with royal icing. Using thinned royal icing in cut bag, pipe dot nose. Using full-strength royal icing, pipe hair with tips 3 and 13. Draw eyes and mouth with FoodWriter? markers.

Step 4

Also: Make 12 branches using 18-gauge wrapped florist wire, using one 14 in. and one 10 in. length for each branch. Twist the 2 lengths together leaving 4 in. length of single wire at bottom.

Step 5

Wrap with florist tape, adding 3 Green Leaves and leaving 4 in. at bottom untaped. Tape on an 8 in. wire for side branch; add 2 leaves.

Step 6

Ice smooth 2-layer 12 in. round cake (3 in. high) in buttercream and prepare for tall-tier construction, using one 6 1/2 and one 7 3/4 in. column for tree trunk.

Step 7

Pipe tip 21 shell bottom border and tip 18 shell top border. Print tip 4 message. Attach flowers with icing and add tip 352 leaves.

Step 8

Insert branches in center column; if all wires won't fit, attach to outside of column with melted candy, then wrap with floral tape.

Step 9

Lightly ice trunk; overpipe with tip 21 stripes. Thread a 12 in. curling ribbon through hole in cookie; tie onto branches.

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parchment bag

Waxed paper

18-gauge florist wire

Green florist tape

Green curling ribbon

Drop flowers are a great way to add flowers quickly. Pipe drop flowers in buttercream directly on your cake, or pipe in royal in advance and place your flowers anywhere. Flowers will be sharper in definition when piped in royal.

The Shell is the most popular icing technique of all. It's the basis for many borders, fleurs de lis and more. Lift the tip only slightly when piping to avoid a bumpy look.

Pipe dots for flower centers, faces, figure piping and border effects. When making large dots, lift the tip as you squeeze to allow icing to fill out completely.

Add that special touch to your cake with your special someone´s name.

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