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Pop Goes The Birthday Cake


Makes: Cake serves 32
Skill Level: None

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Step 1

Using royal icing, make 36 roses with tips 10 and 103. Make 36 sweet peas with tip 103.

Step 2

For cookie box and plaques: Tint half of cookie dough with pink and half with lemon yellow. Cut out box pattern in pink dough and crinkles shapes in yellow dough. Bake and cool. Attach all sides of box with royal icing and decorate with tip 16 stars.

Step 3

Ice both 2-layer cakes smooth with buttercream. Using cake dividing set, dot mark 12" cake into 10ths. Connect marks with tip 3 triple drop strings, leaving front side open.

Step 4

At bottom border, add tip 16 shells, then tip 125 ruffle topped with tip 16 rosettes and tip 3 multicolored dots. Pipe tip 124 ruffle top border, trimmed with tip 16 shells.

Step 5

Cut pillars to 5" length and position into 12" cake. Using cake dividing set, dot mark 8" cake into 8ths, leaving front side open. Repeat steps as for 12" cake.

Step 6

For crinkle cookie plaques, use royal or buttercream with tip 3 to outline and decorate with dots, name, age, etc. Attach with icing to cookie box, 8" and 12" cake.

Step 7

For clown, brush stripe bag with yellow, pink and green. On top of box, pipe body and arms with tip 4B, hands with tip 5. Add tip 101 ruffle above hands in pink. Top with clown head.

Step 8

Arrange flowers on tops of both cakes. Add tip 352 leaves. To serve, position 8" cake on top of pillars and place cookie box directly on 8" cake.

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The drop string is traditionally used as decoration on the sides of the cake and is the basis of more ornate string work. Called a "drop" string because the line of piped icing is allowed to "drop" or fall, by itself, before reattaching it to your cake. Pipe a row of single strings or multiple strings in rows of two or three.

Create this magnificent rose - the most popular icing flower of them all. With practice, your roses will have the just-picked look of real fresh garden roses!

The Shell is the most popular icing technique of all. It's the basis for many borders, fleurs de lis and more. Lift the tip only slightly when piping to avoid a bumpy look.

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

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.

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.

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.

Ruffles add a decorative top border to your cakes or cupcakes. Pipe ruffles around plaques or to trim doll dresses or bonnets.

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.

Here is one of the fastest, easiest-to-make flowers in the garden. Try piping them in variegrated shades.

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