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TWO DAYS IN ADVANCE: Bake Cake Layers, Make Buttercream, Create Chocolates, Create Bow Loops
1) Using your Fat Daddio's Heart Shaped Pan, bake two layers of Cakegirls Chocolate Cake (You will have more batter than you need for two 6" cakes, so bake some cupcakes on the side). Once cool, wrap the layers in two layers of plastic wrap and place in the fridge.
2) Prepare your Brenda's Bakery Buttercream ahead as well. Once finished, place plastic wrap directly on the surface and place in the fridge. You will need to bring it back to room temperature before using.
3) To create your chocolates, place your candy coating in a microwave safe container and heat on half power, stirring every 30 seconds until melted. Fill each cavity with melted coating and then tap the mold firmly on the counter to pop any air bubbles. Place the mold in the freezer for 10 minutes. Remove and flip the mold to release the candies. You will need two sets of these, so repeat this process.
Let all the candies come to room temperature and then use a dab of melted coating to attach two matching sides together.
To Decorate The Hearts: Use a paintbrush to dab a dot of coating and place a heart sprinkle on the hearts.
To Decorate The Squares: Add some dabs of coating and then quickly sprinkle with bright pink non pareils
To Decorate The Rectangles: Roll a very small rope of white fondant and then wind it on top of the candy. Brush a small amount of water on the back of the rope to attach.
To Create The Bow Loops: Roll your white fondant about 1/8" thick. Use the strip cutter or a rolling cutter to cut several 1" wide strips.
Then, cut each strip into 4" segments. Gently fold the segment in half and attach at the bottom with a touch of water. Pinch it at the bottom with your fingers to give it a taper and then place it sideways on a tray to dry.
Make 16 bow loops. This is more than you'll need, but always have a few extra on hand in case of breakage.
DAY OF: Ice Your Cake, Cover With Fondant, Create Bow, Finish With Gold
Trace the bottom of your heart pan onto a cake support cardboard and cut out with scissors. You will only need one of these.
Ice one layer on the shaped card board (this will be the lid). Ice the other layer and then place it on the platter that you are displaying the cake on (this will be the candy box). Place your layers in the freezer so the buttercream gets firm while you roll out your fondant.
Roll out a sheet of red fondant. Measure the side height of the layer that will be your lid (the layer on the cardboard). Cut a strip of fondant the same width and then gently roll it up. Lift and unroll it around the side of the cake.
Do the same for your layer that is the "candy box" layer, except add 1/2" to the width so that the fondant is higher than the side of the cake.
Next, roll out some additional red fondant. Use the bottom of your pan as a guide and cut 3/4" or so outside of the edge of the pan using the ridged texture wheel. Press the wheel firmly so that you get a clean cut. Remove the excess fondant and then switch the tool to the stitching wheel and freehand an inner line on the heart.
Lift and place the heart lid on the box top. Stretch the edges a bit as necessary to make sure that you have a bit of overhang.
Next, roll out some hot pink fondant and cut out a heart shape (if you are not comfortable doing this freehand, use a small paper template). Use the stitching wheel to make angled lines, but push gently so that you don't cut the fondant. Repeat in the opposite direction to create a quilted pattern.
Use some water to attach the heart to the top of the box. Once in place, use the plain wheel to create an edging on the heart to make it look finished. Place this cake in the fridge while you work on the remaining layer.
Roll out some additional hot pink fondant and then use the bottom of your pan as a cutting guide to cut a heart lining for the inside of the candy box. Place the fondant inside the "candy box" layer, stretching as necessary to make it fit.
Then, melt a bit of coating and attach the candies inside the box. Now, this layer is done.
To Create The Bow On The Lid:
Take a golf ball sized clump of white fondant and very quickly run it under water. Knead it with the water until you have a sticky mass (it should be sticky but not slippery, adjust with more fondant if necessary). Remove 1/3 of it and press the remaining amount onto the box top, insetting it from the edge. Make it adhere by mashing the edge of the lump onto the cake with your finger.
Next, brush the tapered end of your bow loops with a touch of water and insert a ring of them into the fondant. (Be gentle with your loops, they could break easily if handled too roughly.) Then mash a little additional fondant on top to help keep the bow loops in place.
Finish the bow by placing loops where they fit and then mashing a bit of additional fondant around the bottom as you add them, to hold them in place. When done, use the back of a paintbrush to tuck in any fondant that is squeezing out between the bow loops. This will help hold it all in place as well.
Mix some gold luster dust with a few drops of extract, until you have a paintable consistency. Paint the edge of the pink quilted heart, the edge of the lid and the edge of the candy box to finish.
Once finished, prop the lid on the display plate to achieve a realistic presentation!