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The Gifts Stack Up! Cake

Make-ahead gum paste tree makes this design a stand-out for holiday parties. For extra sparkle, consider edging your tree branches with Sparkling Sugar or Pearl Dust.
Makes: Cake serves 40.
Skill Level: Medium

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Step 1

One week in advance: Prepare gum paste following package directions and tint green. Roll out gum paste 1/8 in. thick and prepare the following (make extras to allow for breakage):

Ring Spacers (to raise tree branches): Cut 1/4 in. wide strips, wrap around plastic dowel rods, trim ends evenly and let dry.

Star Branches: Using all cutters except the smallest, cut 2 stars of each size. Using a plastic dowel rod, cut out center holes. Lay stars on cornstarch-dusted surface to dry several days.

Tint a small amount of fondant yellow and cut out one star using smallest star cutter. Lay on cornstarch-dusted surface to dry. Using royal icing, pipe tip 1 lines on star branches. Let dry.

Step 2

Prepare and cover 2-layer round cake with rolled fondant.

Step 3

Cut 1 in. off end of plastic dowel rod and insert rod into center of cake. Thread gum paste ring spacers and star branches alternately onto rod, stacking stars from largest to smallest.

Attach yellow star to top with royal icing.

Step 4

Using medium Cut-Out, cut square gifts from primary and neon fondant. Attach to cake using damp brush.

Step 5

Pipe dots and string ribbons and bows on squares using Icing Writer. Cut 1/2 in. wide strips of white fondant. Attach in loose folds to bottom border with damp brush. Roll small balls of fondant and attach randomly onto cake with damp brush.

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Pipe dots for flower centers, faces, figure piping and border effects. When making large dots, lift the tip as you squeeze to allow icing to fill out completely.

Ruffles add a decorative top border to your cakes or cupcakes. Pipe ruffles around plaques or to trim doll dresses or bonnets.

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The Gifts Stack Up! Cake is rated 4.4286 out of 5 by 7.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I have done a similar cake to this one. The snowflake cake. This one seems a little easier. Time saving tip - just use mint candies with hollow centers (like breath mints) as spacers instead of rolling gum paste around the dowel. I've used these and it saves so much time!
Date published: 2011-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I made 2 versions of this cake over the holidays. I made gingerbread cookies for the tree and frosted them green and put small colored stars on the tips for ornaments. I had leftover green frosting and so as not to waste it I drizzled it on the cake. I heard it was too pretty to eat. I drizzled the second cake with red frosting. Both were awesome. I made a 10" instead of the 12" rounds for the base. They ate the whole thing. Everyone loved it. Would make again if asked.
Date published: 2012-01-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I made the trees out of cookies, which added some weight on to the cake. We had to remove the tree completely to cut the cake. It was a little messy, but I knew some of the children would rather eat a cookie rather than cake. Turned out very yummy - but for an adult or office party cookies are probably not the best option for the tree.
Date published: 2010-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love the tree out of gum paste. I've made the cookie tree, but the gum paste one is quicker, lighter, and gives a great effect. I like putting cookies around the bottom. It's not as messy as disassembling the cookie tree.
Date published: 2010-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I used this idea and it was a huge hit! I made the tree out of chocolate, and put it on a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting! Definately a chocoholics dream!!!
Date published: 2010-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I made the tree out of white fondant and put shimmer dust on it (very elegant looking) and then made the cake beneath one giant present! huge hit
Date published: 2010-11-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from what does it mean by rings someone help me
Date published: 2011-12-01
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