Whether you have a lot of fondant left over from other projects or you’re just feeling downright colorful, this Bright Stripes and Stars Cake is a great way to express your creativity! Use various shades of fondant to create a fun and colorful border around a smoothly iced cake, then finish your cake off with a border of piped buttercream stars. Leave it as is or add a personalized message to make this cake great for birthdays, showers or just because! You can see this cake and many more in the How to Decorate with Fondant Shapes and Cut-Outs kit, filled with lots of tutorials, inspiration and even a few must-have tools to make your treats shine.
Bake cake. Prepare cake batter following recipe instructions. Bake and cool two cake layers. Trim, fill and stack layers for 4 in. high cake. Ice cake smooth.
Tint fondant. Tint 2 oz. fondant each bright yellow, coral, medium fuchsia, dark fuchsia, turquoise, dark turquoise, medium purple, peach, mint green, bright green and medium green using color combinations provided. Combine Lemon Yellow and Golden Yellow icing colors to get bright yellow color shown. Combine Orange and Christmas Red icing colors to get coral color shown. Combine Rose and Sky Blue icing colors to get medium and dark fuchsia colors shown. Combine Teal and Sky Blue icing colors to get turquoise color shown. Combine Teal, Kelly Green and Royal Blue icing colors to get dark turquoise color shown. Combine Rose and Violet icing colors to get medium purple color shown. Combine Orange and touch of Rose icing colors to get peach color shown. Combine Kelly Green and touch of Lemon Yellow icing colors to get mint green color shown. Combine Lemon Yellow and touch of Leaf Green icing colors to get bright green color shown. Combine Kelly Green and Sky Blue icing colors to get medium green color shown.
Using fondant roller with pink guide rings, roll out bright yellow fondant. Trim to rectangle measuring 1½ in. high. Using craft knife, cut fondant into 7 to 8 strips, varying in width from 1/8 in. to ½ in. Store under gum paste storage board flaps. Repeat with remaining colors.
Make fondant strip. Using fondant roller with pink guide rings, roll remaining white fondant into strip measuring 1½ in. x 26 in. in size. Using damp brush, attach colored strips vertically on white strip, alternating colors as desired, making sure strips touch each other.
When covered, use fondant roller with light pressure to evenly adhere strips to white strip. Re-trim to 1½ in. high. Wrap strip around bottom of cake, trimming as needed.
Decorate cake. Prepare decorating bag with tip 1M and remaining white icing. Pipe 1M stars around top edge of cake.
Making seamless fondant effects and patterns, like stripes and dots, is easy when using the fondant inlay technique. You can make hundreds of combinations using the fondant overlay technique. Try using this technique with alphabet cutters to make monograms for personalized toppers.
One of the most popular techniques, stars come in a range of sizes and styles. Experiment with open and closed stars for variation in look. The star technique is timeless and can be used as a classic border or as a stunning fill-in for the top of a dessert.