How Do I Make A Gift Box Cake With A Lifted Lid?

Decorating By ByTheSlice Updated 26 Aug 2009 , 5:49am by mrsmudrash

ByTheSlice Posted 20 Aug 2008 , 5:18pm
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I would love to make a gift box cake with a lifted lid, but I am not sure how to construct it without the lid sliding off. Can anyone give me some advice? Thanks in advance! icon_rolleyes.gif

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cakebaker1957 Posted 20 Aug 2008 , 5:38pm
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Hello there was a thread on here that showed how to do it, if i recall you can take dowel rods and prop the lid up .

deliciously_decadent Posted 20 Aug 2008 , 9:43pm
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i recently made a shoe box and made the lid from gumpaste by taking the cake tin i used for the cake wraping in plastic wrap greasing then using it as a mold for the lid shape, once it had dried on the outside i turned it over and removed the cake tin and allowed the inside to dry, i left it for a few days to harden then fixed it to the cake with RI (it was actually for my own birthday cake so i can tell you it was appliued so well i ended up having to break the the lid to remove it icon_biggrin.gif !! if you are wanting it to be raised up with flowers or something spilling out i would use a wedge of styro between the cak and the
lid to provide a hard stabe surface that will not break the lid, this way you can also attach your flowers starignt into the styro too which will keep them in place!

scWMI Posted 20 Aug 2008 , 9:57pm
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I've always just used a cardboard cake circle or two covered with fondant. You can also use a 1" or so high cake layer and attach it to a cake circle cut to the same size. Make sure you attach it to the cake using melted chocolate or royal icing so it doesn't go naywhere.

CoutureCakeCreations Posted 20 Aug 2008 , 10:01pm
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I am going to be doing one of these cakes soon, so keep the answers coming. I am also interested!

MacsMom Posted 20 Aug 2008 , 10:33pm
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It's really easy...

I use styrofoam. First, apply a thin layer of piping gel to one side of the foam. Roll out gumpaste and set the foam, gel side down, on top. Use a knife or pizza wheel to trim the gumpaste evenly around the foam. Flip it upside down to dry overnight.

I use gumpaste because it dries hard enough that the dowels used to prop the lid up won't poke through.

Once dried, flip it gumpaste-side-down and cover the lid with fondant just like you would a cake.

I use 4 straws of graduating height to set the lid on top of (poking the straws all the way through the cake to the cake board). To make sure the lid won't slip, I mark where the straws are on the undersideof the lid and poke toothpicks in the foam on those marks. When you return the lid, stick the toothpicks inside the straws. You only need 2 to hold it in place.

Lastly, I begin rolling thin squares of 50/50 fondant/gumpaste for the tissue paper and begin stuffing it around the straws to hide them. You can do this before putting the lid back on.

ByTheSlice Posted 21 Aug 2008 , 5:46pm
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Oh, thank you, thank you, thank you. This is why this website is so wonderful. You all always come through for me! Kellie

Cake_Princess Posted 22 Aug 2008 , 3:05am
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Originally Posted by ByTheSlice

I would love to make a gift box cake with a lifted lid, but I am not sure how to construct it without the lid sliding off. Can anyone give me some advice? Thanks in advance! icon_rolleyes.gif

For my gift box cake, I basically used a cake pan to build the lid on. Invert the cake pan. Dust the bottom with corn starch. Roll out your gumpaste and lay it over the inverted cake pan. Smooth out the gumpaste. Use a sharp knife to trim the sides of the gumpaste. Build the bow directly on top of the lid. Let the entire thing dry on top of the cake pan. Remove carefully and place a cakeboard under the lid to distribute the weight evenly. Support the lid using dowels. I used chopsticks.

If you have anymore questions feel free to PM me.

Here's the cake I did using this method.

wildwolves Posted 26 Aug 2009 , 4:27am
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I have always wanted to try one of these cakes but have been to scared.. I have a friends baby shower in a few weeks and i'm going to attempt to make one.. The tips and advice on this site are amazing! i'm soo addicted! thanks everyone! thumbs_up.gif

dandelion56602 Posted 26 Aug 2009 , 5:45am
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Do you guys have tips for a lifted lid made out of cake. I'm soooo wanting to try it, but my stomach does flips when I think about attempting it---the cake sliding off the boards. Would you dowel every cake? The Cake Girls did it w/ their treasure chest cake a couple weeks ago--I think they used 1/2 rounds stacked side by side.

mrsmudrash Posted 26 Aug 2009 , 5:49am
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I just made the box lid with one layer of cake on a cake board cut to that size. Then I buttercream crumb coated it and covered it with fondant. After that I put a couple dowels close to the front of the cake (like an inch or two) and make sure it's an inch or so higher than the cake. I then put melted chocolate at the back of the cake box and on the dowels. Then I set the back of the lid onto the back of the cake box and gently lay it on the dowels. I let the chocolate set up for about 15 min before putting the tissue paper in to hide the dowels. Good luck!! icon_smile.gif

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