This is a pretty special cake today – as such, I’ve indulged with a few more photos than usual, so I hope you’ll enjoy them – after all, isn’t cake all about indulgence? (Wait, what am I talking about? Cake is essential, not an indulgence. Let’s all remember that.) 🙂
This cake is for the mom of one of my dearest friends, and mom herself is pretty dear to me too! I actually lived with them for a few months while I was in school, and they took me in as one of their own. I’ve always felt so welcomed and loved by their wonderful family, so I was happy to make this cake for them!
The birthday girl is an avid book lover, especially when those books are in her native Armenian language, so I wanted to reflect those loves in her birthday cake. I even learned how to write “Happy Birthday” in Armenian!
All three cakes are chocolate, but each tier has a different flavour of buttercream. The top is vanilla buttercream, the middle is strawberry buttercream, and the bottom is caramel buttercream (my new favourite – made with homemade caramel!).
If you’re concerned about the amount of food colour I had to use to get the books such bright colours, not to worry – the colour is actually painted on the outside. The top and bottom books were covered in light blue fondant and the middle with a light brown, then I used thinned gel colour to paint them the desired colours. The cake board uses the same technique – it’s just white fondant that I scored with a tool, then painted brown. I was quite happy with how they turned out – I think the middle leather-look book is my favourite, but I liked the blue ones too – I think the top one looks like a linen cover!
For those who can’t read Armenian, this says “Happy 65th Birthday Dearest Arsho”. I actually can’t read it either – I Googled it! I confirmed the translation with my friend before writing and changed it to the proper dialect. Everyone at the party was surprised that I could write in Armenian, though, so I guess I got it right! 🙂
Now, for the final picture, I’m actually including a picture of the cake after it was broken. This isn’t something I would normally do, but this time I take it as a compliment – during the party, apparently someone thought it was an actual stack of books and tried to open the top one, smooshing the corner! Ooops – but oh well, like I said, I thought it was pretty good that they actually thought they were real! 🙂 Now you can see the colour of the light blue fondant underneath, so there’s an extra advantage too – but FYI, if you ever get a book cake like this for a party, you might want to either hire someone to guard it, or put up a sign saying that it’s cake! 🙂
Well, I hope you all enjoyed this post – I certainly enjoyed making this cake! 🙂
If you want to see some other book cakes I’ve made, check out this Twilight Breaking Dawn cake and this one I made for celebrated Toronto author Terry Fallis (his first book, The Best Laid Plans, has been made into a mini series by CBC, too, so he’s extra famous now! You rock, Terry!)