This tantalizing ocean-floor tableau combines all sorts of indulgences. Candies shaped in our Sea Creatures Lollipop Mold and cookies cut with our octopus, shark and whale cutters surround a First and Ten Football Pan cake submarine.
Makes:Cake serves 12; each cookie and candy serves 1.
2-3 days in advance: Make and decorate cookies. Prepare and roll out dough. Use animal cutters to cut octopus, whale and shark. Use patterns to cut 2 propellers and 2 periscopes.
Bake and cool cookies. Outline fish cookies with tip 2 and full-strength color flow; flow in with thinned
color flow; on octopus, immediately pipe tip 8 spots. Let dry 24 hours. Use full-strength color flow to pipe tip 2 dot eyes and pupils, outline mouths and shark fin, pull-out teeth.
Also in advance: Pipe bubbles. Use thinned color flow to pipe assorted puddle dots, 1/4 to 3/4 in. using tip 3 and 1 3/4 in. diameter for name using tip 12, on waxed paper-covered board. Let dry 48 hours. Pipe tip 3 name.
Finally in advance: Mold candies. Use Painting or Piping Method and candy mold to make starfish, turtle and 3 fish. Pipe dot pupils and outline facial features after unmolding.
Bake and cool cake. Use icing to stack 2 propeller and 2 periscope cookies. Position next to cake. Use pattern to mark windows; ice areas smooth. Pipe tip 3 section lines. Outline windows with tip 12.
Cover cake with tip 16 stars. Pipe tip 3 dot rivets; pipe lines and large dots (flatten with finger dipped in cornstarch) on periscope. Pipe tip 12 ball heads; flatten and smooth. Pipe tip 3 pull-out hair and dot eyes, pupils, nose and mouth; flatten with finger dipped in cornstarch.
Position cookies, candies and bubbles.
* Combine Orange with Christmas Red for orange icing shown.
* Combine Leaf Green with Lemon Yellow for green icing shown.
* Combine Violet with Rose for light violet shown.
* Combine Violet with Royal Blue for dark violet shown.
* Combine Black with Violet and Royal Blue for blue/gray shark shown.
* Combine Brown with Christmas Red for brown shown.
Adding color details to candies makes them more realistic and much more fun! For large areas of color, it's best to paint the melted candy right in the mold before the whole candy is molded using a decorator brush. Or, for very small details like vines, mouths and messages, melted candy should be piped onto molded candies using a parchment bag with a small hole cut in the tip.
The star tip creates the most celebrated, easily accomplished decorations! The serrated edges of the star tip make ridges in the icing as you squeeze it out. Because fill in requires so much piping from the same bag, keep replenishing icing in bag.