NEEDED: See the Supply List for our Buttercream Recipe and decorating techniques, plus items you can purchase here. You will also need:
Your favorite cake recipe or mix (12 cups batter needed)
Make Candy Melts candy eggs. Divide 2 oz. candy into six dipping containers. Melt candy following package instructions. Using candy colors, tint candy pale shades of orange, pink, yellow, violet, green and blue. Place melted candy into disposable bags and cut off tip of bags. Pipe candy into silicone mold, filling cavities. Tap mold on counter to remove air bubbles. Chill until set, about 15 to 20 minutes. Unmold. Repeat with remaining candy for a total of 24 candy eggs. Place completed eggs on parchment paper.
Combine Color Dust with small amount of lemon extract until mixture is thin consistency. Dip brush into mixture and flick brush bristles toward candy with finger, creating splatter pattern on candy eggs. Let dry, about 4 to 5 hours.
Prepare and tint icing. Prepare buttercream icing following recipe instructions. Reserve 5 cups white icing. Divide remaining icing into six bowls, 1/2 cup icing per bowl. Tint icing yellow, orange, blue, violet, pink and green as indicated below:
Combine yellow with ivory to get yellow shown.
Combine orange with ivory to get orange shown.
Combine blue with ivory to get blue shown.
Combine violet with ivory to get violet shown.
Combine pink with ivory to get pink shown.
Combine green with ivory to get green shown.
Bake and cool cake. Use your favorite cake recipe or mix to make 12 cups of batter, then bake and cool two cake layers. Trim layers to 1-1/2 inches high for a 3 inch high cake. Fill, stack, and ice cake with white icing, leaving spatula marks on sides and top of cake. Reserve 1/2 cup for border and remaining icing for flowers.
Decorate cake. Place candy eggs around top edge of cake.
Prepare four decorating bags with tip 2D. Using spatula, stripe and fill with small amounts of icing in the following color combinations:
violet, blue, white
pink, yellow, white
yellow, blue, white
violet, orange, white
Pipe flowers around candy eggs.
Prepare decorating bag with tip 67 and green icing. Add leaves around flowers and eggs.
Prepare decorating bag with tip 5 and reserved ½ cup white icing. Pipe bead border around bottom edge of cake.
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.