This cake was iced entirely out of buttercream. You don't have to cover a cake in fondant to receive that elegant look. Only the decorations were made out of fondant.
The for the cap, the top was a cardboard square covered with black fondant. The tassel was made to look like the real thing and then painted gold.
A fondant diploma with a gold bow fits perfectly on the lower tier. Stripes of black and gold cover a pale yellow iced tier.
Congratulations Class of 2009!
The" 2009" was also made out of fondant. Whenever you are decorating with dark colors you have the risk of the color bleeding especially in the hot and humid Chicago weather, so black buttercream was avoided.
The bottom tier was covered with an assortment of stars of different sizes and color, matching striped tier. I love how the hand painted gold stripes look.
"Andreya" was written on a pale yellow fondant plaque with edible black marker. Gold dragees were also used.
For the star picks, I bought 20 gage black and gold jewelry wire at the local craft store and cut into desired lengths.
I dipped the end of the cut wire into a beaten egg white and then place into the centers of prepared fondant stars.
I finished the stars with an assortment of decorations. I brushed some with metallic gold and some with edible gold glitter, which really sparkles.