Several days in advance: Make last name initial. Draw letter, about 5 in. tall, and tape pattern to cake board; cover with waxed paper and dust with cornstarch. Tint 60 oz. fondant brown to match ribbon. Add?1 teaspoon Gum-Tex to 8 oz. brown fondant (reserve remaining fondant). Roll a 3/8 in. diameter rope and position over pattern; let dry at least 48 hours. Use fondant adhesive to attach 2 (or more, depending on letter) lollipop sticks to back of letter, allowing 2 in. at bottom to insert into cake. Make an extra to allow for breakage and let dry.
Also: Prepare hexagon base board. Cut plywood or foamcore 1 1/2 in. wider on all sides of hexagon pan.
Cover with brown fondant; reserve remaining fondant.
Bake and cool 2-layer round cakes. For hexagon cake, bake and cool 3 layers 2 in. high; trim 1 layer to 1 in. high to make a 5 in. high cake. Prepare cakes for
Stacked Construction. Tint 150 oz. fondant ivory;
cover cakes and smooth with Fondant Smoother. Brush cake tops with Pearl Dust. Stack cakes on base board; pipe tip 4 bead bottom borders in buttercream. Cut 12 ribbons 4 1/4 in. long. Attach to hexagon cake sides with royal icing dots. Cut 2 ribbons to circle each round cake; attach about 1/4 in. apart. Pipe monogram on each side of hexagon cake using tips 1 and 2.
Make tassels. Tint reserve brown fondant a darker shade. Roll out fondant 1/16 in. thick. For each tassel, cut a 2 x 5 in. strip; cut 1 3/4 in. long slits for fringe, 1/8 in. apart. Brush plain edge with damp brush and roll; separate fringe ends slightly. Roll 5/8 in. ball of fondant and attach to top using damp brush. Attach tassels to cake sides using fondant adhesive. Roll out fondant 1/8 in. thick; cut out 6 circles using small opening of tip 2A. Attach to cake corners.
At reception: Insert letter.
*Combine Brown with Black and Red-Red for brown shown.
** The top tier is often saved for the first anniversary. The number of servings given does not include the top tier.
Sweet dreams will last well into the night with this charming cake design. Each tier is decorated with an assortment of different techniques, including brush embroidery. Initial topper adds a personal touch.
Lovebird cakes baked in the smallest pan in our 3-Tier Paisley Pan take center stage on a fondant-covered board strewn with fondant hearts. Serve the kissing-birds confection at a Valentine?s Day celebration, wedding shower or bachelorette party.
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