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Simple Present Birthday Cake Tutorial
Heather

Simple Present Birthday Cake Tutorial

by Heather
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This adorable present cake is perfect for any birthday and will take you no time to make! The cake features a beautiful big fondant bow complete with party streamers around the base and on top of the cake, all topped off with a pink satin ribbon around the cake drum. Here we've gone for a chocolate brown and baby pink theme, but you can literally choose any colours you want. You could also use this tutorial to make a 'Tiffany' gift box cake using duck egg blue sugarpaste with a beautiful white bow. If you wanted to personalise your cake you could use a selection of clikstix or alphabet cutters to add a name or number on a pretty sugarpaste plaque.

you will need...

  • Square 6" Sponge Cake
  • Square 8" Cake Drum
  • Chocolate Brown Sugarpaste
  • Baby Pink Sugarpaste
  • Gum Tragacanth
  • Ribbon Cutter
  • Quilting Tool
  • Cone Modelling Tool
  • Plastic cake dowel
  • Small Fluted Edge Cutter
  • PME Round Cutter Set
  • FMM Alphabet & Number Cutter Set
  • Rolling Pin
  • Edible Glue
  • Kitchen Roll
  • 15mm Pink Satin Ribbon

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Ready Made Vanilla Sponge Cake - 6
Ready Made Vanilla Sponge Cake - 6" Sq
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£8.90
5
5" Square Cake Drum / Board
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£1.08
Renshaws Regalice Chocolate Sugarpaste 250g
Renshaws Regalice Chocolate Sugarpaste 250g
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£1.59
Renshaws Regalice Baby Pink Sugarpaste 250g
Renshaws Regalice Baby Pink Sugarpaste 250g
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£1.59
Sugarflair Gum Tragacanth (Superior Grade)
Sugarflair Gum Tragacanth (Superior Grade)
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£4.69
FMM Multi Ribbon Cutter
FMM Multi Ribbon Cutter
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£10.32
PME Quilting Tool
PME Quilting Tool
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£4.79
PME Serrated and Tapered Cone Tool
PME Serrated and Tapered Cone Tool
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£4.79
Clear Plastic Cake Dowels
Clear Plastic Cake Dowels
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£2.76
Plain & Fluted Round Cutter Set
Plain & Fluted Round Cutter Set
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£3.59
PME Round Cutter Set x 3
PME Round Cutter Set x 3
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£2.59
FMM Sugarcraft Upper Case Alphabet & Numbers Cutter Set
FMM Sugarcraft Upper Case Alphabet & Numbers Cutter Set
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£6.86
Non Stick 12
Non Stick 12" Rolling Pin
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£16.79
Edible Glue Tube
Edible Glue Tube
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£2.49
Coffee Double Satin Ribbon - 15mm (width)
Coffee Double Satin Ribbon - 15mm (width)
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£0.79

instructions

This tutorial will require you to bake a square cake, any size and flavour that you like. Here we have used a 6" square cake.

Making The Ribbon

1. The first part of this tutorial will show you how to make the ribbons that cross over on your cake. For this you'll need a rolling pin, ribbon cutter and piece of baby pink sugarpaste.

2. Roll out your sugarpaste to approximately 2mm thick and as long as you can length ways.

3. Use the ribbon cutter to make a long straight strip. This will make one of the ribbons for the cake. Repeat these steps to make a second strip.

4. Place each strip over your cake so that they cross over in the middle. Trim the ends so that the ribbon finishes at the base of the cake.

5. To add detail to the ribbons, take the quilting tool and carefully create a stitched effect along the edge of each strip.

Making The Fondant Bow

6. Now that the ribbons are on the cake, you can make the fondant bow! You will need to knead some gum tragacanth into your sugarpaste and leave this in a sealed plastic food bag over night to stiffen slightly. This will give your sugarpaste strength and will help the bow to stand upright on the cake. If you don't do this then the bow is likely to flop as your sugarpaste will be too soft.

7. Once your sugarpaste is ready, take a piece of it and roll this out to roughly 2mm thick. Cut out a rectangle measuring 2" x 4.5".

8. Next, gently fold the rectangle in half. Do not press down on the sugarpaste - there should be a gap in the folded end (see photo 7).

9. Use your fingers to gently pinch the open ends of the rectangle.

10. Using a sharp knife, cut off a slice at the ruched end of the bow to create a flat edge. You've now made one half of the bow.

11. Place a piece of twisted kitchen roll through the loop of the bow to stop the sugarpaste from sticking together. Repeat these steps to make the second half of the bow.

12. Now you need to roll out another piece of baby pink sugarpaste to again roughly 2mm thick. Cut out another rectangle measuring 2" x 9" in size.

13. Fold the ends of the rectangle over so that they meet in the middle. Stick these down using a little water.

14. Next you need to take a sharp knife and cut a 'V' shape out of the top of the rectangle. Cut out an upside-down 'V' shape from the bottom of the rectangle.

15. Place the two halves of the bow you made earlier on top of the second bow shape you have just created. You can secure these into place using a small amount of edible glue.

16. Finally, to make the centre of the bow, roll out another piece of pink sugarpaste to roughly 2mm thick. Roll it out as long as you can lengthways, as you're going to cut out another strip.

17. Take the ribbon cutter (width set to 2cm as before) and create a long strip of sugarpaste.

18. Again, use the quilting tool to make a stitched effect along the edge of the strip.

19. Carefully wrap the strip around the centre of the bow. Gently turn the bow upside down to secure the strip at the back with a little edible glue. Cut off any excess sugarpaste with a sharp knife. You can now carefully place the bow on top of your cake.

Making The Party Streamers

20. Making the party streamers for your cake is really simple to do, just take a piece of baby pink sugarpaste and roll this out to 1 or 2mm thick. Set your ribbon cutter to approximately 1/4 of an inch in width and cut out a strip roughly 10cm in length.

21. Carefully wrap the strip in a spiral around a plastic cake dowel or other similar object, such as a cake pop stick, and set to one side to dry. Repeat this step 4 times to make 4 individual party streamers.

22. Once the streamers have had time to dry out a little, you can carefully slide them off the cake dowel and onto your cake.

23. To make a long party streamer for the base of your cake, simply repeat steps 20 - 22 but make your strips of sugarpaste a lot longer in length. You will need roughly 2 long party streamers to go the whole way around a 6" square cake. Of course, the larger the cake, the more party streamers you will need. I wouldn't recommend making these any longer than 30cm, as your sugarpaste is more likely to break. Stretch out the party streamers slightly if you want them to have a loose curl.

Finishing Touches

24. Wrap a pretty pink satin ribbon around your cake drum to tie everything together (no pun intended), and secure this at the back with a pin.

25. If your cake is for a birthday, you might want to add an age or name to the cake. Here we've made a '30' birthday plaque by firstly rolling out a piece of pink sugarpaste to around 3mm thick. Cut out a scallop-edged shape using a small fluted cutter.

26. Next take the cone modelling tool and make a small hole in each scalloped edge for a pretty effect.

27. Now you need to take a piece of brown sugarpaste (the same brown as you've used for your cake) and roll this out to 1mm thick. Use a round cutter to make a circle (this should be slightly smaller than your pink scalloped-edge circle).

28. Position the brown circle on top of the pink one and stick them together using a little water.

29. To make the number for your plaque, you'll need to use an FMM number cutter (or a clikstix cutter) and press this into a piece of pink sugarpaste. The sugarpaste should be roughly 2mm thick.

30. Use a small amount of edible glue to stick the number to the front of the plaque. You can now add the plaque to your cake!

You've now made a beautiful present cake to show off to your loved ones. If you like the simplistic and elegant nature of this cake, then why not try out our simple anemone birthday cake tutorial?

 

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