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Well-Balanced Birthday Cake


Makes: Cake serves 16; each cupcake serves 1.
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Step 1

In advance: Tint fondant: 24 oz. red; 8 oz. each black, skin tone; 6 oz. golden yellow; 3 oz. lemon yellow; 1/2 oz. each blue, green. Reserve 6 oz. white.

Step 2

Make acrobats.

Tint fondant per instructions. Roll out 1/8 in. thick as needed. Attach trims with fondant adhesive unless otherwise stated. Tape 1 opening of top globe closed where mini cake will sit; as you work, keep all remaining holes open by trimming away fondant with knife tip. Cover globes with 2 x 7 in. strips of fondant, using white for bodies, skin tone for heads. Attach with damp brush.

For shirt, cut away front neckline and replace with skin tone.

For hair, attach 5 in. circle; use knife to trim and shape hairline. Use narrow end of tip 10 to cut out eyes; attach. Roll small ball nose and tapered logs for mustache; attach. Use FoodWriter to draw smile.

For arms, roll and shape 1 3/4 x 5/8 in. logs; flatten hand and cut slits for fingers. Attach.

For shoes, roll and shape 1 1/2 x 1 in. ovals; attach. Let individual globes dry on a waxed paper-covered board.

Step 3

Make fondant mini cake.

Tint fondant per instructions. Shape 2-layer mini cake using 1 x 2 in. and 1 x 1 1/2 in. diameter round layers; attach using fondant adhesive.

For bottom border, roll a 8 x 1/4 in. diameter log; attach.

For swags, cut a circle using wide end of tip 10; move tip up 1/8 in. and cut again. Attach around cakes. Use narrow end of tip 10 for ball trims; attach.

Marbleize 3/8 in. ball of golden yellow with red. Shape flame; insert Lollipop Stick. Let dry on waxed paper-covered board.

Step 4

Bake and cool 1-layer cakes and cupcakes. Prepare for and cover cakes with rolled fondant. Prepare Stacked Construction.

Step 5

Roll out golden yellow fondant 1/8 in. thick. For bottom borders, cut 1/2 in. wide strips, 21 and 24 in. long; attach around cakes using damp brush. Cut 48 circles using narrow end of tip 2A; attach to borders using fondant adhesive.

Divide 6 in. cake into 8ths, 8 in. cake into 10ths. Use tip 3 to pipe 2 1/4 in. wide scrolls between marks. Let dry 1 hour. Paint scrolls and borders with Pearl Dust/vanilla mixture.

Step 6

Insert pillar from Globe Set into 6 in. cake only. Slide on people. Attach miniature cake with fondant adhesive. Insert candle. Ice cupcake tops with tip 2A swirl. Insert candles.

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This subtle color treatment is an easy way to add richness to your cake. You can marbleize using white fondant with icing color or blend together white fondant with our pre-tinted Fondant Multi Packs.

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