I've spent quite a while going through old threads here regarding book cakes and I have yet to find anything on how to make the cover look more realistic? Does anyone have any tip/tricks that they used to achieve this? Thanks!
First, try to get the top of the book very level and smooth. Second, make sure you make the indent where the cover bends open on a hard cover book (I used a dowel to help me do that), and third, if the book is to be thick, you could put a very slight curve on the edge of the spine (optional). Also using dusting powder to vary the tone a bit on the cover and darken the area where the cover bends and give depth to the ridging on the "pages" - that helps a lot with the illusion.
You can add your own tweaks by taking a look at a real book and seeing what you notice that makes it look like a book!
Thank you! Great idea about dusting them!
Happy to help! I'd love to see how your book cake turns out. You can look at mine -- it was the size of a big dictionary, and managed to fool quite a few people.
If you are doing an "old" book cake, make the cover in brown fondant and brush with cocoa powder, then dust off. It gives an "old book" finish.