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A Quick Study Cake

These are some big shoes to fill and this grad is up to the task. Just place Classic Wonder Mold candy on Silly-Feet Cake and Treat Stand and watch this glowing graduate come to life. Head, mortarboard, arms and hands are made from fondant. You can customize using school colors.

4.7 Average of 3 ratings

Difficulty: Medium
Average of 2 reviews


Step 1

In advance: Make head and mortarboard. Tint fondant: 12 oz. blue and 6 oz. light brown. Add 1/2 teaspoon Gum-Tex to 4 oz. blue and 3/4 teaspoon Gum-Tex to 6 oz. brown. Roll out 1/8 in. thick. Use patterns to cut out head and mortarboard. Set on cornstarch-dusted board to dry. Reserve remaining fondant.

Step 2

Bake and cool Wonder Mold and 1-layer 9 in. round cakes using firm-textured batter such as pound cake. Stack cakes on stand.

Step 3

Using a spatula, ice shirt area smooth; ice gown, running edge of spatula vertically over icing to form pleats. Using tip 6, outline and pipe in tie. Pat smooth.

Step 4

Attach head to mortarboard using melted candy; let set.

Step 5

Using melted candy, attach 3 lollipop sticks to back of head leaving 5 in. extended; let set, then insert into cake (trim sticks as needed to fit).

Step 6

Pipe tip 3 outline eyes, pipe in mouth and swirl hair. Roll three 1/2 in. fondant balls, flatten slightly and attach for nose and cheeks using a damp brush.

Step 7

For tassel and string, tint fondant yellow and roll out 1/8 in. thick. Cut a 2 1/2 x 1/4 in. strip for cord; cut a 3 x 1 1/2 in. rectangle for tassel. Fringe long side of rectangle, using knife to cut slits 1/8 in. apart to within 1/2 in. of top edge. Roll and smooth top for tassel.

Step 8

For button, roll a 1/2 in. fondant ball and flatten. Attach button, cord and tassel using damp brush.

Step 9

Roll 5 1/2 x 1 1/2 in. logs for arms; position on cake. Cut dowel rod to 6 1/2 in. long; with icing, attach between arms for diploma. Roll out fondant 1/8 in. thick; cut out hands using pattern (reverse for 2nd hand). Attach over diploma with icing.

Step 10

For sleeve and neckline trim, roll out fondant 1/8 in. thick; cut 1/2 in. wide strips and attach using damp brush.

* Combine Lemon Yellow with Golden Yellow for yellow shown. Combine Brown with Red-Red for brown skin tone shown.