Bold and Beautiful Floral Cake

Bold and Beautiful Floral Cake

Flowers take on dramatic flair when the color scheme is black and white. Using a fondant imprint mat makes this cake easy to do. The single elegant monogram cake topper is equally simple to make and is the perfect way to personalize a cake for weddings, engagement or anniversary parties or that special birthday celebration.

Serves 12.

Step 1

Step 1: Make Monogram Cake Topper

In advance, trace 2½ in. or higher letter on paper. Tape onto a cake board and cover with waxed paper; dust with cornstarch. Tint 1 oz. fondant black; roll into log about 16-in. long. Shape fondant over letter; let dry overnight. Attach lollipop sticks to back of fondant letter with royal icing or melted candy; let dry.

Step 2

Step 2: Bake and Ice Cake

Bake and cool 2-layer 6-inch round Chocolate Marble Cake. Stack cooled cake layers on foil-wrapped cake board using buttercream icing as a filling; prepare for fondant by lightly icing cake with buttercream.

Step 3

Step 3: Cover Cake with Rolled Fondant

Roll out white fondant, 1/16-in. thick. Cover cake with fondant; smooth.

Step 4

Step 4: Imprint Fondant Strip

Roll out remaining white fondant 1/8-in. thick; cut strip 3-1/2 in. (or height of cake) x 19 in. Lift fondant onto imprint mat; with rolling pin, press fondant into mat. Carefully lift fondant strip and, if necessary, re-cut to correct size. Wrap around and attach to cake sides.

Step 5

Step 5: Decorate

Fill imprinted fondant decoration with thinned black buttercream icing and tip #2. Add tip #6 medium consistency black buttercream icing top bead border and tip #8 bead bottom border.

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