I made this gift box cake for my friend's mom's 50th birthday party. The decorations were all in red, black, purple, and turquoise but since I couldn't figure out how to make turquoise with food paste I left that color out.
This is my second fondant cake and I used marshmallow fondant instead of the Wilton brand. I've heard from multiple people that it tastes much better and is easier to work with. I had to make two batches of fondant because the cake was so large.
The cake is actually 7 different cakes. The bottom striped gift box is four separate 9x13 cakes, two 2-layer cakes sitting next to each other. I then frosted them as if they were one cake, and added the fondant. The top polka dot gift box is three 8 in. square cakes, stacked on top of each other. Instead of splitting the batter between two 8 in. pans, I used it all in just one pan, so each layer is a full cake.
I had a real hard time with the black fondant, possibly because of the large amount of food coloring I had to use, it kept breaking on me. I had to cover up several holes with polka dots. The ribbons, bow, and 50 are also fondant, I made them a couple of days ahead of time so they could dry, and actually were still very wet. I had to put them in front of a fan for most of the second day to dry them.
Over all it turned out pretty good, everyone liked it.
My girlfriend asked me to make a cake for her friend's birthday. All she told me of this friend was that she was a wild, crazy and fun gal. I had creative license with the cake and this Homemade Gift Box Birthday Cake is what I came up with.
This was my 3rd time working with fondant. It's a homemade marshmallow fondant, flavored with coconut. The white flowers are made of fondant as well, but the bow pink flowers are made with gumpaste, flavored with cinnamon.
I made the bow and flowers a day ahead to allow them to set. The bow is assembled on top of the cake with tempered pink chocolate.
This is a very easy cake to make, just time consuming with all the little details. But lots of fun!
This is how I made this Gift Box Cake. I iced both cakes with buttercream icing and sat in the fridge to chill while I worked on fondant circles. I made the marshmallow fondant and cut out circles in different sizes to add around edges. I also cut out a piece of fondant in the shape of a gift tag and placed in the fridge for it to harden, gift tag seemed to work better that way.
I used left over butter cream and piped Welcome "baby name". Made the bow on top with regular ribbon.
My daughter had a small turquoise ring box on her dresser that I decided to copy for her Gift Box Birthday Cake.
I used square tinfoil cake pans and made two cake mixes, one strawberry and the other yellow. I used canned vanilla frosting between the layers and as a crumb coat. I made marshmallow fondant and colored it turquoise for the outside.
I left the fondant white for the ribbon; I just copied the loops for the bow, there wasn't any need to let them dry first.
This whole Gift Box Cake is edible except for the real pearls. The box top is a cake, the bottom and the pillow are cakes also. The flowers are all made from fondant. This is my first gift box cake and I haven't been working with fondant very long, this is the first time that I've marbled my fondant too.