In advance: Make candy plaque using candy color set. Tint candy: 12 oz. dark blue (mix blue with black and violet), 10 oz. gray, 1 oz. each, black and light blue. Using Painting or Piping Method (see technique links), fill in black areas around eyes; chill until firm. Fill in light blue under eyes; chill. Pour in candy for gray mask area. Tap to settle; chill until firm. Pour in dark blue to complete plaque. Tap to settle; chill until firm. Use dots of melted candy to attach plaque to foil-covered, cut-to-fit Cake Board.
Bake and cool 2-layer cake. Ice smooth. Cut and insert dowel rods where candy plaque will rest. Use tip 101s to pipe top and bottom zigzag tire tracks, 3/4 in. wide. Use brush to pat smooth.
Position candy plaque. Pipe tip 10 message. Pipe tip 18 rosettes above message; insert candles. Pipe tip 4 bead bottom border. Attach icing decorations to cake sides.
The layered look is one of the most pleasing ways to mold candy?and one of the easiest. A great idea for holiday candies: red, green and white for Christmas, lavender, yellow and white for Easter, orange, yellow and chocolate for Halloween.
Adding color details to candies makes them more realistic and much more fun! For large areas of color, it's best to paint the melted candy right in the mold before the whole candy is molded using a decorator brush. Or, for very small details like vines, mouths and messages, melted candy should be piped onto molded candies using a parchment bag with a small hole cut in the tip.
The rosette has the tight, swirling look of a rose, but is achieved in one continuous rotation, rather than with wrapped layers of petals. Single rosettes are also used as candleholders on top of a cupcake.
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My son loved it. I had to make the plaque 5 times before i got it perfect (I had never done it before). Also, it is difficult working with a 16" cake when you have never done it before. It was a great experience and I am proud of the final result!