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Thinking Cap Cake


For the student who gets the details right, here?s the perfect cake. The sides are created from fondant with our Graceful Vines Fondant Mat, which imprints the beautiful leaf and tendril design.
Makes: Cake serves 63.
Skill Level: None

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Step 1

In advance: Make base board. Tint 48 oz. fondant red. Cover foamcore board with fondant. Also: Mold cap candy plaque using 2 1/2 pks. of candy. Position on foil-covered cake board, cut to fit. Mold candy message, filling letter cavities 1/3 full.

Step 2

Bake and cool 2-layer cake (trim 2 in. layers to 1 1/2 in. for a 3 in. high cake). Ice smooth; position on prepared board. For cake side strips, tint 36 oz. fondant ivory; roll out 1/8 in. thick. Place on Imprint Mat and roll over once to imprint design. Remove from mat and cut into 3 1/2 x 14 1/2 in. strips. Attach strips to cake sides; trim as needed to fit. Mix Pearl Dust with lemon extract; paint over imprinted details on side panels with fine-tip brush.

Step 3

For cake side strips, tint 36 oz. fondant ivory; roll out 1/8 in. thick. Place on Imprint Mat and roll over once to imprint design. Remove from mat and cut into 3 1/2 x 14 1/2 in. strips. Attach strips to cake sides; trim as needed to fit. Mix Pearl Dust with lemon extract; paint over imprinted details on side panels with fine-tip brush.

Step 4

Using buttercream icing, pipe tip 8 bead top and bottom borders. Add tip 2 beads at corners; pipe dot flower centers. Position cap and letters.

Step 5

Tint remaining fondant yellow. Roll 2 ropes, 1/8 x 8 in. long; twist together for cord. Roll a 3/8 in. ball and flatten slightly for button. For tassel, roll out remaining yellow fondant 1/8 in. thick. Cut a 3 x 2 in. long rectangle. Use scissors to cut slits, 1/8 in. wide and 1 3/4 in. deep. Roll and pinch end to form tassel. Attach string, button and tassel with melted candy.

*Combine Red-Red with a little Black for red fondant.

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Made by adding a simple twist motion, swirl drop flowers have petals with a bit more flair and dimension, leading to open-looking Blossoms.

Use pans as molds when making solid decorative plaques. If your pan has detail, it may be painted in desired colors as you would for any candy mold.

The bead shape makes impressive borders outlines and accents on letters and designs; also a cute trim on clothing and gingerbread houses. The basis for making piped hearts and figure piping.

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Thinking Cap Cake is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 24.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It was a beautiful cake. It turned out awesome! I used many Wilton material and my cake turned out perfect!
Date published: 2013-04-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I made this cake for my bestfriend Carly. She really loved it and I loved eating it too. The only thing I changed was instead of writing congratulations I wrote conGRADulations (but not with the grad in caps). Loved it!! Would definatly make it again!!
Date published: 2012-05-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from This was a somewhat easy cake to make and will be making it again for my sons grad!!
Date published: 2011-05-19
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