Floating Rainbow Cake

Floating Rainbow Cake

Guests will be wowed when they first glimpse the striking plaques that decorate this impressive cake. They're incredibly easy to make using pre-colored rolled fondant. Be sure to start making them early, they should dry 48 hours before placing on the cake.

Serves 32.

Step 1

Step 1: Make Fondant Plaques

Knead Gum-Tex into about 20 oz. black fondant; roll out to 1/8 in. thickness. Make fondant ropes of different lengths and diameter in a variety of colors. Arrange over black fondant; roll over logs until both layers are 1/8 in. thick. Using patterns cut one of each size triangle (4 in x 7 in., 6 in. x 7 in., and 8 in. x 7 in.) Reverse pattern and cut a second of each size triangle. Set on cornstarch-dusted cake board; dry at least 48 hours.

Step 2

Step 2: Bake and Ice The Cake

Bake and cool 2-layer 6 in. and 8 in. square cakes. Stack cooled cake layers on cake boards. Prepare for fondant by lightly icing with buttercream.

Step 3

Step 3: Cover Cake with Fondant

Roll out remaining black fondant 1/8 in. thick. Cover cake; smooth. Prepare for stacked construction. Stack cakes.

Step 4

Step 4: Decorate the Cake

Tint melted cocoa Candy Melts candy black. Make topper by attaching 4 in. x 7 in. triangles together at a 90° angle at the 7 in. edge with melted candy. Let set. Attach remaining triangles to cake sides using tinted melted candy. Pipe black candy at 7-in. seam, if desired. Position topper on cake.

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