From celebrating a graduation to a book lover's birthday, creating a cake shaped like a stack of books is not only delicious, but also can create the perfect centrepiece. Any kind of cake can be utilised, as well as any colour for the books. Add small details or writing to the cake to really personalise it for a certain person or event. The cake can also be created several days in advance due to the ability of the fondant to keep it moist.
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Things you need
- 1 box cake mix
- Large bowl
- 9-inch by 13-inch cake pan
- Sharp knife
- Cake platter
- Icing knife
- Buttercream icing
- Fondant, white and coloured
- Fondant rolling pin
- Edible pen, in black
Prepare the cake mix according to the manufacturer's directions. Bake the cake in the greased pan according to the recipe.
Allow the cake to cool after it is removed from the pan. Place it on the cutting board and slice it in half to create two smaller rectangles, shaped like books. Carve out a 1-inch strip along the two widths and on long side of both cakes -- this will be where the pages are. Place them in the freezer on the platter.
Remove the cakes when frozen and brush off any crumbs. Cover them both with buttercream icing and smooth it as much as possible using the icing knife.
Grease your hands and rolling surface with a thin layer of shortening. Place enough fondant on it to cover one book. Roll it to 1/4 inch thick.
Center one half of the cake on the board, setting the other aside. Lift the fondant off of the rolling surface and place it on the cake. Press it down, smoothing it across the surface and ensuring that it moulds around the carved-out areas. Trim off any excess from around the bottom using the knife.
Place the second cake on top of the first, arranging it as you desire. Roll out more fondant and cover the second cake.
Roll out white fondant to 1/8 inch thick. Cut two 1-inch-wide strips from it, at least 1 1/2 feet long. Press one into the carved-out side of the cake, wrapping it around so it reaches the other end. Trim both ends to make them fit -- these are the pages. Repeat this with the second cake and the second strip.
Draw any details on the cake that you desire using the edible pen, from the title to a few lines between pages.
Tips and warnings
- Different colours of fondant can be used for the books.
- If representing a bible, gold fondant can be used instead of white for the pages, as they are generally gold-tipped.
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