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Flower Bouquet Cake

Kenneth Chen

Ingredients:

  • 1 (9-inch) round cake
  • 1 can (16 ounces) vanilla frosting
  • Green food coloring
  • 1 cup chocolate frosting
  • 1/4 cup each; pink, blue, yellow and purple decorating sugars
  • 12 large marshmallows
  • 5 Tootsie Rolls
  • 12 Skittles
  • 2 pieces green sour belt fruit chews

Tools:

  • Clean scissors
  • A bread knife
  • 3 freezer weight zip lock bags

Trimming the cake:

  1. Place the cake on a work surface. Use a bread knife to cut an angled 1-1/2 inch piece from each side of cake, using the template as a reference. Discard scraps. Place trimmed cake onto a serving platter. 

Frosting the cake:

  1. Spoon 1/4 cup of the chocolate frosting into a zip lock bag. Spoon 3 tablespoons vanilla frosting into a zip lock bag. Tint 1/2 cup of the vanilla frosting green with the food coloring and spoon into a zip lock bag. Press the excess air from the bags and seal.
  2. Spread the remaining chocolate frosting over the small end of the trimmed cake, about 3 inches from the bottom edge and make smooth.
  3. Spread the remaining vanilla frosting over the remaining exposed cake and make smooth.

To complete the decoration:

  1. Place the colored sugars into separate small bowls. Cut the marshmallows crosswise into 5 thin slices. Dip the cut sides of the thin marshmallow slices in the colored sugars to have 5 of the same color per flower. Repeat with the remaining marshmallows and sugars. Shake off the excess sugar and set aside.
  2. Cut the green sour belts into 1-1/2 inch ovals with the scissors. Set aside.
  3. Unwrap the Tootsie Rolls and microwave for no more than 3 seconds to soften. Press together and roll out to an 8-inch strip. Use a sharp knife or scissors to make sides straight to an 8 by 1 inch strip.
  4. Arrange the Toosie Roll stripe along the top edge of the chocolate frosting to create the lip of the pot. Trim any excess. Pipe a decorative line of the chocolate frosting at the top of the Tootsie Roll.
  5. Snip a small corner from all the bags of frosting. Pipe vertical lines of green frosting over the vanilla frosted area of cake to make the flower stems. Arrange 5 like colored sugared marshmallow slices together as the flowers, pressing slightly to secure in the frosting. Pipe a dot of vanilla frosting in the center of each flower and add a Skittle as the center. Add the green candy leaves all over.

Serves 12

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