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Sun-sational Flower Cake

Sun-sational Flower Cake

Golden Gummy Bears frame this spin-off of Van Gogh's series of masterpieces, making it the piece de resistance at an art- or garden-themed party. Just start with a frosted 9- by 13-inch cake, decorate with a handful of colorful candies, and get ready to sing "Happy Birthday."

Ingredients

  • Frosted 9- by 13-inch cake
  • Necco wafers
  • 45-60 yellow and orange Starburst candies
  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Green Fruit Streamers
  • 1 pound yellow, orange and clear Gummy Bears

Instructions

1. Mosaic vase: Create an outline by cutting an 8-ounce paper cup in half vertically and pressing the cut edge into the frosting. Break 2 Necco wafers in half and set them across the top of the vase. Use 6 or so more Necco wafers, broken into pieces, to fill in the rest of the vase.

Sun-sational Flower Cake - Step 2

2. Sunflowers: One at a time, microwave 5 yellow and 3 orange Starburst candies until they're pliable, about 8 seconds, and roll them flat between two pieces of waxed paper. Use scissors to cut them into petals (1 to 1-1/2 inches long). You'll need about 15 to 20 per flower. Create an outline for each flower center by lightly pressing the rim of a 3-ounce paper cup into the frosting (for variety, use the cup bottom to create one smaller blossom). Arrange two layers of petals around each circle. Fill the centers with mini chocolate chips. Use doubled green Fruit Streamers strands to create flower stems and leaves.

3. The frame: Arrange a single row of yellow, orange, and clear Gummy Bears along the top edge of the cake and then make additional rows down the sides.

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