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Uncork the Memories Cake

Use color flow techniques and melted candy to create a celebratory scene atop and around a 2-layer Round Pan cake. Sans Silver 25th Anniversary Pick, this cake works beautifully for New Year?s Eve parties.
Makes: Cake serves 20.
Skill Level: None

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Step 1

At least 3 days in advance: Outline and flow in champagne bottle and glasses using patterns, color flow and tips 2 and 3. For glasses, flow in champagne area without outlining. Also: Make bubbles on waxed paper using thinned color flow in cut parchment bag. Make 30 single 1/2 in. diameter bubbles and 25 single 3/8?in. diameter bubbles; also make bubble groupings for rims of glasses using various sizes (largest at 7/8 in. diameter). Let dry at least 48 hours.

Step 2

At least 1 day in advance: Assemble bubble spray. Cut six 22-gauge florist wires from 11 to 14 in. long. Tape wires together 3 1/2 in. from bottom. Cut spikes on Anniversary Pick to 1/2 in. long. Cut two 18-gauge florist wires to 6 in. long; attach to pick with hot glue. Position the pick at center of 22-gauge wire grouping; bend wires to create spray look. Attach bubbles to spray with melted candy; let set. Attach spray at top of bottle; attach a lollipop stick cut to 7 in. at bottom of bottle with melted candy, positioning bottle at an angle on the stick; let set. On glass for cake top, attach an 8 in. stick at an angle, extending stick 4 in. at bottom; let set. Using full-strength color flow, attach bubbles to glasses. On glass for cake side, pipe tip 8 pull-out spikes, 1 in. long.

Step 3

Ice sides of 2-layer cake smooth in buttercream. Make scallop pattern. Cut a 3 in. wide strip of waxed paper, long enough to wrap around cake. Mark scallops on top edge of strip using wide end of tip 789; position tip so that its curve is 1/2 in. deep from top edge of strip. Mark scallops approximately 2 1/4 in. apart on strip. Cut out marked area. When icing has crusted, position pattern around cake. Ice top and pattern area on sides smooth with blue buttercream; remove pattern. Pipe tip 5 double drop strings on scallops and loops above scallop points. Pipe tip 8 ball bottom border varying ball sizes. Insert glass on cake side; insert bottle and glass on cake top.

*Combine Leaf Green with Lemon Yellow for green shade shown. Combine Violet with Rose for violet shade shown.

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The drop string is traditionally used as decoration on the sides of the cake and is the basis of more ornate string work. Called a "drop" string because the line of piped icing is allowed to "drop" or fall, by itself, before reattaching it to your cake. Pipe a row of single strings or multiple strings in rows of two or three.

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