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How To Make A Pillow Cake

[featuredcakes] Pillow cakes are such a neat design and are actually pretty simple to make. In this tutorial I'm going to show how to do a square pillow cake with curved sides as opposed to the straight sides. If you would like to do a pillow with just straight sides, just omit the steps that cut the curves out of the cake. Cutting curves into the cake does reduce the cake size a bit (but if your family likes cake scraps, then you are okay!). Don't restrict yourself to square cakes either! Pillow cakes can easily be made out of almost any shape cake.

Materials Needed: · Buttercream · Fondant· Coloring for your Fondant · Fondant smoother · Frozen cake · Rolling pin · Ruler · Serrated knife · Toothpicks

Step 1
Freeze cake. I used an 8" 2-layer filled cake. An 8" x 3" cake left whole or torted and filled would be just as good.

Step 2
Once cake is frozen, measure 1 inch in from the edge of the cake (centered) and place a toothpick in the spot.Repeat for remaining sides.

Step 3
Take a serrated knife and score a curved line from one corner to the toothpick and then to the opposite corner. Repeat for remaining sides.

Step 4
Cut straight down into the cake along the curved line. Don't worry if you end up cutting at an angle, you can always trim more off. Repeat for remaining sides.

Step 5
Take the serrated knife and begin to carve away the edges of the cake to taper it.

Keep carving until desired look is achieved.

Flip the cake over and repeat the process.Tip: some people like to purposely bake their cake with a hump which can help reduce the need for a lot of carving of the cake.

Step 6
Once you have your cake carved the way you like, attach the bottom side of the cake to a cake board. Ice the cake with a thin layer of buttercream, ensuring you ice the underside of the cake.

Step 7
Roll out fondant enough to cover the cake. For easier smoothing of the underside of the cake, elevate the cake and drape the fondant on top of the cake.Smooth the fondant on the cake working from the center and going towards the sides. Carefully smooth the fondant around the corners and the underside of the cake.

Trim excess fondant away.Curving the sides of the cake tends to lead to pointier corners, so ensuring that you carefully smooth around the corners and underneath will alleviate a lot of frustration of tearing of the fondant.Tip: Placing the cake in the refrigerator for a few minutes can help firm up the cake if the corners seem too soft. It is also easier for some people to place fondant on a chilled cake. If the fondant does not seems to stick to the cake, applying a little more pressure while smoothing can help it or spritzing the cake before hand with a bit of water may do the trick.
From this point the embellishments for pillow cakes are endless! For this pillow, I'm going to do a fairly simple design.
Materials Needed: · Clay gun · Dusts: African Violet petal dust and Super Pearl dust · Fondant· Coloring for your Fondant · Gum glue (mixture of gum paste or fondant and water) · Large blush brush · Paint brushes · Pre-made plain pearls (one large and four small) or balls of fondant just made · Silver dragees: 6mm, 5mm, and 4mm

Step 7
First mix a bit of the African Violet petal dust and Super Pearl dust to get the desired color and sheen. Use large blush brush to dust the entire pillow.

Step 7
With the clay gun, use the medium sized circle disc and make a long string of fondant. Cut and form into curls and attach to center of cake with gum glue. Repeat until the circle is complete.Tip: the fondant curls can also be attached with water or a clear extract or alcohol.

Step 7
Apply a small bit of gum glue to the center of the cake and then take a small ball of fondant and flatten it in the center. Use either a pre-made pearl or make a small ball out of fondant and attach to the center with gum glue.Paint it with a mixture of the petal and pearl dust mixture and a clear extract or alcohol. Then attach 6mm silver dragees all around the painted pearl.

Step 7
Paint the curls with the paint mixture and attach 5mm silver dragees to the center of each of the curls.

Step 7
With the clay gun, use the medium sized circle disc and make another long string of fondant. Using the gum glue, attach the string around the middle (sides) of the cake.Create tassels for the corners using another string of fondant. First cut 5 pieces to desired length and one smaller piece. Pinch the top edges together, apply gum glue to the small piece and wrap around the pinched edge.

Step 7
Attach the tassels to each corner with gum glue. Attach one pearl or fondant ball to the top of each of the four tassels. Paint the string around the middle of the cake, the pearls and the tassels with the paint mixture. Attach 5mm silver dragees on either side of each of the painted pearls. Place three 4mm silver dragees around the top edge of the painted pearls.

Pillow is now complete!

Comments (43)

This is great. I might try to do a mini pillow, maybe.
thanks again Jackie, you are indeed a good tutor! one feels as if she is acually making the cake with you by her side! keep it up
I am in search of the Tierra pattern used in this cake, as it is beautiful! Can you share that please? my email is
Can you please tell me what size round pan you used for the tier beneath? Thank you so much!
you are awesome! thanks for sharing.
Lovely,very detailed tutorial!
I love this cake soo much... I would love to make this for my Mom... and letting her know she is a Queen! My Queen...
would you share the tiera pattern. Beautiful thanks for sharing - my granddaughter would love this
I thank you for sharing I have been wondering how this is done. Now i know I will try it thank you again for sharing!
Fantastic instructions! Thanks for sharing and I have saved this to my My Favorites. I do believe this is the perfect cake for all occasions!
Increiblemente hermoso...y facil se ve muy facil hacerlo...Gracias.
Thank you SO very much! Can't wait to try...
This is awesome!!! im sure going to try this one.
what type of cake is best for scuplting?? some cakes tend to fall apart when there a certain kind that is better to make than others for shaping? thanks!
After looking over this post I may just try a pillos after all.
This is beautiful! Thankyou so much.
May I have the brand of your clay gun.
Missy - this was a wonderful tutorial. I followed it exactly and the carving came out perfectly. My clients love it. Thank you so much!
beautiful.thanks for sharing.will try making one soon.
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