Trace around the bottom of the pan over 3 layers of wax paper and cut out the circles. Grease the bottoms and sides of the pans with shortening and dust with flour. Place the wax paper circle in the centers of each pan. Preheat the oven to 350F
Classic Vanilla Cake. Divide your cake batter between the three prepared 6" cake pans. These cake pans also have an insulated baking strip around the pan so the cake tops bake evenly and do not dome.
buttercream frosting, stir in a small amount of blue food coloring. You can use gel or liquid food coloring. Add a little food coloring at a time for the desired hue. If you prefer a brighter blue backdrop for the trees rather than the pale blue backdrop, add more blue food color.
Knead the fondant until it has a smooth texture
Add a little powdered sugar to your surface and rolling pin for rolling out the fondant.
Cut the birds out of the extra fondant and let the fondant details sit to harden.
You can either color the fondant to cut the birds (just knead in a little food coloring until the color is even), or use the plain white fondant and then brush food coloring on the tops and sides with a small brush. Dab the brush in a little water and then a little food coloring and apply to the bird.
While the trees and birds continue to harden, let's make the fondant sun cake topper.
Take some of your remaining fondant and knead in yellow food coloring until the yellow is an even color. It helps to grease your hands with a little shortening to prevent the fondant from sticking and the added shortening helps create a really smooth shiny surface on the fondant.
With the trees standing tall, it is time to place the little birds with a dab of frosting on the back of the birds. Then the fondant sun topper is set in the center of the cake.
You can find this cake on BHG.com along with the tutorial as part of their Pretty Food special.