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Popcorn Cake How-To

Food Network Magazine's easy, how-to instructions on baking this popcorn cake from Elisa Strauss of New York City's Confetti Cakes.
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Piece of cake!

Elisa Strauss of NYC's Confetti Cupcakes spends a lot of her time crafting lifelike objects out of sweets: edible Chinese takeout containers, televisions and this bag of popcorn, a signature she simplified for Food Network Magazine readers to try on their own.
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Step 1

Prepare the cake mix as the label directs for a 9-by-13 inch cake; bake and cool. Cut in half crosswise. Spread frosting on one half, then top with the second half. Cover the layer cake with frosting.

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Step 2

Dust a flat surface with cornstarch. Using a rolling pin, roll out the white fondant to at least 16 by 18 inches large (about 1/8-inch thick).

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Step 3

Drape the white fondant over the cake, covering the cake but leaving one short end exposed with a slight overhang, as shown. Smooth the fondant, then cut away any excess, except for the overhang.

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