A Gem of a Cake
- Favorite Cake Recipe (or Mix)
- Wilton® Round Pan, 8"
- Wilton® Round Pan, 12"
- Buttercream Icing (Recipe on michaels.com)
- Wilton® Spatula,13"
- Wilton® Dowel Rods
- Wilton® Fondant Roller, 20"
- Wilton® Ready-To-Use Rolled Fondant – White (96 oz.)
- Wilton® Icing Colors – Lemon Yellow, Rose, Sky Blue, Leaf Green, Orange, Violet, Golden Yellow and Christmas Red
- Pearl Dust
- Wilton® Cake Circle, 14"
- Wilton® Fanci-Foil Wrap
- Wilton® Fondant & Gum Paste Mold, Jewelry Designs
- Wilton® Piping Gel
- Wilton® Decorator Brush Set
One to two days in advance, make fondant jewels. Divide fondant and tint: 2 oz. green, 2 oz. red and 2 oz. violet.
Following directions on Fondant & Gum Paste Mold package, mold 12 red rectangle gems, 12 green rectangle gems, 12 violet square gems, 24 violet round gems, all with white backers. Also mold 12 white square brooches. Let all dry on cornstarch-covered cake board.
For painting, combine Pearl Dust with small amounts of lemon extract. Paint white backers with gold Pearl Dust. Paint remaining gems with Pearl Dust in coordinating colors. For brooch, paint center in lilac purple Pearl Dust. Paint outside portion with gold Pearl Dust. When dry, attach gems to backers with damp brush.
Bake and cool two 2-layer cakes. Ice cakes smooth with white buttercream icing. Prepare for stacked construction and fondant covering. Tint 72 oz. fondant violet; cover and stack cakes. Position on a foil-wrapped foam core.
Mold vertical square mesh and horizontal mesh fondant bands; paint with silver Pearl Dust/lemon extract. Let dry enough to handle. Attach bands to cake with damp brush; vertical bands on top cake; horizontal bands centered on bottom cake sides.
Mold bottom chain-link fondant band and paint with gold Pearl Dust. Attach to bottom border with damp brush.
Attach gems to cake with damp brush. Attach brooches to bands with piping gel.
Cake serves 60.