I'd like to ask everyone who's done stacked books how they did the covers.
What did you use?
I made a cake with two books. Go to my webshots portfolio, page 8 and look at Fuzzy Thinker 2010. This was done for an art show & sale.
The books were a sheet cake that was cut more or less 2/3 - 1/3 proportion, and stacked at an angle. The smaller book is on its own board so it woulnd't sink into the larger book. I had wanted it originally to overhang, but given that the cake had a 1 hour trip by public transit to the university, and would sit all day on display (and then lugged home again because no one bought it) I made it a litttle smaller for stability.
Three edges were iced in white (actually ivory leftovers from the Mamma Mia cake) and the book edges textured with a fork. Also I took a flat tip like #45 and piped the colored icing just over the white to create an illusion of an edge. (If this had been judged show work I would have made more of a leatherwork tooled design on the book covers. But it was late at night and I was running out of steam.)
The cake has a dowel all the way through the bear and books. someone gave instructions on CC how to do that if you search for "Mr. Bear" and dowel. If I had thought of it sooner, the dowel could have included the hat on the head, but I thought of the hat only at the last minute, so the hat is on the side.
good luck and please share photos!
I used fondant to cover the one I made. It wasn't stacked, but you would do the same for a stacked one. You will need to dowel (or use straws) in your first tier to support the second book on top which will also sit on a cake board. I am actually making a stacked book cake myself next week. Good luck
this is a good thread
I used fondant with tylose added to cover the 3 books I stacked (in my photos). I also used bubble tea straws for support.