Snowmen celebrating New Years

For my New Year’s Eve party, I came up with an idea for a cake depicting snowmen celebrating the new year.  It’s a simple cake with the most complex part being a sled that a kid snowman (a snowkid?) was riding.

I put a tree in the background and the tree, along with the sled, was made days earlier.  To make the tree, I took a flower petal piping tip and piped spirals of differing widths and stacked them.  Here is what the tree spirals looked like before stacking:

Tree Parts

To make the sled, I rolled out some gum paste and free-hand cut out the pieces to make the boards, the runners, and some cross pieces.  Days later, when they were nice and dry, I painted them using powdered food color and lemon extract.  The lemon extract has a high alcohol content.  The alcohol evaporates away leaving only the color behind.  Sorry, but I forgot to take pictures of the parts before assembly.  I used small dabs of royal icing to act as the glue to put the pieces together.

To make the snowmen, I made cake balls and dipped them in white Wilton candy melts.  I made the cake balls by taking the cake scraps from when I levelled the sheet cake and mixed them in the Kitchen Aid mixer with the paddle attachment.  I mixed in a small amount of buttercream and when it was done, I ended up with something the consistenacy of cookie dough.  Since the cake was already very moist, I did not have to add much buttercream.  After refrigerating overnight, I dipped them in Wilton candy melts that I thinned out with some solid Crisco vegetable shortening.  I stacked the cake balls, stuck preztel sticks in them for arms, and piped the faces and some buttons.  I gave them party hats by taking blue royal icing and piping the hats using a rose petal tip.  Silver dragees topped off the hats.

After that, it was just a matter of arranging them on the cake.

The finished snowman cake

The finished snowman cake

 When I build the snowkid for the sled, the pretzel arms felt disproportionally big.  So I decided he wouldn’t have arms.  The story is that he lost them from hitting trees on the way down.  Hey, not all snowmen have arms!

Closeup of the sled.

Closeup of the sled.

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