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Shimmering Snowflake Tree Cake

A sculpture of dainty royal icing snowflakes adorns this stunning cake creation. Set atop the Scrollwork Cake Stand, this cake makes a fabulous centerpiece for any winter celebration!
Makes: Cake serves 60.
Skill Level: None

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Step 1

Make several copies of patterns and cover with waxed paper. Using royal icing and tip 2, pipe seventeen whole, seventy-three 3/4-size and fourteen 1/2-size snowflakes. Make double amount to allow for breakage; let dry. Cut top tier lollipop sticks: one at 8 in., eight each at 6 in. and 4 in. Attach a whole snowflake to each stick with royal icing. Insert in craft block to dry.

Step 2

Ice 1-layer cakes smooth in buttercream and prepare for stacked construction. Pipe tip 5 bead bottom borders. Insert whole snowflakes on sticks in cake, following placement pattern.

Step 3

Attach 3/4-size snowflakes 3/4 in. apart on edge of top cake, using tip 2 and royal icing. Repeat process on edges of other two cakes, positioning 3/4-size snowflakes between those on the previous cake. Place cake on stand. Position 1/2-size snowflakes on crystal-look plate.

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The bead shape makes impressive borders outlines and accents on letters and designs; also a cute trim on clothing and gingerbread houses. The basis for making piped hearts and figure piping.

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Shimmering Snowflake Tree Cake is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 4.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I made this cake for my daughter's wedding cake - she had a "Winter Wonderland" theme. The cake was midnight blue and the white snowflakes were beautiful against the blue background. I added silver edible glitter to the sides of the cake to give it a frosted look. The snowflakes were a challenge to lift without breaking. Please use parchment paper rather than wax paper (we didn't know that trick). Also, the stems of the snowflake radiating from the center is very delicate - so make them a little thicker. We used tip 3, but they still broke, so we went back over them to make them thicker. We made plenty of extras to account for breakage. The difficult part was lifting the snowflakes and not break them, other than that, this is a fairly easy cake.
Date published: 2012-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is an excellent design! Thank you Wilton for providing this idea. I made this cake as a groom's cake for a July 30th wedding. The young man is a skier and the family wanted a "bit of Winter" for him. I did NOT use the #2 tip, instead I used a #3 tip to pipe the snowflakes. They turned out fine and there was less breakage. AND YES, THERE IS BREAKAGE! Make more than the instructions call; you will use them. I also piped royal icing snowflakes on the sides of the tiers. I believe it turned out great. Overall, this decoration is not difficult; it is time consuming. Start you snowflakes at least 4 days ahead of time. Also make your snowflakes on cookies sheets so that you can move them to a safe location to dry. I placed the piping pattern between the cookie sheet and waxed paper; opiped on the waxed paper, pulled the pattern out when full; then moved on to the next cookie sheet. It worked great. Give this cake a try. It is worth the effort.
Date published: 2011-08-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I ended up scraping the royal icing and making the snowflakes with white almond bark and added sparkles. Make lots of extra snow flakes.
Date published: 2011-05-13
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