Square Gift Box Cake Tutorial (a.k.a Present Cake)

I made this square gift box cake (a.k.a. present cake) not too long ago. It was a 2 tier square cake and everything on the cake was made of fondant.

Though it looks like a lot of work, assembling the cake was pretty fast, and that was because I had the fondant loop bow made in advance. It has to be made in advance because it needs time to set before it can be used on the cake.

Square Gift Box Cake with Fondant Loop Bow

How to Make Square Gift Box Cake ( a.k.a. Present Cake):

The main supplies used for this cake were:

  • Buttercream - I used buttercream to fill the cakes as well as to crumb coat them. 
  • Royal icing - I used very little icing for this project and it was solely to assemble the fondant loop bow and attach it onto the cake.
  • Fondant- I used my homemade fondant for this project and had the fondant made in advance. I used fondant to cover the cake as well for all the deco on the cake including the loop bow. Since the theme colors were brown and purple (for some reason the colors looks more blue that it does purple in the images here, but in actual fact, it was purple). My homemade fondant always dries nice and hard so I did not have to add any CMC powder or tylo powder to harden it. If you are using store bought fondant, you will have to add CMC or tylo to it for making the loop bow. I have detailed out the step by step tutorial on how to make a fondant loop bow here, as this page was getting too long. Follow like to learn the easy tricks for making the most perfect loop bow with fondant.
  • Pizza cutting wheel - this was used to cut out the brown and purple fondant strips on the cake.
  • Round icing tips - I did not have any round plunger cutters at the time I made this cake, so I used my large round icing tips for the fondant circle cut outs on the bottom tier. You can use the bottom end of the piping tips as round cutters as these tips come in a variety of round sizes.

And this was how I assembled the square gift box cake:

  • I started with the fondant loop bow one day in advance. The loops have to be made in advance, individually and once they are set, assembled to form a loop bow with some royal icing. Click here or the image below for step by step tutorial on how to make the bow. 

  • Next were the cakes. Once baked and completely cooled, I sandwiched them with buttercream and covered them with fondant. I then placed the bottom tier onto a fondant covered cake board and decorated it with random round fondant cut outs in varying sizes. As I mentioned earlier, each of the round pieces were cut using my round icing tips.  

  • After that, I stacked the top tier on the bottom one (using bubble tea straws for support). 

  • I did not continue with the circle cut outs for the top tier because I meant to leave it that way. Next was the ribbon on all the 4 sides of the cake. I wanted to make it dual colored, to match the loop bow and the circle motifs on the cake. So, I started with wide brown fondant strips and attached them on all 4 sides of the cake as shown below:

  • And then I added four strips of purple fondant on top, this time in smaller width. I brush the back of these strips with a damp brush to make them stick to the brown strips.

  • Next, I added additional ribbon strips in purple and brown alternately on all the 4 sides of the cake. I made these strips short, hanging right before the bottom tier. I cut out tiny triangles at the end of each of these strips to make them look like real ribbon ends. So that they appear more natural, I used tissue paper to help support the strips while they set. That way, I was able to make the strips with some gaps between them and the sides of the cake. I removed the tissues once the strips were set.   

  • Once the ribbon work was done, I covered the cake borders (on both tiers) with round fondant balls. These were shaped by hand, individually. The bottom tier had brown fondant balls border while the top tier had purple ones. And I attached these to the cake with a damp brush.
  • And the final step was to attach the loop bow. I used royal icing to attach the bow. This way, I was sure that the loop bow would be securely held in place even when the cake is moved during transportation. I had to be careful when handling the bow as it was quite fragile and it is very important to make sure the royal icing used to attach the loops of the bow together has set and harden completely, which is why I assembled the bow a day in advance. Having the royal icing in stiff consistency helps it to set quicker, so that is something to remember as well.

And this was how the completed square gift box cake looked like:

Square Gift Box Cake (Present Cake) Tutorial

Hope you enjoyed this square gift box cake a.k.a. present cake tutorial as much as I enjoyed decorating the cake.

If you have any comments, pls leave them below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Happy Decorating:)

How to Make a Square Gift Box Cake a.k.a Present Cake - Step by Step TutorialSquare Gift Box Cake (Present Cake) Tutorial

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