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Birthday Circus Cake

Makes: 36 Servings
Skill Level: None

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Step 1

Cut out 5 clowns and circus train from cookie dough. Using Easel Pattern, cut 4 easels to support train cookies. Bake and cool.

Step 2

Using royal icing, outline cookies with tip 3 strings. Pipe in small areas with tip 3, large areas with tip 5 (smooth with finger dipped in cornstarch). Cover remaining area with tip 13 stars. Add tip 16 zig zag "smoke" to circus engine. Let dry.

Step 3

When dry, attach easels and candles to backs of train cookies with royal icing.

Step 4

Make 10 drop flowers with tip 224. Add tip 3 dot to flowers.

Step 5

Ice 2-layer cake smooth. Using Cake Dividing Set, dot mark sides into 10ths. Using Circus Tent Pattern, with toothpick, mark 5 tents on sides. Mark tracks on cake top.

Step 6

Outline tents with tip 3 strings. Pipe in flags with tip 3 (smooth with finger dipped in cornstarch). Fill in tents with tip 13 stars. Add tip 102 ruffles.

Step 7

Outline railroad ties with tip 5, rails with tip 16. With tip 13, print message in stars write name. Edge cake top and base with tip 16 rosette borders. Trim top border with tip 16 stars.

Step 8

Pipe clumps of tip 233 pull-out grass alongside tracks. Add drop flowers. Push clown cookies onto sides. Position cookie train on cake top.

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Comical Clowns Cookie Cutter Set (or other Clown cookie cutter)

Circus Train Cookie Cutter Set (or other Circus Train cookie cutter)

Made by adding a simple twist motion, swirl drop flowers have petals with a bit more flair and dimension, leading to open-looking Blossoms.

The Zigzag is a popular way to fill in outlined areas, perfect for ribbed sweater and cuff effects. You can also use tight zigzags to cover the entire side of your cake—they look great!

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.

The grass tip creates the most celebrated, easily accomplished decorations! The serrated edges of the grass tip makes ridges in the icing as you squeeze it out. Our step-by-step video shows you how!

Characters or designs are often outlined first, then piped in with stars or zigzags. Outlines can also be used for facial features.

Add that special touch to your cake with your special someone´s name.

Learn how to pipe beautiful rosettes, big and small, to add charming floral accents. Rosettes are a great way to create quick decorations. Different tips create different “petal” effects. Rosettes can be used to add a simple floral accent to a dessert or to cover a cake or cupcake.

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

One of the most popular techniques, stars come in a range of sizes and styles. Experiment with open and closed stars for variation in look. The star technique is timeless and can be used as a classic border or as a stunning fill-in for the top of a dessert.

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