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A Delicate Balance Cake

A Delicate Balance Cake reminds the happy couple that marriage will sometimes be a balancing act. This topsy-turvy cake adds a whimsical touch to engagement parties or bridal showers.
Makes: Cake serves 12.
Skill Level: None

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Step 1

Prepare Icing We suggest that you tint all icings at one time while cake cools. Refrigerate tinted icings in covered containers until ready to use.

Make 4 1/2 cups buttercream icing: Tint 1 1/2 cups ivory Tint 1/2 cup green Reserve 2 1/2 cups white (thin 1 3/4 cups with 1 1/2 Tablespoons light corn syrup) Make 2 cups peach royal icing

Step 2

Decorate in Order

Using peach royal icing make 7 tip 104 roses with tip 8 bases. Using peach royal icing make 20 tip 104 rosebuds. Make extras of all to allow for breakage and let dry.

Step 3

Lightly ice smooth and cover with white fondant.

Step 4

Use tip 3 and ivory icing to pipe dots on top tier.

Step 5

Use tip 47 with serrated side up and ivory icing to pipe bands 1 in. apart on middle tier.

Step 6

Use tip 3 and ivory icing to pipe beads between bands on middle tier

Step 7

Use tip 3 and ivory icing to pipe lattice 1/2 in. apart on bottom tier.

Step 8

Use tip 3 and ivory icing to pipe drop strings 4 1/2 in. apart and 2 in. deep. Overpipe drop strings with tip 3 balls in ivory.

Step 9

Use tip 7 and ivory icing to pipe ball bottom borders on all tiers.

Step 10

Position rosebuds and roses; add tip 352 leaves.

Step 11

Position bow on cake top.

Step 12

Baking Instructions Preheat oven to 350°F or temperature per recipe directions.

Your cake will unmold easily, without sticking, when you prepare the pan properly. Grease the inside of pan using a pastry brush and solid vegetable shortening (do not use butter, margarine or liquid vegetable oil). Spread the shortening so that all indentations are covered. Sprinkle about 2 Tablespoons flour inside pan and shake so that flour covers all greased surfaces.

Turn pan upside down and tap lightly to remove excess flour. If any shiny spots remain, touch up with more shortening and flour to prevent cake from sticking. (You can use vegetable oil pan spray or vegetable oil pan spray with flour, in place of solid shortening and flour or use Wilton Cake Release, for perfect, crumb-free cakes!).

Make one 2-layer cake mix according to package or recipe directions. Pour the cake batter into pan, and if necessary, spread the batter around with a spatula to fill all areas of the pan evenly. Be careful not to touch sides or bottom of pan.

Bake cake on middle rack of 350°F oven for 30-40 minutes or until cake tests done according to recipe directions.

Remove cake from oven and cool on cake rack for 10 minutes. While the cake is still in the pan, carefully slice off the raised center portion of the cake. This allows the cake to sit more level and helps prevent cracking.

To remove cake from pan, place cooling rack against cake and turn both cake rack and pan over. Lift pan off carefully. Cool cake at least one hour. Brush loose crumbs off cake.

To transfer cake to serving board, hold a cake board against cake and turn both cake and rack over. Lift off rack. Hold another board against bottom of cake and turn cake over. Be sure to hold cake, rack and board close together while turning to prevent cake from cracking.

We recommend hand washing pan in hot, soapy water.

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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.

Finish your petit fours or cupcakes with one pretty rosebud. Made in buttercream, this flat flower can be piped directly on the cake in your favorite colors. Or make them ahead using royal icing. On cakes, use the rosebud as an accent or in floral spray bouquet.

Create this magnificent rose - the most popular icing flower of them all. With practice, your roses will have the just-picked look of real fresh garden roses!

Make a simple, versatile leaf to add realistic details to flowers. Leaf tips can also be used to make simple flowers, such as sunflowers.

The ball shape makes bold borders and is the first step to learn for figure piping. Vary the basic look by adding stars, dots or spirals on the ball shapes.

The bead shape makes impressive borders outlines and accents on letters and designs; also a cute trim on clothing and gingerbread houses. The basis for making piped hearts and figure piping.

Perfect for classic borders or cloudlike decorations, dots are a versatile technique that can be piped in a range of sizes. The dot technique can be used as a simple border for cakes and cookies, as well as for icing cupcakes or piping meringues.

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A Delicate Balance Cake is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 3.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I just made this cake for a friend. It was frosted in white & lite yellow butter cream frosting, I, also, made white & yellow roses out of Meringue the day before. To add some more decoration to the cake I added some swirls & dots to the alternating layers. The difficulty level depends on how intricate you decorate the cake. It's very cute for all occasions (Birthdays, holidays, wedding or baby showers).
Date published: 2011-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I made a simular cake for our 29th anniversery. I loved the look - the decoration part, but needed a bigger cake, so decorated a 3 tier cake to look like this one. The directions were easy to understand and follow. Beautiful cake!
Date published: 2010-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I made this for my 10th anniversary. My family got a hugh laugh. I made a few changes to the colors but that was it. This was interesting to make.
Date published: 2010-11-30
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