Stacked Book Cake

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  • Difficulty Level: Beginner
  • Occasions: Back To School

Let's go bake to school! I tried to make the sometimes painful experience of going back to school just a little more fun by making a stack of textbooks out of CAKE! By using my ultimate chocolate cake recipe, Italian Meringue buttercream and fondant that I decorated with fun food pens and letters cut out of gumpaste, I created something I think ANY kid would be excited to dig into!

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  • 6lb portion of Yos Ultimate Chocolate Cake Recipe
  • 8lb portion of Yos Ultimate Chocolate Cake Recipe


  • Italian Meringue Buttercream
  • Simple Syrup


  • Gumpaste
  • Clear Piping Gel
  • 4 1/2lbs White Fondant
  • 1 1/2lbs Red Fondant
  • Golden Yellow Icing Colour
  • Lemon Yellow Icing Colour
  • Royal Blue Icing Colour
  • Violet Icing Colour
  • Black Icing Colour
  • Edible markers in Black, Pink, and Yellow
  • Rainbow Dust Food Pens in Jet Black, Royal Blue , Red, Leaf Green , Orange
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  • Prepare your chocolate cake batter. Bake your 6lb portion of batter in a 9 x 12 pan at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 20 minutes and your 8lb portion of batter in a 12 x 15 pans for 1 hour and 40 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out completely clean. Let cool completely in their pans.

  • Prepare your Italian Meringue Buttercream and your Simple Syrup. Set aside.

  • Remove your 9 x 12 chocolate cake from the pan, and level it. This will be your largest book. Remove your 12 x 15 chocolate cake from the pan, and level it.

  • To turn your 12 x 15 cake into three book cakes, first cut the cake in half, vertically.  Then cut one of these halves in half horizontally. This should leave you with one medium cake, and two small cakes.

  • Crumb coat and chill all of your cakes.

  • Roll out your white fondant, and cut into strips that will cover 3 sides of each cake. When three sides of all the books are covered, use a strip cutter, gently pressing and dragging it along white fondant to create page indents.

  • Colour 1 lb of white fondant with Wilton Lemon and Golden Yellow. Then colour 1lb of white fondant with Wilton Royal Blue and Violet Icing Colour. Give your cakes a book cover.

  • Use your various letter cutters and Tappits to create titles for your books.

  • Roll a thin piece of gumpaste to the exact dimensions of the cover, let it dry overnight. Use food markers create a book cover on the gumpaste, placing on top of the cakes top layer.

  • Dress up the cake by making school supplies out of gumpaste. You can shape rulers, pencils, erasers, and paper out of the gumpaste to place around your book cake!

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