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The Posse Is Circling! Cake

Our cute cowpokes are riding the range on a western-themed carousel cake! Create the little wranglers, ropes and terrain from fondant, then add the canopy from our Carousel Cake Set.
Makes: 40 Servings
Skill Level: None

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Step 1

In advance: Decorate horses. Slightly thin royal icing; paint mane, tail and hooves. Let dry. Make cowboys. Tint fondant as follows: 24 oz. yellow, 3 oz. green, 2 oz. black, 2 oz. dark blue, 7 oz. dark brown, 7 oz. light brown, 1 oz. copper. Roll 3/4 in. ball heads; roll out colors 1/8 in. thick and cut 1 x 3/4 in. rectangle shirts; let dry and add dots with FoodWriters. Cut small slits for arms. Roll 3/8 x 4 in. logs for pants. For boots, roll out fondant 1/4 in. thick; cut 3/4 x 1/2 in. strip. Cut slit for heel and shape for pointed toe. For hat brims, make a 1 in. flat circle; for top, shape a 1/2 in. ball into an oval. Indent top and attach to brim with damp brush. Curl brim edges slightly. Cut a 1/8 x 2 in. strip for hat band and attach. For hair, cut 1/2 x 1/8 in. wide triangles; attach to head. Draw facial features with FoodWriters. For hands, flatten a 1/4 in. ball; cut slits for fingers. Attach all pieces to horses with Piping Gel. Reserve remaining fondant colors.

Step 2

Tint 84 oz. fondant blue. Prepare 2-layer round cake for Push-In Pillar Construction. Prepare cake for fondant by icing lightly with buttercream. Cover cake with blue fondant; smooth with Easy-Glide Smoother. Position on foil-wrapped cake board, cut to fit. Cover peak of carousel canopy with blue fondant. Roll out remaining blue fondant 1/8 in. thick; cut a 4 x 36 in. strip. Cover inner edge of canopy rim, then bring remainder of strip over rim to cover outside. Trim off excess and smooth. Tint portion of fondant medium blue. Roll out 1/8 in. thick and cut 1/4 x 5 in. strips; attach to divide canopy sections. Roll out green and brown fondant 1/8 in. thick for cake trims. Using knife, and patterns cut 8 cactus; also cut hill sections in light and dark brown. Attach to cake sides with damp brush. For rope bottom border, roll two 39 x 1/8 in. diameter logs; twist together and attach with damp brush. Repeat for rope trim on canopy, using 32 x 1/8 in. diameter logs to make rope for each rim section. Attach with damp brush, curving ends down. Make a 5 x 1/8 in. diameter lasso to meet ends and attach. For knots, make a 1/8 in. diameter flattened ball and attach. Cover finial with yellow fondant, attaching with damp brush.

Step 3

At party: Assemble cake following carousel package directions.

*Combine Lemon Yellow with Golden Yellow for yellow shown. Combine brown with a small amount of Christmas Red and Black for light and dark brown shown.

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Fondant ropes are an easy way to add dimension and color to a project. The twisted texture of the rope is outstanding for a cake border, garlands or shaped into candies like candy canes and lollipops. Can be used with the natural twisting look or smoothed out; it can have a tailored look or be fun and casual.

One of the simplest techniques for decorating with fondant is to create cut-outs. Fondant shapes can be applied to lay at on the surface of a treat or dried so that they hold their shape when used as a topper.

Quick tip on how to attach your fondant accents to your fondant covered cake.

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The Posse Is Circling! Cake is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 1.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from There are so many fun techniques to use with this cake. It is worth the extra time! It is fun to personalize the riders to the Birthday child and his/her friends or family.
Date published: 2011-05-13
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