Book Cakes – Part 2

book cake by Estrele Cakes, Italy

Book cakes make great  birthday cakes for little bookworms, and bigger bookworms too. It’s a simple novelty cake to create, yet always looks impressive.  (You’ll find tutorials and tips in our earlier feature  Book Cakes- Part 1.)

A baby book is a beautiful idea for a christening cake or naming day cake, with a fabulous example above, beautifully finished by Estrele Cakes, Italy.

Beatrix Potter books are always a hit with young children and the Peter Rabbit themed stack of books cake below by The Cake Whisperer, Canada would no doubt enchant any little bookworm. (Starry Delights UK have a great Peter Rabbit tutorial here).

book cake by The Cake Whisperer, Canada

Elina Prawito of  Bake-A-Boo Cake Design, New Zealand has put her artistic talents to fabulous use in her book cake design below using hand painted 2-D sugar plaques to illustrate this little girl’s cake to bring the story to life.

open book cake by Bake-A-Boo Cake Design, New Zealand

Shawna McGreevy of  McGreevy Cakes always brings lots of fun to her cake designs, using 3d sugar models to make the characters in this Finding Nemo cake jump right off the page in an excellently crafted book cake for a little one’s party.

(You’ll find picture tutorials for some of the undersea characters in Finding Nemo from Noma’s Cakes here: Finding Nemo sugar models tutorial.)

open book cake story book cake by McGreevy Cakes

Florida’s Make Me My Cake have used the open book cake format to cleverly depict two favourite children’s stories – one on each page, also in 3-D effect with an “antiqued” finish around the edges of the book adding a wonderfully authentic touch.

open book cake by Make Me My Cake

When it comes to creating fabulous children’s cakes, Sheryl Bito of Buns In The Oven Cupcakery never fails to light up a little birthday boy or girl’s eyes. Below, we have one of Sheryl’s beautifully illustrated children’s cakes in book format, in her trademark bright and bold colours.

open book cake by Sheryl Bito of Buns In The Oven Cupcakery

The Butter End Cakery, LA have created a beautiful nursery rhyme cake below with a stack of books brought to life with 3-D sugar models and 2-D elements to delight its little recipient.

(You’ll find a tutorial here for a simple stack of books cake from Global Sugar Art.)

book cake nursery rhyme cake by The Butter End Cakery

Expert colouring and artwork give the Monster’s University book cake below by Coocakecachoo a superb life-like finish with some fabulous character modelling also.

book cake Monster University by Coocakecachoo

A marvellous book cake design for all ages is the brilliant design below by Man Bakes Cake. Rectangular sugar plaques are used to create the effect of books on a shelf for a very clever side design, with a fantastic figure model on top stretching out to enjoy his favourite book.

book cake by Man Bakes Cake

Kate Sullivan of Cake Power, New York created the towering masterpiece below – a wonderful feat of structural cake engineering and artful illustration.

stack of books cake by Cake Power, Kate Sullivan

A wise old owl exquisitely crafted sits atop a Harry Potter tome in this wonderful cake by Leslie’s Cakes, UK – a fabulous birthday gift for any little Potter fan.

book cake with owl model by Leslie's Cakes

An example of an open book cake below before and after an “aged” effect is applied with an airbrush (image via Juxtapost).

open book cakes via

Pretty Witty Cakes offers a tutorial for the excellent open book cake design below including how to create that wonderful aged effect, presented by Leesa Collins of Alice Cakes.

open book cake tutorial via Pretty Witty Cakes tutorial by Alice Cakes

Finally, two exquiste antique book cakes by The Cake Whisperer (below left) and by McGreevy Cakes (below right) – a wonderful gift for an avid book collector. (You’ll find Shawna McGreevy’s edible feather tutorial here if you’re re-creating your own version of her cake).

book cakes by The Cake Whisperer left and by McGreevy Cakes right

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