Happy New Year Cake–Blog Tutorial

Hi everybody!  So the countdown to 2012 has begun–and what good would a new year’s celebration be without a festive cake?  The design that I’m sharing today belongs on your party table— it’s all about the toppers…and lots of shimmer!

This design involves making several cute clocks from gum paste–which means you’ll want to start this project at least a day in advance.  We rolled out our gum paste (or fondant with tylose or CMC kneaded in would work also) to about 1/8″-1/4″ thickness & cut out miscellaneous heart, square, and round shapes & sizes.  We dried them on a cornstarch-dusted tray overnight.

The next day (today), we embellished the edges of our cut-outs.  There’s no need to decorate the center–that will be covered with the clock faces later.

I wanted to add lots of sparkle, so I broke out my trusty disco/twinkle dust.  Specifically gold and silver hologram twinkle dust and red, jade, and white disco dust.  Use whatever you’d like.

Below, I’m preparing to glitter up my circle by first brushing with a little vodka.

You can tell from my palette that I mixed up a little paint with Super Gold petal dust and vodka–I painted one of the clocks with this before deciding to go with the disco dust instead.  It makes a nice base coat for the gold twinkle dust…but is not an essential step.

After brushing the edge of my circle below with vodka, I dusted on my gold twinkle dust and then tapped away the excess.

I repeated this step with all of my shapes–with one exception.  For my black circle, I added shine instead.  I did this by brushing piping gel around the edges, and then went back and rubbed vodka over it.  Not my usual method or recipe for shine, but it worked just fine and dried quickly ;0)

Since I wanted our clocks to stand upright, we needed an anchor.  I attached lollipop sticks to the back of my shapes with a little rectangle of dampened soft fondant (or gum paste).  Let them sit for a good 15 minutes or until the seem secure.

Next, I layered on my clock faces.  You can do the faces in advance, but I just adhered the gum paste (or fondant) faces while still soft.  I used a little water to glue my clock faces on.

Just to give you an idea of my sizes…my largest circle in the photo below is 4 1/2″ diameter (the black circle).  My smallest circle is the face of the heart shaped clock–and it was cut with my 2D tip (1″ diameter).  Not a lot of planning went into the sizes that I chose–just go with what you have in your tool box ;0).

Now, let’s make these clocks look like clocks.  I piped on my clock features with black royal icing with a Wilton tip 1.  Some of the small little markings on the very small clocks were made with my Americolor coloring pen.  You could use a coloring pen for all of the clock numbers, etc. if you’d like.

Hooray!  The main part of our cake is finished.  I decided to make a few cascading fondant spirals for the sides of the cake.  You can easily do this by cutting strips of fondant (I like to knead in a little tylose), and then wind them around a straw or dowel and slide right back off again and apply to the cake.

I frosted my 8″ cake with vanilla buttercream, piped ball and bead borders with a tip 12 & tip 3, and used my FMM Funky Alphabet cutters for the black fondant 2012.  Then, the best part of the day–I finally got to arrange my clocks!  ;0)

Thanks for stopping by today!    I hope that you enjoyed it—best wishes for a happy 2012!  ;0)



Category: Blog Tutorials, Seasonal & Holiday, Winter


  1. Stacy Brown says: #1

    This is adorable…love it, Melissa…Happy 2012!

  2. Kia Hewett says: #2

    What a cute idea for a New Year’s Eve cake! Thanks for continuing to inspire us with your creativity.

  3. This is my first time checking out your tutorials and I have to say I’m pleased. You make it seem do-able to a beginner like me. What a lovely way to bring in the new year!

  4. You make such beautiful cakes! I am so happy I found you site and want to become a student in your Cake School! Happy New Year!!

  5. Tawna says: #5

    I want to try this…but finding twinkel dust and shine are not happening for me. Can you give me product names? I love trying your cakes!

  6. What a great inspiration, thanks :-)

  7. nanacakes says: #7

    Happy New Year Melissa and BeBe! Can’t wait to see what you come up with in 2012! I am having a dinner party NYE and was waiting for your ideas. . . and again you have not let me down. Your friend – Donna

  8. Tesei says: #8

    Wow, what a lovely cake! Thanks so much for so many ideas and tutorials. Happy new year, may it be full of love and health for you and your loved ones!!! See you in your next post.

  9. SamCyn says: #9

    What an awesome looking cake, thanks for the tutorial! Wishing you a wonderful, blessed New Year!

  10. Laura Medeiros says: #10

    beautiful, beautiful, happy new year for you Melissa.

  11. June Cooper says: #11

    Thank you Melissa, a wonderful idea & a great tutorial. Happy New Year to you & yours.

  12. Anita Barker says: #12

    I love this cake. Thanks Melissa and Bebe. Happy New Year.

  13. seabass123 says: #13

    Greatttttttttt creativity….thanks for sharing. Happy New Year to Melissa and Bebe. Keep the creativity sharp in 2012 as well.

  14. Judy Perez says: #14

    I love it and I will do a replica and post picture of it! ;o) love it!

  15. acerola says: #15

    Happy 2012 to all!

  16. This is such a gorgeous cake, and the instructions are so easy to follow! I posted about it on my blog –

    link to chickabug.com

    Thank you for the inspiration!
    Heather : )

  17. Ashlie G. says: #17

    What is FMM alphabet cutters?

  18. Melissa Diamond says: #18

    Thanks so much for your nice comments!!! Ashlie–FMM is the brand name. They make several different cutters–these are called Funky Alphabet. I believe that mine came from Global Sugar Art.

  19. Grammy Sue says: #19

    A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E as usual!!! Happy Happy New Year to you!!!

  20. Melissa Diamond says: #20

    Thanks “Grammy Sue”!! Happy New Year to you too! ;0)

  21. reem says: #21

    Thank you for sharing, too cute and pretty :)

  22. Wedding Cakes says: #22

    Happy New Year.Wow very nice information.Thanks for such kind of information. Its very helpful to cake lovers.

  23. Melissa Barbakoff says: #23

    This is the cutest IDEA,ever!!! I can’t believe I have to wait 11 more months to use it!

  24. Laura says: #24

    Hi thanks for sharing this great tutorial !!! the cake looks great. I will make one for this new years party. Happy 2013 !!!

  25. Migdalia says: #25

    Beautiful, Happy New Year!!!!

  26. melissa f. says: #26

    What can I use in place of the Vodka? We don’t do alcohol in our home.
    Thank you for the great tutorial on such a beautiful cake!

  27. Melissa Diamond says: #27

    Thanks everybody! _–@Melissa~ Thanks for reminding me…I usually try to include the alternative. You can use lemon extract (flavoring, not juice) in place of vodka. It has a high alcohol content also–the alcohol dries/evaporates quickly.

  28. Rosa Lopez says: #28


  29. MARIA MALDONADO says: #29

    Hello melissa is the glitter you use are they edible or not.. love the cake nice.

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