Bible Cake Help Needed

Decorating By topaz176 Updated 25 Sep 2010 , 4:35pm by loves2bake

topaz176 Posted 16 Sep 2010 , 2:55am
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I have seen pictures of these cakes that looks like the top pages has an folded effect just like a real book.
How is this done ?

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Lorraine25 Posted 16 Sep 2010 , 3:33am
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Never done one before but I have made like "scrolls" I will say cut a thin layer of fondant like the page size and mix it with a little gumpaste put some round like a pencil or a brush and roll the corner. Hope it helps icon_wink.gifGood luck icon_wink.gif

hollyberry91 Posted 16 Sep 2010 , 4:11am
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Are you talking about where the 2 pages slope downward towards the middle of the book and also slope down towards the sides? If i were doing that i would carve the cake in that shape then cover in buttercream and fondant. HTH

topaz176 Posted 17 Sep 2010 , 10:33am
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I think is something what Lorraine25
is talking about.
The ends of the page is not flat.

dezzib27 Posted 23 Sep 2010 , 6:46pm
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You can definitely carve the cake or there are cake pans in that shape already.

auntginn Posted 23 Sep 2010 , 7:03pm
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If you mean the edges of the cake look like pages of a book, I take the Wilton Scraper and use the side that has te scallloped edge. Run it along the sides of my cake and after the bc dries and lightly brush with gold luster. You can also spray paint pointing down.

Bskinne Posted 23 Sep 2010 , 7:06pm
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I did one, you can see it at http://www.cakecentral.com/cake-photo_1767619.html
I just made the fondant slightly larger and folded it under.....if you need, feel free to ask me anything else about it....books are fun.... icon_smile.gif

topaz176 Posted 23 Sep 2010 , 9:48pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by auntginn

If you mean the edges of the cake look like pages of a book, I take the Wilton Scraper and use the side that has te scallloped edge. Run it along the sides of my cake and after the bc dries and lightly brush with gold luster. You can also spray paint pointing down.




Hi,
Maybe I am not explaining my self the right way.
I do not mean the sides of an open book.

I mean the top page ( the top of the cake) seems as if the edge of the page is not flat.

I will try to find a pic

Bskinne Posted 23 Sep 2010 , 9:58pm
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There is no example. Is the book open or closed? I put a URL to a stack of closed books I did above, like that? I'm confused....

topaz176 Posted 23 Sep 2010 , 10:09pm
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Cant download the pic but I added the site .

auntginn Posted 23 Sep 2010 , 10:15pm
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I saw the pic topaz put as the example. An open book with the corners of the page turned back slightly.

Lay a thin piece of fondant over the cake. At the corners take a dowel or straw and pull the fondant up over it. Allow it to dry and it will keep its shape.

IMHO the book in this pic is a little too flat for my taste. I would not lay the fondant as flat giving it the appearance of a book or page used.

HTH

Bskinne Posted 23 Sep 2010 , 10:36pm
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Ah, I see now....auntginn has the right idea, and I agree about the cake being too flat. You could still cover with a solid piece of fondant but it should be shaved down in the center so it has some dimension. Post pics when you do it! icon_smile.gif

PinkLisa Posted 23 Sep 2010 , 10:57pm
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You can also add a frosting sheet on the top with the word printed with an edible printer. There's one in my photos. I like the frosting sheet rather than fondant since it's thinner like paper. I was thinking of using rice paper but it wrinkled too much.

CakesbyCarla Posted 24 Sep 2010 , 1:09am
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I've done two bible cakes (one in fondant and one in buttercream).

From the pic you posted I would cover your book in fondant. Then use a tool to score the sides to make it look like pages (that's what I did in the link below). Then, roll an additional thin layer of fondant (you could make it thinner than what you covered the cake with ) and put it on top of the cake to be your top "page".

I think you could approach it in one of two ways.

1) Roll a page big enough to cover both sides of your open book and then use a ruler or other stiff straight edge to press it down into the "spine' of the book.

or

2) Cut TWO pages and do each half of the book separately and have them meet at the spine in the middle.


After you lay this top page on, roll the edges you wish to have standing up and shape them (maybe with a fondant tool or small detail brush's handle).

After it's shaped the way you want, prop it with either the tool you shaped it with or some paper towels/tissues to hold it up until it dries.

To help cover the pages seam down the middle (if you do the two separate pages approach), I would run a small bead of royal icing down the middle and use either the back of a spoon or a small spatula to smooth it out (like caulking a bathtub - LOL).

Additionally, something that helps cover that middle section and adds to the realism, is making a ribbon bookmark out of fondant and laying it down the middle.

Hope that helps.

http://cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1669195

loves2bake Posted 25 Sep 2010 , 2:29am
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I've made this Bible cake for a pastor's celebration and recdeived many compliments.

Yes, there is a Wilton pan that makes the pages curve. Yes, use the tool to score the sides.

auntginn Posted 25 Sep 2010 , 3:49am
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Loves2bake do you have any pics using this pan from Wilton?? Or maybe yours??

loves2bake Posted 25 Sep 2010 , 4:09am
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I do have a pic but it's on my other computer.. which has a virus icon_sad.gif or I'd upload it.
But it's an old wilton pan. I'd suggest getting on amazon and seeing if you can find it. sometime they have a trial w/free shipping thumbs_up.gif
The only thing is that it's not that big - maybe serving 15 or so.

If you can't find it, then carving is the next best thing; just make sure you use a sturdy cake.

Good luck! Let us know how it comes out or if you need more help icon_wink.gif

topaz176 Posted 25 Sep 2010 , 1:43pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by auntginn

I saw the pic topaz put as the example. An open book with the corners of the page turned back slightly.

Lay a thin piece of fondant over the cake. At the corners take a dowel or straw and pull the fondant up over it. Allow it to dry and it will keep its shape.

HTH




Thanks!
Can the fondant be put on top of a buttercream decorated cake ?
or is best all fondant ?

jules5000 Posted 25 Sep 2010 , 2:11pm
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I made a Bible on top of a cake for my parents 50th Anniversary cake. I tried to duplicate their original cake for them. I had a few pictures and just had to guess on what the pictures didn't tell me. My parents were very happy with it and I received many compliments on it. I did not have a book pan to make my cake with. I just made a extra high layer cake and did my carving from it. Unfortunately I tried to paste and copy my picture here, but it didn't work. My pages are not curved or anything very much, but if you want to see it just put a search in for cakes done by jules5000.

THere was a lady that attended that was a professional cake decorator for years that said I did a beautiful job. So that meant a lot to me. My uncle who was in the wedding and others that were in my parents wedding said that I did a good job of duplicating the wedding cake. The one I made was bigger than the original, but we wanted people to have all the cake they wanted. Good luck.

auntginn Posted 25 Sep 2010 , 2:24pm
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Topaz, whenever your using fondant the cake needs some kind of coating to seal the cake and act as a glue between the cake and fondant. I have always used buttercream for this but am also ready on another post that some use ganache.

For the open Bible you can cover your cake in buttercream and put a layer of fondant just on top as an accent or cover the whole cake in fondant. Designers choice!

Don't forget to post a pic after.

loves2bake Posted 25 Sep 2010 , 4:35pm
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Fondant is pretty, but IMO, it's a waste of money and time when you can achieve close to the same look with CBC. I put my Bible cake on top of a bigger (sheet-type) cake and did ice down the center to hold them together. No dowels needed, but I didn't have to drive that far so that's your call.

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