The Best and Brightest Cake Zoom

The Best and Brightest Cake

Three diamond-shaped tiers topped by a mortarboard cake baked in our Mini Wonder Mold Pan. The colorful cake side candy accents are molded in the Graduation Lollipop Mold.
Makes: Cake serves 75.
Skill Level: Somewhat Easy

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Step 1

In advance: Make mortarboard. Tint 7 oz. fondant black. Mix 1/2 teaspoon of Gum-Tex with 3 oz. black fondant; roll out 3/16 in. thick. Cut a 4 in. square with knife. Let dry on cornstarch-dusted board.

Step 2

Also: Mold candies. Tint portions of melted white candy green, violet, blue, red and yellow using candy colors. Mold 16 diplomas and 12 caps using piping method. Chill until firm; unmold.

Step 3

And: Prepare base board. Cut plywood or foamcore board 1 in. larger on all sides than largest diamond pan. Tint 48 oz. fondant yellow; cover board with fondant.

Step 4

Bake and cool 2-layer diamond cakes and mini Wonder Mold Cake.

Step 5

Trim mini Wonder Mold to 2 1/2 in. and prepare for rolled fondant. Cover with reserved black fondant. Ice diamond cakes smooth; prepare for Stacked Construction. Position cakes on base board.

Step 6

Pipe tip 18 shell top and bottom borders. Attach candies to cake sides with dots of icing. Attach mortarboard to cap with thinned fondant adhesive. Position cap. Tint 2 oz. fondant green; roll out 1/8 in. thick. For cord, cut a 2 1/2 x 1/4 in. strip. For tassel, cut a 1 x 2 in strip; cut 1/8 in. wide x 3/4 in. deep slits for fringe. Roll tassel into a log; attach to cord with damp brush. Cut a 1/4 in. wide strip; wrap around top of tassel. Attach cord to cap. Roll a 3/8 in. ball of black fondant; flatten to form button. Attach with damp brush.

*Combine Christmas Red with Red-Red for red shown. Combine Violet with Rose for violet shown.

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Christmas Red Icing Color

Red-Red Icing Color

Royal Blue Icing Color

Violet Icing Color

Rose Icing Color

Black Icing Color

Leaf Green Icing Color

Golden Yellow Icing Color


2 packages White Candy Melts® Candy

Light Cocoa Candy Melts® Candy






Cake Boards

Fanci-Foil Wrap

25 x 20 in. plywood or foamcore board ((1/2 inch thick))



The Shell is the most popular icing technique of all. It's the basis for many borders, fleurs de lis and more. Lift the tip only slightly when piping to avoid a bumpy look.

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