I am going to make a gift cake using fondant. I would like to make the folds as with real wrapping paper. Does anyone know how to do this?
At the risk of sounding too simplistic, just wrap the cake as you would a gift.
I'd put the fondant over the cake and fold the ends just like you do a present. You may need to add some gum tex to your fondant, or maybe some tylose, just enough to make it a bit more elastic, but not enough to make it as strong as full strength gumpaste.
I agree with karateka, I think that you should just wrap it as if you were wrapping a gift.
I would use the end of a small paint brush or somthing like that and just kind of "draw" the lines in. If you try to do all of that folding with the fondant I'm afraid that you will make it way too bulky and it sounds easier to do that it is. I do most of the fondant work at the bakery I work at and that is the way we do it. Hope this helps
Or you could use an exacto knife to cut the sides of the cake to look like folded paper... that way there would be less bulk... Now how to make the little pieces of tape?
You would have to roll the fondant a bit thinner if you just wrap the cake like a gift, to avoid it being too bulky. Or alternatively you could cut or impress the fondant lines appropriately with a gumpaste tool or dull edge of a knife.