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Plush Petunia Garden Cake


The secret to the lush look of this petunia garden cake is the rounded cake top made with the 3-D Sports Ball Pan Set. On a flat surface, you would have more gaps between the flowers. But with a curved top, it?s easy to position the petunias like a floral umbrella!
Makes: Cake serves 26.
Skill Level: Medium

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Step 1

Before starting, please read a helpful hint from the Wilton decorator who made this cake.

One day in advance, make petunias in royal icing.

Pipe 50 petunias with tip 103 and tip 16 star centers in white royal icing. Insert five pearl stamens in each center. Make extras to allow for breakage and let dry overnight.

Step 2

Bake and cool two-layer round cake and half sports ball cake. Use knife to trim sports ball half to 1 1/2 in. high. Position on foil-wrapped cake board.

Step 3

Ice round cake smooth with spatula in green buttercream icing.

Step 4

Use cake divider and toothpick to mark round cake in 12ths at top and bottom of cake. Mark each section in half. Mark diagonal lines in both directions between adjacent top and bottom marks.

Step 5

Starting at the top edge of cake, pipe tip 7 beads in white buttercream icing over diagonal lines, leaving 1/8 in. between each bead. Attach a sugar pearl at each space with a dot of icing.

Step 6

Pipe tip 7 bead bottom border in white buttercream icing.

Step 7

Position half sports ball cake on round cake top. Ice smooth with spatula in green buttercream icing.

Step 8

Position petunias on cake top. Pipe tip 70 leaves in green buttercream icing between flowers.

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Aluminum Foil Squares

2 1/2 in Aluminum Foil Squares

Disposable Decorating Bags

Disposable Decorating Bags

8 x 2  in. Round Pan

8 x 2 in. Round Pan

Cooling Grid

Cooling Grid

Knife

Knife

Plastic ruler

Plastic ruler

10 in. Cake Circle

10 in. Cake Circle

Fanci-Foil Wrap

Fanci-Foil Wrap

Spatula

Spatula

Toothpick

Toothpick

A variety of leaves will help give your cakes a more realistic garden feel. Add piping gel to your icing to help keep your leaves from breaking.

For proper spacing of Petunia petals, try this trick. Pipe tip 103 dots of icing on top of lily nail, dividing in 5ths. Visualize the points of a star. Pipe each petal centered over its dot.

The intersecting teardrop shapes provide heightened texture, especially if you fill in the spaces between teardrops with sugar pearls or piped dots or stars.

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.

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