This Homemade Birthday Book Cake is my first attempt at covering a cake with fondant over a marzipan layer. My first cake was covered with a marzipan. The kids love the marzipan taste but the molding was not so smooth and it did not color quite nicely. Fondant, on the other hand looked smooth and I thought I would give it a try.
Starting your first fondant covered cake with a book idea is probably one of the simplest with good result. I used a semi-cylindrical cake pan for the rounded spine and a square cake pan for the body of the book. First I covered it with almond paste or marzipan (recipe from here...)
Remember to use fruit jam as on the surface of the cake to 'stick' the marzipan. Since marzipan is easy to shape, I introduce edges for the book to give it more shape.
For the fondant layer, I start with thin rectangular strips of uncolored white fondant on the sides to make them look like pages of the book. The the green layer for the front hard cover and orange layer to highlight the spine of the book.
This Book Cake Idea is made from chocolate and white 9 x 13 cake, halved, and stacked. I used a homemade butter cream covered in black fondant. The fondant is a little cracked which I thought added to the idea that this was a leather bound book.
After I covered it in fondant, I brushed it with water to make it shiner. I used a large serrated icing tip around the edge to give a look of pages. I think this would look good being a bible, but since this was made for school I picked a classic novel - East of Eden by John Steinbeck.
Everyone in my English class just loved the book. It looked very realistic and got me an A!
I made this Book Cake for my Father's 80th Birthday! I used 2 modified mixes (cake mix, milk instead of water, 4 eggs, 2 egg white- same amount of oil) for the cake itself (it's a yellow cake and a basic butter cream frosting) and baked it in a large, rectangular pan.
The book is made from a sheet of Rice Crispy Treats covered in Chocolate Fondant. I laid it over a the heavily frosted yellow cake and cut the letters and bookmark out of the remaining fondant. The letters are painted with Gold Luster Dust/ Vodka mix.
It's a bit bumpy and not my best work but I'm sure my DAD will LOVE it since I made it for him myself!
I made an oblong cake, and cut a notch in the centre for this Book Cake. I put thin layer of buttercream icing on it and then covered it with fondant icing. I used the edge of a ruler to mark the pages and put a separate oblong of fondant icing on the top to look like a page and curled up the corners.
The ribbon and pen are also made of fondant icing. I painted the edges of the "pages" with edible gold "paint" and the writing was done with an icing pen.
This Book Cake is a 13 x 9 inc cake that I carved and covered with fondant. The top page is fondant rolled really thin and I pinched the edges to make them look old. I painted the pink book mark with pink luster dust and brushed dry luster dust on the ribbon roses.