One day in advance: Make cookies. Prepare cookie dough and roll out 1/8 in. thick. Cut five small eggs using egg cutter from 18-piece set. Bake and cool.
Prepare Color Flow icing. Tint portions violet, rose, green, blue and yellow.
For egg cookies, use tip 3 and full-strength Color Flow icing to outline cookies. Use a cut parchment bag and thinned Color Flow icing to fill in cookies. Let set. Attach lollipop sticks to backs of cookies with full-strength Color Flow icing. Set aside.
Individually prepare three boxes white cake mix following package instructions. Divide in thirds. In one portion of batter, gently stir in violet icing color to desired shade. (Use clean toothpicks to transfer color from jar to batter.) Repeat with rose icing color for second portion and yellow icing color in third portion.
For bottom layer, place Batter Dividing Ring in the first prepared pan. Pour yellow-colored batter in outer section, rose-colored batter in middle section and violet-colored batter in center. Fill sections 2/3 full. Remove ring from pan by carefully lifting straight up on handles. Rinse and completely dry ring.
For top layer, place clean ring in second prepared pan. Pour violet-colored batter in outer section, yellow-colored batter in middle section and rose-colored batter in center. Fill sections 2/3 full. Remove ring from pan by carefully lifting straight up on handles. Rinse and completely dry ring.
For middle layer, place clean ring in third prepared pan. Pour rose-colored batter in outer section, violet-colored batter in middle section and yellow-colored batter in center. Fill sections 2/3 full. Remove ring from pan by carefully lifting straight up on handles.
Individually bake and cool cakes following recipe directions. Prepare buttercream icing. Tint portions blue and green. Stack and position cake on foil-wrapped cake circle. Ice cake smooth with blue buttercream icing and spatula.
Divide cake into eights with cake dividing chart. Impress large egg cookies on sides of cake at division points. Outline with tip 3 and pipe-in desired egg design.
Use tip 233 and green buttercream icing to pipe pull-out grass bottom border and to pipe pull-outgrass on top of cake. Insert small cookies on cake top.
Perfect for classic borders or cloudlike decorations, dots are a versatile technique that can be piped in a range of sizes. The dot technique can be used as a simple border for cakes and cookies, as well as for icing cupcakes or piping meringues.
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.
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I make the Pastel Checkerboard Cake pictured. This was a fun but time-consuming project. As mentioned in another comment, the colors slid into one another, even though I was very careful while lifting out the Batter Dividing Ring. The end result was the "blocks" were not evenly lined up. Also, the baked cakes had separations (cracks) between some of the colors, which I put back together with a little icing. It took 3 cake mixes to get the required amount of batter, with left over batter to make a dozen cupcakes. I will try this again only using only 2 colors the next time to see if it works better for me.
Date published: 2013-03-20
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LOVE THIS!!! I made a green and Hot pink checkered cake, topped with chocolate ganache, everyone was so surprised when cutting into the cake and seeing the different colors...
Date published: 2013-03-19
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Awesome cake to make for any event. simple and the finish result is beautiful, you can mix flavors and colors, perfect for Easter or Valentines.