Capture all the family picnic action with this cake. Decorate a sheet cake with assorted sizes of cutters from our Gingerbread Boys Metal Nesting Cutter Set. Pipe clothes, facial features, hair, tree, handle and basket with Royal Icing.
Make cookie dough. Cut out 1 tree and 3 baskets. Use gingerbread boy cutters to cut out a variety of family members. Bake and cool.
To make basket handle, on waxed paper use royal icing to pipe tip 14 "rope" handle; let dry. When completely dry, turn over and repeat. Let dry; set aside.
Stack and ice 3 basket pieces together with royal icing; ice top smooth. Pipe tip 14 basketweave on sides and tip 3 rope top border. Attach basket handle with royal icing.
Use tip 18 and royal icing to pipe stripe trunk and branches; add tip 352 pull-out leaves. Decorate family members with royal icing: Pipe-in tip 3 clothes (smooth with finger dipped in cornstarch). Pipe tip 2 string or tip 16 swirl hair. Cover some clothes with tip 16 stars. Outline tip 1 facial features, dots, flowers and stripes on clothes. Let dry.
In buttercream, ice 1-layer cake. Using toothpick, mark a 7 x 8 in. area on cake top and divide into 1 inch squares. Pipe-in tip 16 star checkered tablecloth.
Use royal icing to attach lollipop sticks to backs of cookies except two with jump rope. Pipe tip 233 pull-out grass bottom border.
Insert cookies into cake. Position basket on tablecloth. Attach two children jumping rope to cake side; cut shoestring licorice and attach in hands with icing.
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