How to make a railing for a baby crib cake

Updated March 23, 2017

Sometimes a regular slab cake just will not do for a special celebration; a cake decorated to look like a baby crib is a creative alternative. You can make an edible railing for a baby crib cake using fondant for a baby shower centrepiece. The railing is not difficult to make but it does require at least 24 to 48 hours for the fondant to dry and harden in order to use properly.

Measure the length and the width of the cake. Determine the number of bars you will need for the crib. For example, for a 250 by 300 mm (10 by 12 inch) cake, you can space the bars approximately 25 mm (1 inch). You will require 13 bars for each long side and 9 bars for each short side of the cake. You will also require a bottom railing and top railing.

Roll out a package of fondant to a thickness of approximately 6 mm (1/4 inch). Place the ruler on the fondant and cut out four 300 by 12 mm (12 by 1/2 inch) strips and four 250 by 12 mm (10 by 1/2 inch) strips with a pastry wheel or a sharp knife.

Assemble the bottom railing of the crib. Moisten the back of one of the 300 mm (12 inch) strips with water and press it gently against the cake, near the bottom of one of the long sides. Leave a little bit of distance from the bottom of the cake if you intend to include a crib ruffle along the bottom.

Moisten one of the 250 mm (10 inch) strips and press it against one of the short sides of the cake. Press the two touching ends of the fondant together to join the ends. Continue in this manner to attach another 300 mm (12 inch) and 250 mm (10 inch) strip.

Roll out another package of fondant to a thickness of approximately 6 mm (1/4 inch) and cut the bars for the cake. According to the above example, you will require 44 bars. Place the ruler on the fondant and use a pastry wheel or knife to cut out strips that measure 6 mm (1/4 inch) wide by 100 mm (4 inches long). Place the strips on a piece of waxed paper to dry for at least 24 hours.

Place the ruler on the cake tray against the cake to use as a guide to assemble the bars. Moisten the back and bottom of each strip and press the strips against the cake every inch.

Assemble the top railing. Apply a bit of tylo glue or fondant adhesive to the bottom of each of the remaining 300 mm (12 inch) long and 250 mm (10 inch) long strips and gently place the railings on top of the bars.

Things You'll Need

  • Ruler
  • Fondant
  • Pastry wheel or sharp knife
  • Tylo glue or fondant adhesive
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Rosenya Faith has been working with children since the age of 16 as a swimming instructor and dance instructor. For more than 14 years she has worked as a recreation and skill development leader, an early childhood educator and a teaching assistant, working in elementary schools and with special needs children between 4 and 11 years of age.