Last weekend I showed you my Speculoos and Caramel Cake and I told you that it would form the base for my Graduation Fondant Cake. Well, here it is. I made this cake for a good friend and colleague who graduated this week for her PhD Thesis! Congratulations!
As she loves Speculoos I created this cake for her. I first made a little test cake for a 15 cm cake tin, but this cake is the grown up version for a 22 cm cake tin. I have attached the recipe for this bigger cake at the bottom of this post, so you don’t have to calculate yourself 🙂
I made all the decorations with fondant and thanks to my extruder gun I was able to make this lovely graduation tassel. Actually my boyfriend did a little wikipedia research and apparently the colors all have a different meaning. This was new to me, as we do not really do graduation hats here. It says that yellow is the color for science, so I went for it. Apart from that I also find the contrast of the yellow tassel to the black hat really beautiful and one could almost think it would be golden, which makes it even more festive (actually, the words on wikipedia say golden yellow represents science, so yay ;))
I used a tin of beans to make the base for the graduation hat. I covered it with some baking paper and I cut out the right size of paper as a template for the hat. To make it all a bit more stable I used cardboard underneath the top hat as I was afraid it would not hold on its own… I cut all the fondant using a pizza cutter, this works really great! It is sharp and will you a get nice edge, furthermore it is super easy to use. Of course you could use a special fondant cutter or a regular sharp knife for it.
The diploma is just rolled up white fondant, it couldn’t be easier! I wrapped a little red fondant cord around it to give it a finished touch. I put the cake on a cake board covered in white fondant and I used masking tape to cover up the edge of the board. I think this really gives the whole appearance a finished and professional look, what do you think? It is also easily removable, in case you want to reuse the cake board. I was quite proud of that idea actually 😀 The cake itself is kept very simple with only the graduation hat and diploma as highlight. I like it that way, although the possibilities are endless. You could still decorate the sides of the cake with some cut out hats or dots or whatever you like!
Have a lovely week, rebecca
- 260g Speculoos Paste
- 50g Butter, soft
- 6 Eggs
- 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
- 300g Flour
- 1 Tbsp Speculoos Spices
- 1.5 Tsp Baking Powder
- 6 Tsp Milk
- 115g Butter
- 220g Brown Soft Sugar
- 2 Tbsp Caramel Syrup
- 60ml Milk
- 250g Icing Sugar
- _Pre-heat the oven to 160°C and line a baking tin with baking paper and butter the sides_
- Cream together the Speculoos Paste, the soft butter and the sugar
- Add 1 Egg at a time and mix thoroughly in between
- Add the Vanilla Extract and mix well
- Sift together the flour, salt, baking powder and speculoos spices
- Fold the dry mixture into the butter and sugar mixture, add the milk in between and mix until everything is well combined
- Add the cake batter into the prepated tin and bake it for 1 hour and 35 minutes at 160°C or until a skewer comes our clean.
- Let the cake cool completely before cutting it into 3 layers.
- Melt together the butter and the soft brown sugar over medium heat
- Add the Caramel Syrup or Vanilla and the milk, let it cook for 2 minutes and remove from heat
- Let it cool down before adding it into a bowl and adding the icing sugar.
- Mix the ingredients together until creamy
- Add to the fridge for about 15-30 minutes, stir in between and check regularly. You want the frosting firm but not solid.
- Once the frosting is firm enough to spread and cake cooled, divide the frosting between the layers and assemble the cake. Spread the rest of the frosting thinly around the cake. Let it firm up in the fridge.
- 1 Cake (22 cm)