Aren't novelty cakes the cutest, and these Mini Gift Box Cakes make adorable individual dessert treats. Homemade butter cake covered in rolled fondant, these little desserts are sure to make an impression.
Rolled fondant gives cakes such a beautiful, flawless finish. It creates that stunning perfection on any baked treat. It can be molded and cut like clay and made into any shape you desire, making an impressive creation.
For this recipe, I baked my favorite butter cake because of its firm, dense texture. Densely textured cakes are best when covered with fondant. The firm texture holds well under the weight of heavy fondant or sugar paste.
It is best to place the baked cake it in the fridge for about half an hour before cutting into squares .This helps it firm up further, making it easier to cut.
After baking, allow to cool before then refrigerate before cutting through the cake to divide into 2 equal layers.
Using a square cookie cutter as a guide cut into 12 equal sized squares. I used a 6cm square cookie cutter.
Spread a layer of jam and buttercream on 6 of the cut squares and sandwich with the remaining 6.
Using a palette knife, apply the buttercream on the sandwiched cakes.
Making sure that the corners are neat and smooth all around.
Place in the fridge for about 20 minutes and then add another layer of buttercream making sure that it is smooth and neat. Place in the fridge for 20 minutes again to allow the buttercream to firm up making it easier when you are covering with the fondant
The fondant is kneaded a bit, just to soften and then draped over the individual square.
Shape around the 4 corners then using a fondant smoother, to push out any creases to create a smooth polished look.
Cut off excess fondant and keep in a sealed bag and cut to form strips to create the ribbon around the cake.
I just cut out little flowers to serve as the bow, but you can decorate it as you prefer.
I usually just buy white fondant and then colour it with gel or powdered colouring. Try not use the liquid food colouring because it will make the fondant too sticky and a bit more difficult to work with.
That's it, really easy , but so cute and impressive.
I hope that you have as much fun as I did working on this...and I think that it is a great idea to let the kids get involved, decorating their own desserts or to give as a little gift.