A simple origami paper cake can't replace the real thing, but it make an eye-catching centrepiece for a party--and unlike actual cake, it won't increase your waistline. The cake is folded slice-by-slice rather than as a single piece, so you can even give a slice to each of your guests at the end of your party so they will have something to remember the event.

- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy

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### Things you need

- Origami paper, patterned, 7 1/2 inches

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## Instructions

- 1
Fold the patterned origami paper in half twice to form a thin rectangle and unfold. Rotate the paper 90 degrees and repeat the process. Unfold. The paper should now be divided into 16 equal squares by the folds.

- 2
Locate the point at the intersection of the first horizontal fold from the top and the second vertical fold from the left. Locate the point at the intersection of the third horizontal fold from the top and the first vertical fold from the left. Fold a straight line between these two points. Unfold.

- 3
Locate the point at the intersection of the first horizontal fold from the top and the second vertical fold from the left. Locate the point at the intersection of the third horizontal fold from the top and the third vertical fold from the left. Fold a straight line between these two points. Unfold.

- 4
Fold the paper along the vertical so its right edge touches the first vertical fold from the left and unfold. Rotate the paper 180 degrees and repeat the process. Rotate the paper 180 degrees to bring it back to the original position.

- 5
Fold a diagonal line going from the left edge of the paper to the top edge. The line should go from the point where the third horizontal fold from the top hits the left edge of the paper to the point where the second vertical fold from the left hits the top edge of the paper.

- 6
Fold a diagonal line going from the right edge of the paper to the top edge. The line should go from the point where the third horizontal fold from the top hits the right edge of the paper to the point where the second vertical fold from the right hits the top edge of the paper.

- 7
Fold the paper again on the two lines you created in steps 2 and 3. This will form the pointed edge of your cake slice.

- 8
Fold the three corners of the cake slice inward so that each corner has a straight vertical line. Lock the corners by pressing the loose edges inside each corner together and folding them over once. Repeat the process five more times to form a complete cake.

## Making the Cake

#### Tips and warnings

- The pattern is what makes the simple paper pieces look like a cake. If you can't find patterned paper that suits the task, you can decorate each cake slice with markers or coloured pencils or use your computer to print a pattern directly onto the paper.
- You can decorate the cake slices with small meringues or candy to make them more realistic.