Gift cake or a present cake and how to make the lids three different ways.
Lately I have been asked how I do the lids on my cakes. I actually have three different methods depending on the finish of the cake I am making. The cake gallery above has two photos of each of the three ways as a reference.
1. This method I can use if the cake is to a budget (this is the quickest and easiest) and the lid and the box are all in the one colour.
The examples are the tiffany blue cake with the white bow and the pink spot cake with the cocktail glass.
With this method the cake is covered exactly the same as you would do a square or round cake then measure down from the top edge the depth of the lid you want then deeply mark the lid edge. I actually use a ruler that is the depth I usually use so I line that up with the top edge then mark along the bottom edge – very quick and easy. If you are taking the ribbon down the side of the gift cake then also mark this where it goes over the lid. This method also means you only have one thickness of fondant on the top of the cake.
2. This method means you can easily have a contrasting colour for the lid or it can be the same.
The examples are the square red and white present cake and the black and gold cake.
Firstly you cover the entire cake with fondant and the best way is to leave this to dry for one day. Then roll out the lid fondant. You will need to wet the cake where the lid is to go so the fondant will stick and you need to wet the entire lid surface – leave no spots as these may become air pockets. You can mark the lid edge the same way as the first method so this will be your guide. Then cover the top in fondant and instead of just marking the lid edge you will cut away the fondant excess. You will need to take into account that you have the thickness of the lid fondant so your cutting mark will be that thickness lower than you measured for the lid wetting area. I hope this makes sense!!!
3. This is the open topped gift cake or present cake. This is the method I use when the gifts are to be filled presents – often things that are special to the birthday person or kitchen utensils for a kitchen tea cake. The lid in this cake is a piece of polystyrene foam that I cut to about 1″ thickness then glue on to it’s own matching cake board. I then ganache this then cover it with fondant as if it is a cake and add the bow etc. The cake itself is covered as usual then the gifts are placed on top before icing the lid in place. It can be a bit fiddly placing everything so there are no gaps and this is when having a tissue paper effect in fondant comes in handy.
Well I hope this how to do lids on cakes make sense and as I write this I think maybe I need to make a video the next time I do a cake with method two!!!
Bye for now, Michelle