Graduation Cake Ideas (Modeled Sugar Cap) | Gumpaste Cake Decorating Tutorial

Graduation Cake Ideas (Modeled Sugar Cap) | Gumpaste Cake Decorating Tutorial

October 27, 2019 9 By Stanley Isaacs


Graduation calls for a very special cake – and
this one’s easier than it looks. Hey, it’s Joshua John Russell.  Let’s start
by making the top of the cap with fondant. I am going to knead some Tylose powder into
my fondant to turn it into gumpaste.  This will allow the piece to dry firm.
Rolll the gumpaste between spacing bars to acheive an even thickness.
Now move the gumpaste to a piece of parchment, this will need to dry for a couple days so
you might want to put it on a sheet pan as well for storage.
Next, cut a square using a ruler or template. I am using a template I made from a piece
of cake board, but you can use anything that is food safe.
Once the shape is cut, don’t touch it!!  we don’t want the shape to warp.  Just leave
it to dry for 24 hours and then flip the piece over and dry for another day.  This will
ensure that it is set on both sides! Once the top is dry, we can build the cake! 
Starting with a simple round cake, cover it using the same color fondant as the cap top.
Glue the top on using chocolate or royal icing. Now for the tassel.  Roll a log of gumpaste. To
make sure it’s even, you can run a cake board over the log. 
Now fold the log in half and twist in opposite directions at both ends to create a braid.
For the end of the tassel, I like to use an extruder.  Just place a log of gumpaste inside
and turn the crank Let’s put it together. First glue the braid
down using piping gel.  Next you can fuse the tassel ends with the
braid with a small piece of gumpaste. To finish I will paint the tassel gold and
cut out and add a tiny fondant button on top. And viola! A finished graduation cake.
Thanks for watching, and don’t forget you can click the “i” in the top-right corner
of this video to learn more Cake Decorating techniques or to find the supplies I’ve been
using in this video.