Cherry Blossom Cake

Cherry Blossom Cake

Cherry blossoms represent new beginnings in Japan, where celebrations are planned to coincide with the trees in full bloom. You too, can celebrate, whether the cherry blossoms are in bloom in your backyard or on this festive cake that's amazingly easy to make.

Serves 26.

Step 1

Step 1: Make Wild Roses

At least 2 days before decorating cake, make light rose royal icing wild roses using tip 101, 102 or 103 and Flower Nail # 7. (about 80 flowers were used for this project - make additional in case of breakage); add tip 233 yellow royal icing pullout centers. Place in flower formers; allow to dry completely. Brush the centers of the dried roses with Pearl Dust.

Step 2

Step 2: Bake Cakes

Bake your favorite 2-layer cake recipe or mix following recipe instructions in 6 and 8 in. square pans. Cool layers in pans on wire rack 10 minutes. Remove from pan and cool completely. Stack on foil-covered cake board sized to fit.

Step 3

Step 3: Prepare for Stacked Construction

Arrange 6-in. cake on same-sized cake board. Place 8 in. cake on foil-covered cake board, securing with icing. Spatula ice layers in ivory buttercream icing. Insert dowel rods into 8 in. layer; position 6 in. cake on 8 in. tier, placing over dowel rods.

Step 4

Decorate

Randomly decorate tip 32 outline chocolate buttercream icing tree trunks over cake; add smaller tip 16 branches. Randomly attach flowers singly and in groups along trunks and branches with dots of icing.

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