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Hangin' in the Pines Cake


We used melted candy to make the ornament and tree limbs but you could achieve similar results using icing! The fondant-covered cake provides a smooth background for your decorations.
Makes: Cake serves 18.
Skill Level: None

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Step 1

Make the following decorations using melted Candy Melts®. Ornament: Using ornament cookie mold and "painting" method, make a candy plaque, filling mold half full. Pine boughs: On waxed paper, using tip 2, pipe several random branches; pull out main stem and add short needles. Also, make approximately 100 v-shaped short needles. Let set. Using tip 2, overpipe branches and attach v-shaped needles to branches. Berries: On waxed paper, pipe approximately 50 tip 2 red dots. Refrigerate all to set.

Step 2

Prepare 2-layer cake for rolled fondant. Smooth fondant with Easy-Glide Smoothers. Pipe tip 21 rosette bottom border. Position berries in rosette centers and position v-shaped needles between rosettes.

Step 3

Position candy plaque on cake top. Using spatula, carefully position pine boughs on cake top. Attach extra v-shaped needles using melted candy as needed. Attach berries with tip 2 dots of icing.

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Adding color details to candies makes them more realistic and much more fun! For large areas of color, it's best to paint the melted candy right in the mold before the whole candy is molded using a decorator brush. Or, for very small details like vines, mouths and messages, melted candy should be piped onto molded candies using a parchment bag with a small hole cut in the tip.

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.

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