2-3 days in advance: Prepare fondant stars. Add 1/2 teaspoon Gum-Tex to 6 oz. white fondant. Roll out 1/8 in. thick. Using Nesting Stars, cut 4 stars using 3rd smallest cutter and 1 star using largest cutter. Position on waxed paper-covered board dusted with cornstarch. Let dry. Mix gold Pearl Dust with lemon extract. Paint over small stars and around edge of large star. When dry, use thinned fondant adhesive to attach Lollipop Sticks and curling ribbon to backs. Also: Add red fondant pieces. Tint 16 oz. fondant red. Cover 8 in. plate with rolled fondant. Add 1/2 teaspoon Gum-Tex to remaining 6 oz. of red; roll out 1/8 in. thick. Cut numbers using small plastic cutters; cut message using alphabet Cut-Outs (reserve excess for simple bows). Attach to stars using damp brush; let dry. Make Simple Bows. Reserve remaining red fondant. And: Cover Cake Base with 16 oz. rolled fondant tinted black.
Bake and cool 2-layer cakes.
Prepare and cover with rolled fondant tinted a pale yellow. Prepare for
Push-In Pillar Construction. Roll out 48 oz. white fondant 1/8 in. thick. Cut a 19 x 5 in. strip; place diagonally across Imprint Mat and roll over once to transfer design. Trim to match height of cake. Brush cake sides with water; attach fondant strip, smoothing gently with hands. Repeat using 24 x 5 in. and 8 x 5 in. strips to cover sides of 10 in. cake; reserve remaining fondant. Paint design with Pearl Dust and lemon extract, using assorted colors for stars, gold for streamers and backgrounds behind larger stars. Position pillars in 10 in. cake. Roll out white fondant, 1/4 in. thick. Cut 4 strips, 3 x 3 1/2 in. Brush straight section of pillars with piping gel and wrap strips around to create wider pillar. Roll out fondant and cut 1/8 in. thick, 5 in. square. Wrap whole pillar to create diploma. Roll out reserved red fondant 1/8 in. thick. Cut 4 strips, 4 x 1/4 in. and attach around diplomas using damp brush. Attach bows with fondant
adhesive. At party: Position 6 in. cake. Insert stars.
*Combine Lemon Yellow with Golden Yellow for yellow shown. Combine Red-Red with Christmas Red for red shown.
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