First unwrap your candies
to color with food color or color dust.If you are using dusts,
you may want to lightly dampen the area to be colored before applying
powder. If you are using color paste or liquid you will probably
want to dilute your colors and apply with an almost dry brush
to achieve a pastel effect. If you make a mistake or the colors
drip or run you can quickly "wash" the color off or
blot off with a damp cloth. Allow your colors to set and dry thoroughly.
Using your favorite recipe
bake two round layer 9" cake and one thin cake baked in a
pie pan (plus 3 cup cakes if you are using that option).
Cool and frost your cake, reserving some un-tinted frosting.
Pipe frosting to the back
of your animals to attach straws (varying the height of your "poles")
and allow to set well.
Cut the sticks in the 4 poles
and the center post to the height of the bottom layer(s) of your
cake (or cut the skewers/dowels for your cupcake center support).
Mark the cardboard disk with
2 rings one 1" and the other 2" from the outside edge
. Punch 5 holes in each ring offsetting one row from the other.Punch
holes ONLY for the straws! Hold the disk over your cake and mark
Position the center post
in the center of your cake (or position the cupcakes and anchor
with dowels/skewers cut to the same height as the posts). Position
the posts evenly about an inch and a half in from the edge.
Position your animals around
the cake top, varying their heights.
Place the canopy layer of
your cake on the cardboard disk, then balance the disk on top
of the posts, inserting the straws as you go.
Adjust the height of your
straws and secure with more frosting as needed.
you are making your cake with the cup cake center you can use
the pillar on top of the canopy and attach thin ribbons for a
Cut a slit in the cardboard disk from the center to the edge.
Pull the edges 1 inch in to overlap (forming a slight cone) and
staple. cover with foil. Cut a 1" wedge out of your canopy
cake (made in pie pan) and position over cardboard disk/cone.
Place completed cake on a lazy susan!