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Out of cookie dough, cut numbers and letters using cookie patterns. Bake and cool. Outline with tip 4 strings. Fill in with tip 14 stars. Attach craft sticks to large cookies with royal icing. Let dry.
Ice 2-layer cake smooth. Edge base with tip 1A ball border. Trim with tip 4 drop strings and dots. Attach cookie letters on side with icing. Pipe tip 12 balls on cake top and edge. Add tip 3 printed message. Pipe number 3 with tip 8.
Figure pipe bear on number 3 cookie. Push cookies into cake top. Figure pipe bears on top and sides. Add tip 1 balloon strings.
The ball shape makes bold borders and is the first step to learn for figure piping. Vary the basic look by adding stars, dots or spirals on the ball shapes.
Characters or designs are often outlined first, then piped in with stars or zigzags. Outlines can also be used for facial features.
Add that special touch to your cake with your special someone's name.