Fancy Favours & Edible Art (Sawsen)




Father's day book cake

Hi all,
this is a book cake I made this weekend for Father’s day. I couldn’t post it on FB yet because my dad now has it and follows my page – yesterday I noticed he learnt how to share a pic, he shared one of my cakes on his wall and liked it himself haha XD so I guess now I have to wait!

This is a carrot cake baked in a 9×13 pan. I used SMBC to cover and fill, to a new recipe I’ve been meaning to share with u all soon. There are a few things I learnt the hard way on this one:

1. never, ever try to carve a carrot cake. or even torte it. never! It’s my most requested flavour by family and friends and my other half has been asking for it for months but I’ve been putting it off because of the extra work involved. I finally caved and thought I could bake it in one pan (I only have the one at that size) then split it and shape a little. Needless to say the walnut pieces and raisins inside it dragged through on the knife and made a horrible mess. I don’t even think freezing would help unless the whole thing was frozen solid, because of those little nuts. After the nightmare of torting I decided not to bother carving the top to shape. Lesson learned!
2. SMBC and I are not friends when it comes to covering a cake. idk how people who use bc under their fondant do it, I highly suspect there’s some form of witchcraft involved! This is my third and hopefully last attempt. Ganache forever from now on! just have to not be too lazy to make a batch when I need it!
3. I need to learn to throw away part used packs of store bought fondant, or freeze them or something because no matter how I package them I seem to get little dried out pieces. This time I didn’t notice until i’d rolled it all out and put it on the cake, where it promptly dragged on the SMBC and destroyed the crumb coat (refer back to point 2), and then tore and cracked with dried chunks flying out when I tried to smooth it down. If I’d not been too lazy to make some of my own fondant this wouldn’t have happened. Maybe I need to try a different brand :/

Other than that I had fun decorating :) Wafer paper, edible lace, fondant and little green chocolate gems. The board is fondant bas relief, airbrushed in gold lustre (metallic dusts are near impossible to clean out of the barrel properly, be warned!) then dusted for extra sparkle.

Thanks for looking!
Sawsen xx

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Stunning!!!! Lovely work!!!!

Znique Creations

So intricate! Gorgeous

Mila - Pure Cakes by Mila

WOW, its beautiful, love all the details!!

SugarMagicCakes (Christine)

Wow Sawsen…its beautiful! I bet your dad will be well chuffed!
Thanks for the tips on the carrot cake, ive never attempted to carve one before! I always prefer ganache over bc everytime too….
Happy fathers day to all the dads out there! ;-)

Prachi Dhabaldeb

Wow its a lovely cake!! Thanks for the tips and i totally agree ganache is a saviour..:-) xx

Sassy Cakes and Cupcakes (Anna)

What an ordeal! But boy what an amazing result!! This is amazing in all it’s details and embelishments. Happy Fathers Day to your dad x

Fancy Favours & Edible Art (Sawsen)

Thank you all for your lovely comments :) best wishes for father’s day too! 💖💖

Toni (White Crafty Cakes)

Oh my Sawsen, it sounds like you had so much trouble with this cake! In the end though, it turned out magnificent! I absolutely LOVE the relieve cake board!! So stunning, and perfect!

Little Apple Cakes

Wonderful work Sawsen, I love the accents!

June ("Clarky's Cakes")

Oh my dear….what I time you had!!! Beautiful result tho. Wonderful cake!!! Board is beautiful too.
I’ve always used bc icing under my fondant…never an issue except you can’t always get the crisp corners on the cake like with ganache. And fondant, I always roll it up tight right after I cut it away from the cake, and any remaining and place in plastic wrap, then into ziplock bag. And your right about carrot cake…too moist. I don’t add nuts or raisins to mine, family doesn’t like. I make a carrot pound cake….good a solid.

Fancy Favours & Edible Art (Sawsen)

Thank you Toni, Selma & June 💖💖💖 yup was a bit of a challenge but I’m glad it worked out in the end!


Talk about a challenge but the good news is that you won. The cake is gorgeous.


Gorgeous, Sawsen !! Thanks for the advice !!

Fancy Favours & Edible Art (Sawsen)

Thank you Goreti & Dina 💖 you guys are so supportive xx


Beautiful the details xx

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