How To Make Book Cakes

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Last week, I shared my son’s book themed first birthday party! As I promised, I’m going to share how I made these awesome book cakes!

Let’s be honest, these cakes came out way better than I thought they would. This was my first time attempting to make any kind of “shaped cake” and since a book is already in the shape of a rectangle, half of the work was already done. This was also my first time making and decorating with fondant. Making and working with fondant was also a lot easier than I imagined, I would definitely do it again.

I started out by making my marshmallow fondant the day before I decorated the cakes. It is best when it has time to set. I used this recipe from Rose Bakes and followed her directions closely.

I made two cakes, the larger one was Ina Garten’s Beatty’s Chocolate Cake with peanut butter frosting (a favorite around here) and the smaller cake was a banana cake made with a box mix and some ripe bananas thrown in.

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I baked the cakes in a 9 x 13″ pan. 2 layers for the chocolate cake, and 1 for the banana cake.

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For the small book cake, you will only need 1/2 of your 9 x 13″ cake. Here I had taken the half cake I was going to use and cut it in half again, so I would have two layers for my mini book cake.

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I cut a thin layer off of the cake so I had a flat surface for the bottom of the cake.

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Then I frosted the top, and placed another layer of cake on top.

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Now the fun part, CARVING! I used a bread knife for all of the shaping.

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I made a small cut in the center of the cake, and cut down towards the center from each side making a V shaped valley in the center of the cake.

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Then I cut the sides of the cake also at an angle sloping downwards.

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Using the previous cuts as a guide, I then rounded each side as smoothly as I could using a knife.

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The next step is to cover your cake with a crumb coat of icing. I used peanut butter icing here.

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I completed the same steps with my larger cake too!

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I took the fondant I made the night before and kneaded it really well. This part is crucial to getting your fondant to be flexible and smooth.

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Using a rolling pin, I rolled out a large section of fondant to cover my cake. I used corn starch to keep the fondant from sticking to the counter and rolling pin. It worked great!

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I got the fondant on the cake by rolling the fondant onto the rolling pin, and then rolled the fondant off of the rolling pin gently over the cake.

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Starting in the center crease of the cake I used my hands to gently press the fondant to the sides of the cake.

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I used a pizza cutter to cut off the extra fondant.

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Here you can see the large cake.

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Next, I went around all of the sides and using some wooden clay tools, I drew lines to look like book pages.

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Then I cut a small semi circle where the book binding will go.

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I rolled out some blue fondant for the book binding and used a pizza cutter to cut long strips.

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Then I placed the binding around the edges of the book, using a little bit of water to help it stick to the other fondant.

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Lastly, I made some fun colors of icing and piped some decorations using a plastic ziploc with the tip cut off.

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I’m so happy with the way these cakes came out! I made both of these cakes for under $30! I hope this is a helpful post that inspires you to create your own book cakes!

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7 thoughts on “How To Make Book Cakes

    • thecheerfulspace says:

      Thank you Helen! This would be great for a graduation celebration! I did go over and share at your link up! So fun! What a great group of links! 🙂

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