Messaging becomes even bigger in 2016 with stylized lettering, bold font styles and fun sayings. This cake shouts the message that the birthday boy or girl is now five years old. The letters for the top of the cake are easy to make using Decorator Preferred white fondant tinted to a favorite color. The sides of the cake feature decorations colorfully piped icing.
Makes 36 Servings.
- Decorator Preferred White Fondant (62 oz. needed)
- Teal Icing Color
- Gum-Tex Tylose Powder
- Favorite cake recipe or mix (16 cups batter needed)
- White Ready-to-Use Decorator Icing – 4.5# Tub (11½ cups needed)
- Lemon Yellow Icing Color
- Rose Icing Color*
- Violet Icing Color*
- Bright White Candy Melts Candy (6 wafers needed)
*Combine Violet with a Rose to make purple shown.
- 9 in. Fondant Roller (purple guide rings used)
- Plastic ruler
- Fondant Trimmer
- Decorator Brush Set
- 6 in. Cake Circles
- 8 in. Cake Circles
- 6 in. x 3 in. Round Pan
- 8 in. x 3 in. Round Pan
- Cake Leveler or serrated knife
- Support Rods and Caps
- Center Core Cake Rods
- 20 in. Fondant Roller
- Fondant Roller Guide Rings (orange used)
- Fondant Smoother
- Round Decorating Tip 1
- Disposable Decorating Bags
- Couplers (4 needed)
- Round Decorating Tip 2
- 9 in. Tapered Spatula
- Round Decorating Tip 3
Step 1: One day in advance, prepare fondant for letters
Tint 2 oz. fondant teal; knead in 1/8 teaspoon gum-tex tylose.
Step 2: Also one day in advance, make fondant letters
Roll out fondant 1/8 in. thick. Cut ½ in. wide strips; cut strips the following lengths:
- “f” – one 3 in.; two 5/16 in.
- “i” – one 1-1/8 in.
- “v” – one 2¼
- “e” – one 4 ½ in.
Form letters. Attaching shorter lengths for the “f” to the larger strip with a damp brush. Let letters dry on sides on cornstarch dusted cake circle at least 8 hours.
Step 3: Make layered cakes
Bake and cool two 6 in. cake layers and two 8 in. cake layers. Level all layers to 2½ in. high; fill, stack and lightly spatula ice cake for 6 in. x 5 in. high and 8 in. x 5 in. high cakes on same size cake circle. Prepare cakes for stacked construction.
Step 4: Stack cakes
Cover cakes with white fondant. Stack cakes.
Step 5: Tint icing
Tint ¼ cup icing each teal, pink, yellow, and purple. Reserve ½ cup white.
Step 6: Prepare to decorate cake.
Place tinted icing in decorating bags fitted with couplers. Place white icing in decorating bag fitted with tip 3.
Step 7: Decorate clouds.
Using tip 1, pipe outline clouds in assorted sizes, shapes, and colors around top tier.
Step 8: Pipe raindrops.
Pipe tip 2 dots in assorted colors on sides of bottom tier, grouping same colors in an area; pull icing up with tapered spatula.
Step 9: Pipe bottom border.
Pipe tip 3 white bead border.
Step 10: Attach letters to top of cake.
Melt small amount of white Candy Melts candy in decorating bag. Attach fondant letters with dots of melted candy.