Pansy Panache Cake Zoom

Pansy Panache Cake

Pansies make your guests stop in their tracks! Maybe it?s the half-and-half color combo or the deep veins of color shooting out from the loop center. On this cake, pansies are shown off perfectly with a two-tone band of color on one side and a complimentary color message on the other.
Makes: Cake serves 20.
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Step 1

Before starting, please read a helpful hint from the Wilton decorator who made this cake.

One day in advance, make pansies.

Pipe seven pansies with tip 104 and yellow and violet royal icing. Make extras to allow for breakage and let dry overnight on wave flower formers.

Step 2

Using second narrowest brush in set, paint lines of violet icing color from center of flower. Let dry.

Step 3

Pipe outline teardrop shape on flower centers with tip 1 and yellow royal icing.

Step 4

Bake and cool two-layer cake in square pan. Position on foil-wrapped board cut 3 in. wider than cake.

Step 5

Use toothpick to mark a 3 in. band on left side of cake top. Ice remainder of cake smooth in light green buttercream icing.

Step 6

Use tip 1D smooth side up to fill in left side of cake top with medium green buttercream icing. Smooth with spatula. Pipe a tip 1D smooth side up band in light green buttercream icing down center of medium green area.

Step 7

Pipe vines on light green band with tip 3 and dark green buttercream icing. Position pansies on vine.

Step 8

Pipe leaves below pansies with tip 67 and dark green buttercream icing.

Step 9

Trace desired letters on waxed paper. Cut out with scissors. Use toothpick to trace letters on cake top. Pipe in letters with tip 3 and violet buttercream icing. Pat smooth with finger dipped in cornstarch.

Step 10

Pipe tip 32 shell bottom border in white buttercream icing.

Step 11

Pipe diagonal zigzags over shells with tip 13 and white buttercream icing.

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Make a simple, versatile leaf to add realistic details to flowers. Leaf tips can also be used to make simple flowers, such as sunflowers.

The vibrant pansy features petals in complementary colors and a distinctive loop center. They can be multi-colored or all one color. Add multi-tones using a striped bag or by painting in colors at the flower's center or at the petal edge with a fine brush dipped in a small amount of lemon extract tinted with icing color.

Deeply ridged shells and zigzags come together in opposite directions on this bold border treatment.

Characters or designs are often outlined first, then piped in with stars or zigzags. Outlines can also be used for facial features.

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