How to Decorate a Cake as a Card

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How to Decorate a Cake as a Card
Decorating a cake to look like a card is simple and inexpensive (Zedcor Wholly Owned/ Images)

Decorating a cake to resemble a playing card makes an ideal gift to present to anyone who likes to play cards. A card cake is a fun and festive addition to the table, whether the occasion is a birthday or a celebration of winning a poker championship. For a special treat, serve a card cake while playing games like Crazy Eights with your family on game night. In fact, decorating a cake as a card is simple enough for the whole family to do together.

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Things you need

  • Buttercream icing
  • Parchment paper or white copy paper
  • Coloured fondant
  • Rolling pin
  • Paring knife
  • Fondant or cookie cutters in shape of diamonds, hearts, clubs or spades (optional)
  • Star or circle tip
  • Pastry bag

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  1. 1

    Spread buttercream icing along the top and sides of a sheet cake.

  2. 2

    Allow icing to harden a bit before placing a paper on the surface. Rub gently to smooth, then discard the paper.

  3. 3

    Roll out fondant to 1/8 inch thick.

  4. 4

    Cut out numbers or letters and shapes with paring knife or cookie cutters. For example, if you are making an ace of spades cake, you need two letter As, one large spade and two small spades.

  5. 5

    Place the fondant pieces on the cake in their appropriate places.

  6. 6

    Embellish the cake further using a star or circle tip and pastry bag. Pipe small stars or circles adjoining each other on the top, outermost edge of the cake to make a border around the cake.

Tips and warnings

  • Use a real playing card or image of one to help you place fondant pieces in the correct positions.

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