Bright Vivid Dazzling Field of Flowers

Bright  Vivid Dazzling Field of Flowers

Bring the inner flower child out in all your party guests. This retro cake combines tie-dye effects and neon hues with a retro-flavored cake that has a secret ingredient few guests will be able to identify … beets!

Serves 20.

Step 1

Step 1: Make Butterfly Fondant Decorations

In advance, roll out pink and yellow fondant 1/8 in. thick. Using cutters cut out pink butterflies. Cut out small yellow flowers with smallest flower Cut-Out; lightly brush with water and attach to butterfly wings. Place butterfly on folded cardboard lightly dusted with cornstarch. Roll ball and elongated log of purple fondant for “body”; attach with wet brush. Insert flower stamen “antenna.” Roll small pink fondant balls and attach around edge of butterfly wings with wet brush. Let dry.

Step 2

Step 2: Bake and Prepare Cake

Bake Chocolate Beet Cake recipe in two 9 in. hexagon baking pans; cool completely. Stack cooled cake layers on a foil-wrapped cake board cut to size using buttercream icing as a filling. Prepare cake for fondant with buttercream icing.

Step 3

Step 3: Cover Cake With Fondant

Marble yellow and orange fondant. Roll out 1/4 in. thick; cover cake. Smooth with Easy-Glide Smoother or hands.

Step 4

Step 4: Decorate Cake

Roll out remaining fondant 1/8 in. thick. Measure height of cake. Cut strips 1-1/4 in. wide x height of the cake; attach to cake with damp brush. Cut various sizes of flowers in different colors. If desired, thin and soften edges of fondant shapes by placing shape on thin foam using ball tool or dog bone tool. Layer different sized and colored flowers, attaching with damp brush. Add butterflies.

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