I knew I wanted this cake to look like a present, and I knew I wanted it to be chocolate (who doesn't like getting chocolate?), but it was quite a process to move from this idea in my head, to a physical reality on a cake board..
I began with a square (like a box) chocolate cake, iced.
I somehow managed to save the dodgy wrapping job that I did by cutting bits and pieces away here and there, and by squishing other bits back into place... It was time to take a break and think a bit harder about the next step.
I think I wanted this cake to look like a present so I could practice making bows. And I chose red, as it symbolises love (anniversary, remember?).
With rolled up paper towel, I looped a thick strap of red fondant around it, and then pleated the ends after gluing them together:
I pleated the top layer of 'ribbon' on top of the cake, so that it would look more like the bow was tied with the same piece of ribbon (as it would on a normal present).
I set the bow up on top, but felt it was missing something...
So, I made some tails for the ribbon, and attached them underneath where the bow was going to be sitting, and pleated those as well:
I was happy with it so far... But even still, it felt like something was missing. There was too much white space, so I went hunting through my cake supplies looking for something that would help fill the gaps... Then found them- miniature, edible hearts :)
With my sugar glue and a paint brush, I attached these tiny little hearts one by one onto the cake:
The present (cake) was now finished! Wrapped, tagged, and ready to deliver to the happy couple we are so blessed to share a friendship with :)