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Starting Out On Top! Cake

Celebrate this number one birthday in the biggest way! Create a candy plaque number 1; decorate the 2 tiered cake with easy-to-work-with fondant letters and trim.
Makes: Cake serves 48.
Skill Level: Medium

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Step 1

In advance: Make fondant "Happy Birthday." Mix 3/4 teaspoon Gum-Tex into 8 oz. fondant; tint blue. Roll out 1/8 in. thick. Cut out letters using alphabet cutters from 101 Cutters Set. Let set at least 1 hour. Turn over and set flat on waxed paper-covered board. Roll out remaining blue fondant 1/4 in. thick. Cut 13 circles using smallest Cut-Out; attach a circle to the back of each letter using damp brush. Cut lollipop sticks to 3 in. long. Dip end in water and push into circle at right angle to letter. Shape circle fondant around stick for support. Let dry.

Step 2

Also: Make candy plaque. Use Number 1 pan, filling just the recessed number area with melted candy. Refrigerate until firm; unmold; return to room temperature. Roll out remaining blue fondant 1/8 in. thick. Use smallest Cut-Out to cut circles; attach around edge of plaque with melted candy. Tint 6 oz. fondant violet. Press into Alphabet Candy Mold dusted with cornstarch to make name letters. Unmold; use knife to trim and smooth edges. Reserve leftover fondant. Attach name letters to candy plaque with melted candy. Store out of direct sunlight to prevent fading.

Step 3

And: Make baby's hat. Tint 6 oz. fondant yellow; roll out a small amount 3/16 in. thick; reserve remainder. Cut a 1 1/2 x 2 in. high triangle with knife. Trim curve at base to fit on baby's head; reserve leftover fondant. Let dry on cornstarch-dusted surface.

Step 4

Bake and cool 1-layer 14 in. cake and 2-layer 10 in. cake. Ice smooth and prepare for Stacked Construction on cake base. Tint 6 oz. portions of fondant green and rose; use remaining violet. Roll out colors 1/8 in. thick. Use medium Cut-Out to cut 6 circles in each color. Attach to sides of 10 in. cake; use extra icing if needed. Use Cutter/Embosser Set to make 9-10 strips in yellow, green and violet for side of 14 in. cake. Cut yellow using 2 wavy cutting wheels with 1/3 in. spacer. Cut green using 2 zigzag cutting wheels with 1/4 in. spacer. Cut violet using 2 straight cutting wheels with 2 beaded embossing wheels. Attach to cake sides, about 1 in. apart; use extra icing if needed. Pipe tip 5 ball bottom border on both cakes. Attach hat to baby topper with fondant adhesive. Use icing to pipe tip 2 pull-out dot fringe and pompom. Use melted candy to attach 2 plastic dowel rods to back of candy plaque, leaving 6 in. exposed at bottom; let set. Insert letters on sides of 10 in. cake, set about 1 in. away from cake side. At Party: Insert candy plaque and position baby topper.

* Combine Violet with Rose for violet shown. Combine Leaf Green with Lemon Yellow for green shown.

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10 x 3 in. Round Pan

14 x 3 in. Round Pan

6 in. Lollipop Sticks

Cake Boards

Waxed paper


Add subtle textures to fondant using our Fondant Ribbon Cutter/Embosser. This easy-to-use tool imprints elegant designs as it cuts fondant strips in a variety of widths and also imprints a beaded edge or textured striping. It's another great way to add a beautiful dimensional look to fondant cakes.

The ball shape makes bold borders and is the first step to learn for figure piping. Vary the basic look by adding stars, dots or spirals on the ball shapes.

A simple way to add color and visual interest to a cake. Cutouts are fondant shapes that can be made in a variety of sizes and colors.

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