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A Study in Success Cake

This book shaped graduation cake looks good enough to read! With all the reading your graduate has done over the past 4 years, this personalized graduation cake is a perfect way to say “a job well done.”


Difficulty: Somewhat Easy


Step 1

We suggest that you tint all icings at one time while cake cools. Refrigerate tinted icings in covered containers until ready to use. Bring to room temperature for decorating.

Step 2

Make 5 cups buttercream icing:
• Tint 1/4 cup black
• Tint 1/4 cup Christmas Red/Red-Red combination
• Reserve 4 1/2 cups white

Step 3

Use 94 oz. of white fondant:
• Tint 48 oz. Christmas Red/Red-Red combination
• Tint 10 oz. black
• Reserve 36 oz. white

Step 4

Cut two cake boards to 13 x 17 in.; tape together and wrap with foil. Lightly coat board with Piping Gel to help fondant stick to foil. Roll out 48 oz. of Christmas Red/Red combination fondant 1/8 thick and position over board using rolling pin, draping fondant over edge. Trim excess fondant from edges under bottom of board. Set aside.

Step 5

Ice top of cake lightly and sides thick with white buttercream icing. Use wide edge of decorating comb to comb cake sides to resemble book pages.

Step 6

Roll out 36 oz. of white fondant 1/8 in. thick; cover top of cake.Position cake on top of fondant-covered base board and secure with white icing.

Step 7

Roll out black fondant 1/8 in. thick; cut graduate silhouette using pattern. Position on cake.

Step 8

Use tip 3 and black icing to print message.

Use tip 3 and Christmas Red/Red-Red combination icing to highlight message.

Imprint pattern press below message; outline with tip 2 and black icing.

Use tip 2 and black icing to pipe starburst lines around message.

Step 9

Roll out black fondant 1/8 in. thick. Cut stars using small and medium Cut-Outs; attach on cake with damp brush.

Step 10

Use tip 5 and white icing to pipe bead top and bottom borders and to print name.