Dragon's Tail Cake
Dragons Tail Cake
from Farmer Giles of Ham
You will need:
When the cake is cool dump it out of the pan onto a cutting board. If it breaks a little, no biggie. Use the biscuit cutter to cut out round slices. Put them aside in a bowl or on a clean surface. Save all of the extra pieces that are not round in another bowl. You will need them.
Mix the frosting with green food coloring until it is the desired shade. Take a knife and use it to stick the round pieces together on the flat edge. Place the tube you are forming out of round pieces on the long board covered with foil. As you form the tube out of circles, make it undulate like a wiggly dragon's tail. Lop part of the circles off to make the segments get smaller as you near the end of the tail. When you get to the very end, use some of the smaller cake scraps I told you to save in a bowl. They are also good for filling in gaps. You can also use them to sculpt a triangle on the end of the tail.
Cover the tail in green frosting. Put the gum drops and gumdrop fruit slices on toothpicks. The toothpick should go in the bottom of the piece of the candy, but not stick out the top. Alternate fruit slice candies and gumdrops on the larger end of the tail and graduate down to just gumdrops on the smaller end. Be sure to alert moms that there are toothpicks in the candy. If you're feeling really nutty, sprinkle it with that cake decorating glitter and decorate it with garnishes. Be careful when carrying it in to a room. Round things have a tendency to roll. Baby steps, baby steps...
P.P.S. Read Farmer Giles Of Ham. Smith of Wooton Major also has a cake in it, but I
P.P.P.S. Read Leaf by Niggle as well. It's not got much cake in it, but it is a touching story.