Begin about 1 week in advance: Make
Tint fondant: 60 oz.
light brown (add 2 tablespoons Gum-Tex) and
24 oz. dark brown (add 1 tablespoon Gum-Tex)
for wagon. Roll out light
brown 1/4 in. thick. For sides, cut two 18 x 3 in. and
two 11 1/2 x 3 in. panels. For side trims, cut four
strips each 18 1/2 x 3/4 in. and 12 x 3/4 in. Let dry
for 5 days on cornstarch-dusted board. Reserve
For base, lightly mark a 12 x 18
in. rectangle on foamcore board; position Base
Hitch pattern at center point of 1 end and mark
outline. Cut foamcore and wrap with Fanci-Foil. Roll out fondant 1/8 in. thick. Cut 4 x 5 in.
rectangle to cover Base Hitch area only. Attach
upright side panels and trims using fondant
adhesive; let dry. Reserve remaining light brown
for bear trims.
Roll out half of dark brown 3/16 in.
thick. Cut 4 wheels using largest round cutter
from 101 Cutters Set. Roll out reserved white
fondant; cut 4 wheel centers using smallest
round cutter from set. Roll out remaining dark
brown fondant. Use pattern to cut out handle.
Use knife to cut a 1/4 x 1/2 in. deep slot into 1 end
of Plastic Dowel Rod to hold handle. Brush rod
with Piping Gel; cover with 3 x 12 in. fondant
rectangle, smoothing with hands and keeping
slot clear. Let all pieces dry for 3-4 days on
cornstarch-dusted boards. Attach handle to rod
using fondant adhesive. Let dry. Attach handle
and wheels to wagon at reception.
Make fondant bear. Tint fondant: 20 oz. dark brown (add 2 teaspoons Gum-Tex) for bear; plus 1/2 oz. black for trims, use reserved light brown fondant from wagon. Use small ball of fondant to close off top hole of 1 globe for head. Roll out dark brown fondant 1/8 in. thick. Cut 2 circles, 8 in. diameter. Brush head and body globes with Piping Gel, cover with fondant and smooth with hands. Brush neck area with damp brush and stack globes. Let dry overnight.
Roll 1 x 3 in. logs for legs with feet, 3/4 x 2 1/2 in. logs for arms with hands. Flatten and taper ends; score edges for fingers and toes. Attach to body; support with tissue and let dry completely. Roll 5/8 in. balls for ears; flatten, trim bottom edge and attach. Roll 1 in. ball for muzzle; flatten, shape and attach. Roll 1/4 in. balls for inner ears; flatten, trim bottom edge and attach. Roll 3/16 in. balls for eyes and nose; attach. Draw mouth with FoodWriter. Position on cake top at reception.
Prepare wagon support base.
Use hot glue gun to attach Grecian Pillars to
bottom of 10 x 14 in. cake board, about 1 in.
Bake and cool 3-layer cakes. Trim one 6 in.
and one 8 in. layer to make 5 in. high squares
in yellow and blue. Bake five 10 x 2 in. cakes;
use 3 for rose cake, cut two lengthwise in half
and stack three halves to make 5 x 10 x 6 in. high green rectangle.
Make cake trims. Use reserved fondant to cut fondant ribbons using Ribbon Cutter/Embosser. Cut stars, rounds and hearts using smallest Cut-Outs; attach using damp brush. Reserve remaining fondant. For yellow: Cut 8 in. lengths for 4 flat ribbons and 4 loops using 2 wavy wheels with 1/4 in. spacer; use narrow end of tip 6 to cut and remove center dots. Attach flat ribbons to cake. Form loops, pinch slightly and secure ends with damp brush; support with tissue and let dry on cornstarch-dusted board.
Cut and attach about 60 stars. For blue: Cut 2 strips, 14 in. long, using 2 beaded wheels and no spacer; attach. Cut and attach about 45 rounds. For pink: Cut 10 in. lengths for flat ribbons and 8 1/2 in. lengths for loops. Cut pink base using 2 zigzag wheels with 3/4 in. spacer; cut light pink center strip using 2 straight wheels with 1/2 in. spacer. Attach layers. Attach flat ribbons to cake. Form loops, pinch slightly and secure ends with damp brush; support with tissue and let dry on cornstarch-dusted board. Cut and attach about 70 hearts. For green: Cut strips using 2 wavy wheels and no spacer. Cut six 10 in. lengths and six 7 1/2 in. lengths for flat ribbons; attach. Cut 10 strips, 4 to 6 in. long, for curls. Wrap loosely around Cookie Sticks dusted with cornstarch; let set 15 minutes then slide off and let dry on cornstarch-dusted board.
Make letters. Roll out small amount of reserved dark blue, pink, green and yellow. Cut letters using cutters from set; attach to wagon using damp brush.
At reception: Position wagon on base. Use
fondant adhesive to attach wheels to sides of
wagon to hide pillars. Position cakes. Attach
loops and curls with icing dots. Position bear.
Attach wagon handle, trimming bottom if
needed to create angle..
Nothing says "celebrate" like a cake topped with a lush fondant bow. While the bow looks intricate, it's really just a grouping of fondant strips, folded, wrapped and arranged to create a full effect. When you cut strips with the Fondant Ribbon Cutter/ Embosser, you can create bows with stripes or beaded edge embossed designs. Or place fondant on Imprint Mat and roll over one time to imprint design.
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