1. Take white fondant and divide the quantity into half; color one half in orange. Divide the remaining half again in two, leave one white and color the second half with electric orange. 2. Roll the three separate colors into ropes and then twist the fondant together to mix. Roll the fondant to create a marbled effect. Tina notes: Make sure to roll the fondant to a size large enough to cover the cake. 3. Take the piece of marbled fondant and cover the cake tier, smooth all over, and trim away the excess. 4. Spray alcohol/water onto the cake once covered, enough to very lightly coat the fondant but not enough to saturate it. (Make sure that the base of the cake is completely covered and sealed so that the water doesn’t get in through the base.) Tina notes: Alcohol will dry faster, but water can be used in case alcohol needs to be avoided. 5. Using a sponge or scrunched paper towel, and using the marbling of the fondant as your guide, start making curved lines to resemble flames. I find paper towel works best to give texture. Tina notes: Use the colors as your guide in order to make the texture, keeping the same/ similar patterns. 6. Once the cake is completely dry to the touch (water will take a few hours to dry depending on the weather), take the orange petal dust and mix it with alcohol. Use a soft bristle brush to start painting the flames on the sides of the cake. Again, use the marbling to your advantage. Use different shades of orange and make some parts darker than the other and some lighter. Tina notes: Using different sizes of brushes will add variety to the flames so they do not all look the same. 7. Take some Rolkem Gold Hi-Liter and brush some on the flames so that when the light falls on it the flames will have a golden glow. Choose just a few flames to color with the hi-liter. 8. Color a small amount of Satin Ice gum paste in red and orange. Roll out the two pastes thinly and cut small circles using the piping tip. Tina notes: To make the circles look like sequins, use the scriber or needle tool and poke the sequins in the center to create a small hole. Paint/dip the sequins in glue and gently place on the cake. 9. Using light corn syrup mixed with alcohol, brush all the sequins to give them a shine and allow them to dry.
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