Perky pirates alight on a tropical isle. Create pirates by dressing globes from our 2 in. and 2 ½ in. Globe Tier Sets in fondant clothing. Set a seaside scene by embellishing blue fondant-covered cakes with graham-cracker sand and rock-candy sea glass.
In advance: Tint fondant as follows: 1 oz. gray, 2 oz. green, 3 oz. orange, 3 oz. yellow, 4 oz. red, 6 oz. black, 12 oz. light copper.
Make pirates. Make 4 small pirates using 2 in. globes. Roll out tinted fondant 1/8 in. thick (unless otherwise specified). Cut a 2 x 7 in. strip to cover each globe using light copper for heads, assorted colors for shirts. Brush globes with piping gel and attach fondant, smoothing with hand. Leave opening for pillars clear of fondant. Cut 1 x 7 in. strips for pants and attach as above using damp brush. For V-neckline, cut away a small triangle of shirt and replace with light copper. Roll 1 1/2 x 1/2 in. diameter logs for arms. Flatten one end for hand; use knife to cut slits for fingers. For shirt sleeves, roll small amounts of fondant to 1/16 in. thick. Cut 1/2 x 1 1/2 in. long strips; cut away triangles for torn edge. Attach around arms using damp brush. Attach arms to bodies with melted candy. For shoes, shape 1 1/4 x 3/4 in. ovals; flatten and attach.
Roll out small amount of black and white fondant 1/16 in. thick. Cut eyes using narrow end of tip 12, pupils using tip 9; attach. Add tip 1 white dot highlight. Roll small ball for nose; attach. Cut 3/4 x 1/8 in. strip for mouth; attach. For bandanas, cut a 2 1/2 in circle. Attach to head offset to one side; cut away any fondant that blocks hole. Shape 2 teardrops 3/4 in. long for ties and small ball for knot; attach with candy. Pipe tip 2 icing dots. For ears, cut circle with tip 2A; cut in half and attach with candy. Roll small log for hoop earring; curve and attach. Let dry on cornstarch-dusted surface.
Make large pirate using 2 1/2 in. globes. Cover top hole of globe for head with tape. Roll out fondant 1/8 in. thick (unless otherwise specified). Cut 2 1/2 x 8 in. strips, light copper for head, red for shirt. Attach as above. Cut a 1 1/4 x 8 in. strip for pants; attach. Cut a 1 x 1 1/2 in. high rectangle for front shirt panel and 2 small triangles for lapels; attach. Roll out small amount of white very thin; cut a circle using wide end of tip 2A. Fold and curve for rosette neck accent; attach. For arms, roll 1 x 3/4 in. diameter logs; attach with candy. Roll and flatten 1 in. ball for hand; cut slits for fingers. Attach with candy. For hook, roll and curve a 1/4 in. diameter log. Shape a 3/4 in. ball into a tiered base. Attach hook to base and base to arm using candy. For epaulets, cut 2 circles using wide end of tip 1; attach. For shoes, shape 1 x 3/8 in. ovals; flatten and attach.
For facial features, patch, skull and crossbones roll out small amounts of black and white fondant 1/16 in. thick. Cut eye using narrow end of tip 2A, pupil using tip 12; attach. Add tip 1 white dot highlight. Roll small ball for nose; attach. Cut 1 x 1/8 in. strip for mouth; attach. For patch, cut a circle using wide end of tip 2A; cut in half and attach. Cut a 1/8 in. wide strip and attach for strap. For ears, cut a circle using tip 1A; cut in half, indent and attach. Roll small log for hoop earring; attach. Use pattern to cut out hat; fold in half and attach. For skull, cut circle with wide end of tip 2A; shape slightly. Cut out eyes and nose using tip 3; cut slit for mouth. Attach to hat. For bones, cut 2 strips 1 x 1/8 in.; attach. Roll tiny logs and attach to ends of bones. Let dry on cornstarch-dusted surface. Attach to hat.
Bake and cool 2-layer cakes (bake 1 1/2 in. high layers for 3 in. high cakes). Prepare for
Globe Pillar Construction. Tint 54 oz. light blue and 20 oz. medium blue.
Prepare and cover both cakes with light blue fondant.
Cut 5 pillars to 7 in. long. Use 6 in. plate to mark feet positions on 10 in. cake, and then insert 4 pillars. Insert last pillar in center of 6 in. cake. Roll out medium blue fondant 1/8 in. thick. Cut a strip 2 1/4 x 24 in. long; cut random waves 1 1/4 to 2 1/4 in. deep on top edge. Brush back with damp brush and attach around sides of 6 in. cake. Repeat for 10 in. cake using two 20 in. long strips.
Brush cake tops and base board with piping gel; cover with graham cracker "sand." Slide pirates onto pillars. Attach candy around border with dots of icing.
At party: Assemble cakes.
*Combine Red-Red with Christmas Red for red shown. Combine Violet with Rose for violet shown.