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The Whole Circus Turned Out! Cake


Makes: Cake serves 52.
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Step 1

1-2 days in advance: Make fondant animals. Tint fondant: 4 oz. each gray, violet, yellow. Add 1/4 teaspoon Gum-Tex to each color. Roll out 3/8 in. thick as needed. Use cutters from set to cut 8 animals (2 each, lion, giraffe, seal and elephant). Decorate with royal icing. Use tip 1 to outline animals and pipe features. Outline and fill in elephant ear and giraffe spots; pat smooth with fingertip dipped in cornstarch.

Pipe tip 1 dot and outline facial features, dot nails, fill in tusk, pull-out lion?s mane. Let dry on waxed paper-covered boards. Also: Cover base board with 26 oz. red fondant. Reserve excess fondant.

Step 2

Prepare carousel. Tint fondant: 4 oz. lemon yellow, 8 oz. sky blue, 16 oz. each orange and green; also use reserved red. Roll out 1/8 in. thick as needed. Cut six 3 x 4 1/2 in. triangles (3 green, 3 blue) to fit canopy top; brush top with Piping Gel and attach, trimming as needed. Cut yellow strips, 1/4 in. wide; attach over seams with fondant adhesive. Cut 4 x 36 in. strip to wrap over canopy edge; attach. Roll 1 1/4 in. diameter ball; attach inside finial. Cover pillar bases. Reserve excess fondant.

Paint carousel horses. Thin red and yellow royal icing with small amount of water. Use brush to paint saddle and bridle, mane, tail and hooves. Let dry.

Step 3

Bake and prepare cake. Bake and cool 1-layer petal cake and 2-layer round (bake two 1 1/2 in. high layers for a 3 in. high cake). Ice smooth (tops white, sides blue or yellow); prepare for Stacked Construction.

Pipe tip 3 dot trim and bead borders. Roll out reserved green, red, yellow and orange fondant 1/8 in. thick.

For petal cake, cut 3/4 in. wide green strips and attach to cake sides with icing. For medallions, cut 8 yellow, 8 orange rounds using medium Cut-Out. Attach to carousel roof and cake sides using damp brush. Cut 16 stars using medium Cut-Out; attach to rounds. Attach animals with icing.

Position carousel at party.

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Leaf Green Icing Color ((Combine Leaf Green with Lemon Yellow for green shown))

Red-Red Icing Color ((Combine Brown with Red-Red for brown shown))

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Royal Blue Icing Color ((Combine Violet with Royal Blue for elephant violet shown))

Golden Yellow Icing Color ((Combine Golden Yellow with Lemon Yellow and Orange for lion yellow shown))

Black Icing Color ((Combine Black with Violet and Royal Blue for seal gray shown))

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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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