Trust me, when I say anyone, I mean anyone. No degree from CIA or Martha Stewart required. All you need is some time (try a rainy afternoon) and lots of friends who can ooh and aah over it when it's done. Because you'll have a lot of oohing and aahing.
To begin, grab 2 boxes of your favorite white cake mix, and mix it all up with the necessary ingredients. If you have kids, then have them do this part while you sip some wine. You know, to save your creative juices for the decorating.
Once you've mixed, then you play! Separate the white mix into 4 bowls, and then tint each one a different shade of red. Or blue, or green or purple. Whatever color you feel like using. I was feeling very feminine, so I picked pink.
Once the batters are dyed (and your fingers are too), pour them into 4 greased round cake pans, and bake until a toothpick inserted in the middles comes out clean. Then you let these babies cool. Here's where you can have another glass of wine to reignite your creative juices.
Once the cakes are baked, it's frosting time! Add big globs of your favorite store-bought white frosting to the tops of the layers, and stack them up. I went light to dark, but you can do the opposite. Whatever tickles your fancy.
Then you use the rest of your frosting to cover the sides and the top layer. Next comes the slightly trickier part. Now you have to roll out your white fondant into a big enough circle so it completely covers the entire cake. You'll probably have to pinch the fondant in the back so it's smooth and tight on the frosting.
Here's where those creative juices really flow. Now you want to make a chevron pattern to trace onto your favorite color of fondant. (I used bright pink to keep with the whole feminine theme.) I traced and cut out a large enough chevron pattern to cover the circumference of the cake. Add a dab of frosting to the back of the chevron, and carefully "paste" it onto the white fondant.
For some added flair, I decorated the cake with fake flowers (in lieu of candles) and added some colored dots.
Once the cake is decorated, then comes the best part — the eating. Slice that baby up, and impress all your friends with your Cake Boss abilities.
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