Tolling the Happy News Cake Zoom

Tolling the Happy News Cake

Makes: Cake serves 64.
Skill Level: None

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Step 1

Make the following color flow pieces at least 1 week in advance: 13 hearts, 20 rose flowers, 30 white flowers, two bells and four ribbons. Outline patterns using tip 2 and full-strength color flow. Let dry, then flow-in with thinned color flow. Let dry.

Step 2

When completely dry, use full-strength color flow and tip 1 overpipe bell and tip 2 to pipe swirls on flowers. Make extras of all color flow pieces to allow for breakage.

Step 3

Bake and cool two 1 1/2 in. cakes to form one 3 in. high cake. Prepare for rolled fondant by lightly icing with buttercream. Cover cake with fondant; smooth with Easy-Glide Smoothers.

Step 4

Pipe tip 21 shell bottom border. Attach color flow pieces with dots of icing. Mark message using pattern and toothpick; write tip 4 message.

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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.

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.

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