I made this Present Birthday Cake for my niece's 2nd birthday. I got the idea from the book Confetti Cakes for Kids by Elisa Strauss.
I began by making the tissue paper out of gum paste that I coloured blue. I rolled it quite thin, cut it into varying sizes of squares and then set it on crumpled paper towel to get the shape. I let it dry for a few days, then brushed on silver shimmer dust so that it had some shine to it. I used the rest of the blue gum paste to make the blue balls at the bottom edge of the cake.
I then coloured some gum paste purple and formed all of the loops for the bows around toothpicks and let them dry for a few days.
The cake itself is a chocolate cake with buttercream icing in between the 3 bottom layers. I stacked the 3 layers for the bottom of the box and covered them in a thin layer of buttercream icing so that the fondant would stick to the cake. The lid to the present is one layer of cake covered in buttercream icing and fondant that I coloured pink.
I coloured some fondant purple (trying to match the gum paste bow) and cut it into strips for the ribbon going down the sides of the cake. I used plastic dowels of different lengths on the 2 sides of the cake to get the impression that the lid was slightly open. I then stuck the gum paste tissue paper into the gap and secured it with icing. I rolled a ball of purple fondant and put it in the center and stuck the pieces of the bow into the fondant.
I made this homemade zebra print gift wrap cake for my niece's 3rd b-day because her mom loves animal print and hot pink and black together. I got this cake idea from this site but I used a round pan instead of square.
I made a vanilla cake batter and added crushed Oreos coated in flour to the batter then baked. I made homemade buttercream and divided in half. I crushed Oreos very finely and added to 1/2 of the frosting and covered the cake. I let the cake set in the fridge for an hour and then frosted the cake again in smooth buttercream.
I covered the cake in homemade marshmallow fondant. I then colored some marshmallow fondant black and using a fondant cutter, I free-handed the zebra stripes and placed on the cake after laying water lightly on the back of each stripe. Be careful to use a damp paint brush because too much water will cause the black color to run and it will look green on the cake!
I then colored some more fondant hot pick and made my strips and curls for the bow and let dry in the fridge. I made the balls for trim. I forgot that I needed frosting to attach the bow and ball trim so I used butter in a frosting bag with the tip cut off and placed a very small amount of butter around the bottom of the cake and then a blob of butter on top for the bow.
The homemade zebra print gift wrap cake tasted great with the Oreos and was a big hit!