3 days in advance: Make six large gum paste roses following
instructions from Gum Paste Flower Cutter Set. Let dry. And:
Cover base board with rolled fondant.
Bake and cool 2-layer cakes (for 12 in. and 18 in. cakes,
trim cakes to 2 1/2 in. high to make 5 in. high cakes). Prepare
and cover with rolled fondant, then prepare for Stacked Construction. Stack on prepared base board.
Make drapes: Roll out fondant 1/16 in. thick. Cut rectangles: 7 x 4 in. for 6 in., 9 x 4 in. for 8 in., 12 x 4 in. for 10 in., 15 x 4 in. for 12 in. cake. Form pleats in fondant by placing a dowel rod under bottom edge of fondant strip and one on top, next to the first dowel rod. For looser pleats, use wooden or plastic dowel rods. For tighter pleats, use wooden skewers or lollipop sticks. Repeat with more dowel rods to form pleats. Remove dowel rods, gather one end together and brush with water to secure. Brush back of drapes with water and attach to cake sides. In buttercream, pipe tip 3 bead bottom borders skipping drape areas.
Make ruffles and fans as you are decorating the cake, following instructions below. Work in sections to decorate bottom tier. Make 20-30 various sized ruffles, then six to eight fans; attach to cake with gum paste adhesive. Repeat until cake is covered. Mix 40 oz. fondant with 40 oz. gum paste. Roll out 1/16 in. thick. For ruffles, cut circles: 48 with medium Cut-Out, 32 with largest Cut-Out, 32 with Circle Metal Cutter, 16 with Round Comfort-Grip Cutter. Vein edges using small end of veining tool from set. Set in cornstarch-dusted Flower Forming Cups; let dry 20 minutes then attach to cake. For fans, cut various size rectangles from 3 in. wide x 2 in. high to 8 in. wide x 4 in. high. Pinch to form pleats 1/4 to 1/2 in. deep. Pinch one end to form a fan. Attach
around bottom tier, securing with gum paste adhesive. Paint
drapes and fans with white Pearl Dust lemon extract mixture. Insert flower spikes; insert roses, securing with bits
** The smallest tier is often saved for the first anniversary. The number of
servings given does not include the smallest tier.