Setting the Gold Standard Cake
A bouquet of gum paste flowers tops a cake decorated in high-contrast hues. Use our Graceful Vines Fondant Mat to imprint equally pretty designs into ivory-tinted fondant diamonds.
Makes: Cake serves 80.
Skill Level: None
Setting the Gold Standard Cake is rated out of 5 by 3.
Rated 3 out of 5 by dhperr from After my initial review, I took the time to have a closer look at the pattern given for the scalloped canopy atop the cake. It turns out that the pattern is way, way off. When I folded the design in half, I discovered that the problem with this pattern is that some of the scallops are different sizes and shapes, and so the pattern does not produce the pictured results. I subsequently re-created this pattern, and now the design is workable. Before attempting this cake, I suggest that you carefully review the pattern and tweak it for accuracy.
Date published: 2011-06-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by dhperr from So far, I do not see a review from someone who has actually made this cake. I tried to make just one tier, and used it for Father's Day, since the colors are less feminine than many other cakes. I made the flowers for the top, which were not too difficult at all. The trick is to make some extra to allow for breakage, because when you're making very delicate flowers they are very prone to breakage. Also, to make this cake my own, I constructed the flowers from the same ivory fondant, and then dusted them with some bronze color dust. The flowers were so delicate that the ivory flowers with barely bronze edges were almost transparent, yet were dazzling in the sunlight--far superior to the white-on-ivory pictured in the example. I made a very dense, rich, heavy cocoa cake, with an even richer cocoa-based filling, which was really delicious. The chocolate buttercream icing was easy enough. The difficulty came in engineering that scalloped edge around the top. Yes, there is a pattern, but I feel that the directions are very inadequate. More specific instructions are needed. I am normally adept at duplicating most of these cake designs but this one was awful. In the end, I ran out of time, and had to create my own design for the ivory-canopy over the top of the cake. The method for creating this scalloped edge either doesn't work out mathematically around the cake, or I was just not able to follow directions. Overall, the colors are stunning, particularly with the ivory/bronze flowers, and everyone raved about the cake, but my advice is to definitely go through a dry run on this one before the big day.
Date published: 2011-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by Sweets 2 Order from This cake is a some thing different and I think that it will be a great hit one it's out in the public. I think it is the answer for the Retro bride and groom. Cake would make a great grooms cake with some color changes using dark chocolate for bead work & leave off the flowers and meet the corners of each diamond design . Add dark chocolate grooms monogram with chocolate leaves on top. Leave cake as shown for the bride and groom. Think this will work just great.
Date published: 2010-12-01