Pink Flamingo Rose; Mini Buttercream Cake
Pink Flamingo Rose; Mini Buttercream Cake

Check out the free cake fundamentals class in the project center to see how to properly cut and add supports into your cakes!

  • I baked THREE 10" cake layers (in 2" deep tins)...or you could bake only two 10" cake layers but in 3" deep tins.  Both will allow for 5 mini cakes, about 5"tall (or slightly taller).


Link to document with the actual size flamingo photo you can use for reference for a 5" tall cake, 4" wide...

Printing Photo Inspiration Images from Shawna's Google Docs Files:

To edit the document and change its size...

  1. First, click on the Google Doc link that I've provided. You'll need to have a google account to complete the next steps, so if you want to print from these google docs I add, it's a good idea to setup a google account.
  2. Ok, after you click on the link and the photo has opened in the document, click "file" in the upper left hand corner.
  3. A menu drops down... then click on "make a copy". A box pops up where you can give the file a name and designate which folder in your google drive you'd like to save it to. It should then automatically open up that copied document for you.
  4. You should be able to edit that document (you can only view the original that I posted.)  Change size as needed and you can hit the print button when you're finished!

The only chocolate cake recipe I’ll use, now, as it’s moist, dense, carves well, and is RIDICULOUSLY delicious! 

This is an adaptation of Lauren Kitchen's Easy Buttercream recipe. It's a little bit sweeter than her original recipe (but definitely not too sweet!) and works well for piping flowers and buttercream designs, as a buttercream underneath fondant (as it hardens in the fridge nicely to get those sharp edges on your fondant) or just left as a buttercream finish on your cake. It's my new favorite!

Check out this video tutorial on how to make modeling chocolate or this live session recording that is all about modeling chocolate and making a rose, too.

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20 Gauge Oasis® Floral Wire - Pack of 150
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Fondant Rolling Pin
Smooth, Non-Stick Rolling Pin with Thickness Bands is perfect for precisely rolling out fondant or covering cakes with rolled fondant.
Innovative Sugarworks Sugar Shapers
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Bakerpan Food Coloring Markers, Black
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Sweet Sticks Edible Art Decorative Cake Paint 0.5 Ounce - Black
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Sweet Sticks Edible Art Decorative Cake Paint 0.5 Ounce (15 Milliliters), Metallic Burnt Bronze
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Majestic Royal and Langnickel Short Handle Paint Brush Set
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KOOTIPS Stainless Steel Flower Nails 4 Pcsset
Stainless Steel Cake Flower Decorating Tool, 4-Piece Flower Nails
Multicraft Imports Color Factory PA214 5 Piece Plastic Palette Knife Set
AMERICAN CLASSICS-Color Factory: Palette Knife Set. These flexible plastic knives are ideal for all kinds of painting and crafting projects. This package contains five different styles of palette knives.
4 cake board
0.045-inch-thick board for individual pastry servings
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