Use color flow techniques and melted candy to create a celebratory scene atop and around a 2-layer Round Pan cake. Sans Silver 25th Anniversary Pick, this cake works beautifully for New Year?s Eve parties.
At least 3 days in advance: Outline and flow in champagne bottle and glasses using patterns, color flow and tips 2 and 3. For glasses, flow in champagne area without outlining. Also: Make bubbles on waxed paper using thinned color flow in cut parchment bag. Make 30 single 1/2 in. diameter bubbles and 25 single 3/8?in. diameter bubbles; also make bubble groupings for rims of glasses using various sizes (largest at 7/8 in. diameter). Let dry at least 48 hours.
At least 1 day in advance: Assemble bubble spray. Cut six 22-gauge florist wires from 11 to 14 in. long. Tape wires together 3 1/2 in. from bottom. Cut spikes on Anniversary Pick to 1/2 in. long. Cut two 18-gauge florist wires to 6 in. long; attach to pick with hot glue. Position the pick at center of 22-gauge wire grouping; bend wires to create spray look. Attach bubbles to spray with melted candy; let set. Attach spray at top of bottle; attach a lollipop stick cut to 7 in. at bottom of bottle with melted candy, positioning bottle at an angle on the stick; let set. On glass for cake top, attach an 8 in. stick at an angle, extending stick 4 in. at bottom; let set. Using full-strength color flow, attach bubbles to glasses. On glass for cake side, pipe tip 8 pull-out spikes, 1 in. long.
Ice sides of 2-layer cake smooth in buttercream. Make scallop pattern. Cut a 3 in. wide strip of waxed paper, long enough to wrap around cake. Mark scallops on top edge of strip using wide end of tip 789; position tip so that its curve is 1/2 in. deep from top edge of strip. Mark scallops approximately 2 1/4 in. apart on strip. Cut out marked area. When icing has crusted, position pattern around cake. Ice top and pattern area on sides smooth with blue buttercream; remove pattern. Pipe tip 5 double drop strings on scallops and loops above scallop points. Pipe tip 8 ball bottom border varying ball sizes. Insert glass on cake side; insert bottle and glass on cake top.
*Combine Leaf Green with Lemon Yellow for green shade shown. Combine Violet with Rose for violet shade shown.
The drop string is traditionally used as decoration on the sides of the cake and is the basis of more ornate string work. Called a "drop" string because the line of piped icing is allowed to "drop" or fall, by itself, before reattaching it to your cake. Pipe a row of single strings or multiple strings in rows of two or three.