Candy clay is a pliable, fondant-like icing you can use to make flowers instead of using royal icing. Our Hearts Treasure Cake, topped by a monogrammed candy plaque, is decorated with candy clay roses and mini flowers you make ahead of time.
In advance: Make candy plaque heart in 12 in. heart pan. Make 20 Candy Clay roses using 1 candy clay recipe. Make Candy Clay blossoms using a second Candy Clay recipe combined with 12 oz. fondant.
To prepare Candy Clay blossoms: prepare a candy clay recipe, let cool, then knead together with 12 oz. fondant. Tint a 1 in. ball of mixture peach. Cut 25 each white and peach blossoms using forget-me-not cutter from Floral Collection Set (reserve remaining mixture). Place blossoms on thick foam and cup centers using small end of ball tool. Pipe tip 2 dot centers; let dry on small flower formers dusted with cornstarch.
Ice 2-layer 10 in. cake smooth. Using remaining candy clay/fondant mixture, roll out and cut 20 strips, 3/4 x 4 in.; use straight-edge wheel of Cutter/Embosser to imprint lattice lines 3/8 in. apart. Position strips 3/4 in. apart on cake sides.
Position candy plaque on cake top. For bottom swags, cut candy clay/fondant mixture into 1 1/2 in. squares.
Form drapes by placing one skewer under bottom edge of square and one on top, next to the first skewer.
Repeat with more skewers to form three folds; remove skewers and gather fondant at each end; trim as needed.
Attach swags between strips with melted candy; use veining tool to define folds if needed.
For top swags, cut candy clay/fondant mixture into 2 1/2 in. squares and repeat draping process used for bottom swags; attach to candy plaque with melted candy.
Attach blossoms at swag points with melted candy.
Trace lettering pattern on waxed paper. Using melted candy, pipe tip 4 monogram; refrigerate until firm. Position monogram. Attach roses to cake top with melted candy.
Anyone can write out a place card for the party?but wouldn't an edible candy place card be much more special and fun? There are lots of ways to use candy plaques molded in cake or muffin pans. You can create unforgettable holiday gift cards, centerpieces, cake toppers and more. For rectangles, use a loaf pan or mini cake pan. For circles, use muffin pans. Attach a molded candy for a great finishing touch.