Dimensional royal icing poinsettias form an elegant wreath around the sophisticated snowy white fondant-covered two-tiered cake. Delicate buttercream icing bead borders surround both cake tiers while simple dots of icing decorate the top half of each cake tier.
Make flowers 1 day in advance. Prepare royal icing following recipe directions. Tint large portion red and small portion yellow. Use tip 352, 1 5/8 in. lily nail, and red icing in cut decorating bag to make 35 to 40 poinsettias. Use tip 2 and yellow icing to make dot centers. Let dry at least 24 hours.
Make cakes. Prepare batter following recipe directions. Bake and cool two 6-in. and two 8-in. cakes. Stack and fill for 2-layer cakes, 4-in. high.
Add border and dots. Use tip 5 and white buttercream icing in cut disposable decorating bag to pipe bead bottom borders. Use dots of icing to attach poinsettias along top edge of each cake. Use tip 2 and white buttercream icing to pipe random dots around top half of each cake.
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.