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By norulesart from Sunny Florida
One way to use up leftover jellybeans is to turn them into them cake decorations. Slice each jellybean in half to make a flower petal shape. Arrange on top of the freshly frosted cake (or cupcake) in any pattern you like! Once finished, transfer the cake to the refrigerator. This sets the frosting, which prevents color seepage from the candy.
Do you hate it when you have a lovely frosted cake and you don't know how to cover it without the frosting sticking to the foil or other covering? The little plastic "tripods" that come with your pizza are ideal when lightly placed atop the cake for gently lifting the foil or other covering from your frosted cake.
By Sandy G. from Stoughton, WI
Birthday Cake With Chocolate Curls
Lifesaver candies work well as candle holders. Fun toppings are Gummy Bears, Gummy Worms and Animal Crackers. For easy decorating use a small choo choo train toy with licorice train tracks or a dump truck toy with pile of chocolate chips as the dirt pile.
By Linda J. from Oceanside, CA
Cut the front off of a birthday, Christmas, anniversary, etc. card place it on a frosted cake, and outline it with a pretty color tube of decorating gel.
I recently used the Wilton Roses and and Buds candy mold to make decorations for cupcakes and a cake. Use candy melts in whatever color you want, or make your own color, form the small rosebuds and chill. These can be made ahead and placed on the iced cakes later.
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You can customize a cake and make it special for the recipient by spending more ingenuity than money. When my grandson was 4, he was so-o-o into the movie "Cars". So for his birthday, I made him this cake. Many thrift stores sell bagged little toys for 50 cents. I found all the ones I needed for $1.00, including the trading cards. I put all the toys in the dishwasher to sanitize, then I started the fun!
I made two chocolate cakes (his favorite), one in a 13 x 9 inch pan and the other in a round cake pan. I placed the small round one on top and frosted. I glued the cards on popsicle sticks and placed them on each side of the race track. I added some little picket fencing, wood trees, and plastic hay stacks, all found at thrift stores. The entire cake, including the numeral candle, cost me $6.00. It was a hit at the party and my grandson was thrilled!
By maryeruth from Palm Coast, FL