The cake is a bed with a quilt draped over the top of it. My best friend is a quilter and I used her original quilt design as the pattern for the quilt.
I used a half sheet cake pan for the bed. I cut a little off the end to use as the pillow and then cut the cake in half and stacked it. I used butter cream frosting as filling and then applied a crumb coat.
Once dried, I frosted the entire cake with white butter cream frosting. A tip I learned from my sister, a fellow cake maker: Use a Viva paper towel to smooth out the frosting. Works only with this brand of paper towel. You lay the towel on the frosting and gently rub till it's smooth. The results are amazing.
The night before, I created a template of the quilt to use as a guide. I rolled out white fondant to the appropriate size. I created the criss-cross pattern by using an impression mat. NOTE: do not press down too far or you will cut through the fondant. I drew the rest of the pattern with a ruler as my guide using Edible marking pens. I wrapped the pillow in fondant also and created the quilt pattern on the pillow to match the bed.
I also used dusting powder to create the border of the quilt and pillow case.
Once the design was finished I draped it over the cake and then added the pillow. I also added the Happy Birthday sign.
This bed cake was made with a sheet cake pan, the finished cake was split, iced in the middle, then cut in half and pillow sculpted with extra cake. First I iced the outside of the cake with frosting, then prepared the fondant.
I used white fondant for the bedspread then cut out stripes of pink, yellow and orange fondant, topped with purple hearts of fondant. I used a paint brush with water to help afix the fondant to itself. For the head and foot board I used my favorite gingerbread recipe and cut out the large 'cookies' of the foot and head boards. I used a fondant to make the flower motifs and painted the fondant with food coloring gel.
I was inspired to make this cake when my almost two year old daughter started reciting the 5 little monkeys story. She would put her little tiny finger up and shake it with vigor and say, "Doctor said, no more monkey's jumping on the bed!" We all would giggle and then ask her again, "What did that doctor say?" To which she would unceasingly reply, "NO MORE MONKEYS JUMPING ON THE BED!" She is now 2 1/2 and still loves monkeys!
I made this pillow cake as a sponge cake and used shaped cake tins. The cakes are made in two halves. I covered the bottom halves first with butter icing and then sugar paste icing which I colored pink and turned upside down onto board. You have to make sure that you really smooth down the sugar paste in order for it to stick evenly to the cakes, especially the bottom halves.
I then used the same method to cover the top halves and used butter cream as a filling. With a piece of ribbon as a guide I marked out the lines with a wheel tool. I placed wooden dowels in the bottom cake in order to support the top cake which was placed on a small round card.
I sprayed the top of each cake with a pearl spray. The cup and saucer on top of the cake was made with gum paste molded to a cup & saucer and left to dry and sprayed pearl pink. The roses were also made with the gum paste but colored 2 shades of pink.