Graduation Cap Cake
How to make a realistic looking graduation cap cake, either as a top tier of a larger cake or as a stand alone cake!
Vanity Girl Cake


  • This cake was baked in a 6" hemisphere pan
  • The card used for the top was an 8" square cardboard
  • To create the deep blue, sparkly linen-like finish, use equal parts Roxy & Rich (neon blue) fondust and (royal blue) sparkle dust

Link to the Vanity Girl Cake Tutorial

Link to the Round Book Tier Cake Tutorial

This following Tylose gumpaste recipe is used for fine flower making like the flowers featured in many of the classes Nicholas teaches. Renshaw Decor‐ice gumpaste is a comparable commercially available product. The NL Brand Commercial Gumpaste that he references and uses during classes is a softer formula used on gumpaste used for more basic flowers. It is also used for mixing with scratch Tylose gumpaste (or the Renshaw gumpaste) to create a paste that does not dry quite as quickly as needed for making flowers, especially with basic flowers.

The only white (vanilla) cake recipe I’ll use, now, as it’s moist, dense, carves well, and is RIDICULOUSLY delicious! (Works great for cupcakes, too!) Just leave out the almond extract and substitute it for more vanilla if you want this to be a delicious vanilla cake!

The only chocolate cake recipe I’ll use, now, as it’s moist, dense, carves well, and is RIDICULOUSLY delicious! 

This is an adaptation of Lauren Kitchen's Easy Buttercream recipe. It's a little bit sweeter than her original recipe (but definitely not too sweet!) and works well for piping flowers and buttercream designs, as a buttercream underneath fondant (as it hardens in the fridge nicely to get those sharp edges on your fondant) or just left as a buttercream finish on your cake. It's my new favorite!

Check out this video tutorial on how to make modeling chocolate or this live session recording that is all about modeling chocolate and making a rose, too.

Wilton 3D Sports Ball Cake Pan
No matter what sport you’re passionate about, this four-piece set can create the perfect centerpiece for it. Set includes two 6 in. diameter half-ball aluminum pans and two metal baking stands. Each pan half takes 2 1/2 cups batter. Whether your celebrating a birthday, game day or just in a fun mood, this cake pan is covers it all.
StarMar Set of 18 - Cake Board Rounds, Circle Cardboard Base, 6, 8 and 10-Inch
You get 6 circles each of 6", 8", and 10" - that's 18 cake boards in all. Use these to
make 6 fancy 3-tier cakes for weddings, parties, events, family reunions,
celebrations or just to impress your family and friends.
Wilton 418-789 Carded Tip Cake Icer
Wilton-Decorating tip. These icing tips simply screw onto Wilton decorating icing pouches or tubes and make it easy for you to create great looking designs on your cakes in minutes. This package contains one decorating tip made of nickel-plated brass. Dishwasher safe. Comes in a variety of styles. Each sold separately.
Sugarworks Artists Cake Turntable
The Innovative Sugarworks Artists’ Turntable is beyond compare- we feel it's simply the best pedestal turntable available! The highly-durable, food-grade aluminum work surface cleans up easily and effortlessly glides a full 360 degrees on a super-smooth stainless steel thrust bearing.
Innovative Sugarworks Sugar Smoothers, Small and Medium
Created by decorators for decorators, the new Sugar Smoothers are perfect for removing excess fondant and creating cleanly covered cakes, excellent for curved or flat surfaces. Its lightly frosted surface prevents sticking or pulling while working with edible and non-edible ingredients, helping you achieve amazingly smooth finishes. The perfect tool for sculpting, shaping and smoothing buttercream, ganache, fondant, marzipan, and much more. Rounded corners, with one 90 corner. Each set comes with two sizes and two thicknesses. Edge ruler for measuring. Made from durable, food-grade material.
Professional Spatula Set - Stainless Steel Oversized Hamburger Flipper
Commercial Grade Quality perfect for the professional kitchen but practical enough for your home or outdoor grill as best griddle grill accessories or bbq tool set. Professional grade restaurant style stainless steel spatulas.
Fondant & Gumpaste Modeling Tool Set
Package includes 10 pieces cake decorating tools. Use to add more details to decorations.
Ejiubas Clay Sculpting Tools, Color Shapers, Polymer Stylus Tool Set
Silicone head: Angle Chisel, Cup Round, Cup Chisel, Flat Chisel, Taper Point
Can be used for smoothing out scuffs on the clay, molding soft clay, blending and moving color around, fondant, cake decorating,fine detail,touch-up work and remove the fingerprints
accupuncture needles
Brand Name Seirin
Model Number 081707330
Number of Items 1
Part Number 081707330
UNSPSC Code 42151606
Fondant Rolling Pin
Smooth, Non-Stick Rolling Pin with Thickness Bands is perfect for precisely rolling out fondant or covering cakes with rolled fondant.
Fiskars Acrylic Ruler, 6x24 Inch
Fiskars large Coastal Colors Acrylic Ruler is perfectly sized for cutting strips or squares of fabric right from the bolt. It features clearly marked measurement lines and 30-, 45- and 60-degree line indicators. Made of durable acrylic.
fondust neon blue
Available in 4 gram/0.14 ounce
Specially designed for extra-low moisture food products
Contains no acids or preservatives
Can be mixed with clear alcohol or lemon juice for use with an airbrush
Not suitable for use with pure chocolate
royal blue sparkle dust
Makes icing and buttercream sparkle
Exceptional brilliance that outshines all others
Can be used dry or with water, alcohol or lemon extract
Nut free, lactose free, gluten free, vegan
Totally edible
Carlisle 4039800 Sparta Wide Pastry Brush with Nylon Bristles, 3 in.
This Carlisle 4039800 Sparta brush is 9.25" in length, with a 3" wide bristle head, and is suitable for glazing or washing pastry. The handle is made of lacquered hardwood for durability, and the ferrule and bristles are nylon for resistance to abrasion and cracking. The bristles are tapered with chisel-point trim for better surface coverage.
Clear With Stripe Boba Straws
Stripe colors may vary: orange, red, pink, yellow, purple, green, blue. Size: approx. 8.25" x 0.5". 172+ quality straws One slanted end. Great for cake decorating also
Rainbow Dust 1 X Silver Food Paint
With Rainbow Dust easy-to-use metallic food paint you can bring a whole new dimension of creativity to your cakes and bakes. Simply apply with a brush sponge or airbrush for a stunning metallic finish.
8 square cake board