Sally’s having a baby and she wanted a book shower…so naturally Team Cake (Kerri & me) decided to make a book cake. And since it’s a girl, we needed a little princess bling, so we added that, too.
We started with two squares of lemon pound cake, plus one cupcake and an ice cream cone. I forgot to take a picture of the filling, but it was raspberry jam with a little almond flavoring and a pinch of salt mixed in. (Don’t tell Kerri that I told you, the filling was her secret recipe.)
Once the cake was crumb-coated…
. . . we rolled out fondant for the cake.
The green went around the top and one side, the white around the other three sides. I scored the white part for the pages, then Kerri mixed food coloring “paint” and added that nice aged look.
Meanwhile, I made white chocolate letters for the cover.
We were both too engrossed in covering the hat—the cupcake topped with the ice cream cone—in fondant to take any pictures. It was something of an ordeal and the finished product tended more towards the Hogwarts sorting hat than a princess chapeau, but we decided to go for a ‘faded elegance’ vibe, so what the heck.
We tucked cotton candy around the base of the hat—we wanted to use it for a veil, but it was too clumpy—added little pearly things, painted the whole thing with shimmer dust, added a lock and key (these are dangerous fairy tales) and called it a day.
The next day the cotton candy had sort of melted, so I added another layer at the WoFfice. It also melted, but remember that faded elegance thing? It worked.
And just so you know, this is what my kitchen looked like after 5 hours of cake decorating. Beauty has its price.
But that’s OK, because it was a hit at the shower–and once we cut into it, that book was gone in no time flat. And they lived happily ever after.