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Gracing the Occasion Cake

Makes: 82 Servings
Skill Level: None

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Step 1

In advance: Mold all candy pieces. Using 1 pk. of Candy Melts, mold 160 roses. Fill only rose portion of each cavity. Refrigerate until firm; unmold. Make cross plaque, filling base and 3/4 in. of bevel area with 2 pks. of Candy Melts. Refrigerate until firm; unmold. Make easels from vertical length of cross with 1 bag candy. Refrigerate until set and with hot knife cut in half lengthwise. Trim off bevel edge on bottom end of cross and easels. Pipe scroll designs and attach candy roses using melted candy in cut parchment bag. Mold cake top plaques in 6 in., 12 in. and 15 in. pans. Make 12 medium and 12 large side swags using medium and large circle cutters.

Step 2

Make base board using triple-thick cake boards cut to fit; wrap with foil and attach fabric trim. Ice 2-layer 12 and 15 in. cakes smooth and prepare for Stacked Construction. Position 15 in. candy plaque on 15 in. cake; stack 12 in. cake and 12 in. candy plaque. Use icing to pipe tip 5 bead bottom borders; pipe tip 3 beads at corners. Use icing dots to attach candy swags to cake sides (medium swags on 12 in. cake, large on 15 in. cake). Use melted candy to attach candy roses at top borders and around 6 in. plaque. Use melted candy to attach 2 easels to back of cross, attach cross to 6 in. hexagon plaque; refrigerate until firm.

Step 3

At reception: Position 6 in. plaque and cross on 12 in. cake; secure with melted candy. Let set.

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3/8 inch wide fabric trim ((1 1/2 yardes needed))

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.

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.

Use pans as molds when making solid decorative plaques. If your pan has detail, it may be painted in desired colors as you would for any candy mold.

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Gracing the Occasion Cake is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 2.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from working with the chocolate was difficult. Luckily I had found a candy mold of the cross that elped me out, but the chocolate on the sides and getting them even was probably the hardest part.
Date published: 2011-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent cake. I wowed the crowd. I didnt do the candy roses, swags, etc because it was a boy and I wanted to incorporate the soft green color his mother was using for the decorations. So instead of the candy pieces I made green fondant ribbons on the two layers and green candy pearls placed throughout. The cross came out nice as well but keep it in the fridge until you are actually ready to place on top! Also, make sure the plaque is reasonably thick. I didnt make mines thick because I didnt want it overbearing the cake but the cross kept wanting to fall because the bottom plaque wasnt strong enough. Also don't skip the easels! They are so essential!
Date published: 2010-11-30
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