Celebrating in a Big Way Cake
Perky pachyderm cake will have them Celebrating in a Big Way. His nose, ears and feet are cookies you bake and ice ahead of time. For a more mythical look, try the same design in pink!
Cake serves 12, each cookie serves 1.
Roll out cookie dough and cut out ears, trunk, and legs using patterns.
Bake and cool. Prepare royal icing and ice inside of ears, toenails, and end of trunk smooth.
Using tip 3, outline ears and inside ears 3/4 in. from edge, trunk and legs. Using tip 16, star fill in. Set aside to dry.
Using buttercream icing, outline head and eyes on cake.
Cover body and head with tip 16 stars; overpipe stars on head.
Using tip 12, pipe in whites of eyes, pat smooth with finger dipped in cornstarch.
Pipe tip 3 pupils, pat smooth.
Position cookie legs and trunk, prop in position with marshmallows.
Using tip 18, pipe string tail, add tip 3 pull out strings for tail end.
Characters or designs are often outlined first, then piped in with stars or zigzags. Outlines can also be used for facial features.
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.