Fondant Gift Box Cake
I recently made this Gift Box cake so I put together this tutorial for you.
Fondant Gift Box Cake
The Box or base cake
Start with your basic crumb coated cake.
Then roll your fondant.
Here I have embossed my fondant. You can leave it plain or design it with some stripes, dots or even stencil it.
And there is my cake covered cake with embossed fondant.
This is a 6 inch cake and once you add buttercream and fondant the top measure is about 61/2 inches or more. So I have here a 6 inch cake pan bottom and an 9 inch cake pan bottom. I do not want my lid to be too big (may be about an inch) as my cake is only 4 inches tall.
Roll out your fondant for the lid. Then use your cake circle or cake pan base and cut it out. You can even use your Wilton mat to measure the circle.
Now place a parchment paper on the cake circle/ base and place the cut lid on it. Now place this in the fridge for about 15 minutes.
When you place it in the fridge,
- The fondant firms up a bit so it doesn’t stretch while your pick it up and work on it. You can move it up and around working easily until you get the desired effect.
- You do not need to add water to stick. The condensation that happen after you take it out from the fridge is good enough to stick the lid to the base as well as avoid any air pockets.
- Since you do not need to add water to stick, using two strong contrasting colors such as these do not bleed while you are working. (ask me how I know?)
Once the fondant is firm enough to handle. Place your actual cake circle (this is a 6″cake so I used a 6″ cake pan base) and ever so lightly mark an impression like above.
Note – my above impressions is more pronounced because I wanted to ensure that the camera catches it, but the impressions you make should be very light only to serve you as a guide such that once you smooth it over it should disappear.
Now Place it on the Cake. Try to center impressions as best you can.
Move to adjust making sure you use the impression to ensure you have a nice center.
As the fondant softens you will slowly easy the sides.
Be very gentle and patient or you will see cracks on your fondant. Once all the sides are smooth. Start shaping it.
To get a nice edge on the top. Use your thumb and finger like shown to shape the top edge. Make sure to smooth out any finger impressions.
Now you should have a more precise edge as compared to the rounded edge before.
Next, work on your ribbon. You can use a simple strip of the base color. I am making a striped one here. You could also use a design or fondant cut outs on it.
Roll a strip of white and a very thin long strip of red like so..
Then place the two red strips on the big white strip, like so.(you could also use just one red strip along the center)
Now place it on the cake and cut the extra. Like so.
Use your spatula or flat tool to ease the fondant ribbon into the cake box below the lid.
Now go ahead and work on your bow. Don’t worry I will show you how to do the bow too. However, I put it on a different post to avoid this post from being too long. You will find the bow tutorial here.
Here is my finished cake.