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How to Make a Story Book Cake
Tell A Story
A home made and self decorated cake is a wonderful way to say "I love you" to that special someone in your life. The storybook cake is an easy and adaptable cake design that is sure to thrill your party guests and have them asking, "Who did your cake??"
It's a Piece of Cake!
You don't need a special cake pan for this cake. In fact, any rectangular pan will work. You can make a cake from scratch or from a store bought mix. For the Dora Storybook cake pictured above, I used a 9x13 glass pan that I already had in my pantry.
Bake and cool the cake. If you have multiple layers, be sure to fill the cake before stacking the layers.
After the cake is stacked, find the center of the cake and mark it with your serrated knife. Using the knife, carefully carve an indentation in the center, to resemble an open book. If it helps, find a book and place it open on a nearby surface as inspiration. Removing only a small amount of cake at a time (you can always carve more later, but cannot put cake back on, so go slowly!) carefully carve the shape of an open book (think: wave!). Once you are satisfied with the shape, cool your cake once more.
Once cooled, apply an initial coat of icing to your book cake. It's okay if crumbs get in this layer, as you are using it to keep the shape of the open book. After this initial icing coat, return the cake to the refrigerator.
After it's cooled again, begin your design.
- A braided cord of fondant (or even licorice!) makes an excellent bookmark.
- Gold or silver luster dust (found at your local craft story in their cake decorating aisle) makes a really neat gilding.
- After icing your storybook cake, use a pastry brush and drag it along the sides of the cake as a simple way to create "pages" (be sure to follow the curve of the open book).
- Does your book need a cover? You can use a cake board that is slightly larger around all edges than your book. Alternatively, you can put a 1/2 inch line of fondant or icing around the pages.
- Get creative with the "story" in the book. Put a special message from the main character to the birthday boy or girl. Or write a congratulations and note of best wishes to your college-bound teen. You are the author, so you decide!
- Think about your colors. School colors are always a hit for a graduation cake. And those baby celebrations call for blue or pink.
A Book Cake For Any Occasion
The design is up to you and the theme of your party. Here are a few ideas where the open book cake would be a great party centerpiece!
- Baptism or Bris Cake The book-cake can be decorated to look like a religious book. You can make one of the pages a special tribute to the baby and include date of birth, weight, height and name.
- Kid's Storybook Birthday Cake If your child's favorite character is Elmo, Dora or Spongebob, most can be configured as a storybook! If you are artistic and handy with cake piping, you can create the character out of icing and/or fondant and even add a few lines of text. Another option (great for cake decorating beginners!) is to create your own story page in a word processing program, then bring it to a bakery that specializes in printing with edible inks. Follow the directions on how to adhere the edible image to your story book.
- Graduation Cakes After your graduate is done hitting the books, let them eat the books! You can get fun and creative with a message for your guest of honor.
Time to Party
Whatever the occasion, a storybook cake is a great alternative to a sheet cake. Easy to create and simple to cut and serve, a storybook cake will be a tasty addition to your next party!