This Amazon Box & Zulily Package Cake might have been my favorite cake from 2020! This fondant covered cake was 100% edible with loads of details to make it realistic. Keep reading for all the details so you can make one too!
Like many cake decorators, I didn't get to do a lot of cakes in 2020 but the few I did, I loved and this was a favorite for sure!
I've always been a faithful Amazon shopper - to the point that we know our UPS man by name and he gave me a toy UPS truck for Christmas because he sees us so often 😁
Anywho... so when I got the request for an Amazon Box & Zulily Package Cake... I had to do it!
I did question my own sanity at first, though. Why? Because the cake was ordered only a few weeks after my hand and arm surgery and I was still in the early days where I didn't have a lot of use of my hand. But with Sarah's help, we were able to knock this one out of the park.
Now, let me tell you all about the cake!
The Amazon Box Cake
The outside layer of buttercream was pretty thin so I could keep those sharp corners. Next, I measured all the sides and top of the cake, then placed it in the freezer to chill.
While the cake was chilling, I rolled out fondant to cover the cake. I rolled it around 2-3mm thick. Then using the measurements, I cut panels of fondant for the top and all sides.
Freeze the fondant panels before applying!
This next step is important... I froze the panels before adding them to the cake. That way they didn't stretch or bend - they stayed very sharp and flat. You can see from the photo above from the backside, it all stayed very sharp.
To adhere them, I brushed the back of each panel with a thin layer of water, then stuck it on the cake and used a fondant smoother to press it into place.
Let me back up for a minute and talk about the fondant. I used homemade marshmallow fondant primarily but mixed in a tiny bit of brown fondant to give it a light tan color. I didn't want it to be fully brown because after I applied it to the cake, I used cocoa powder and petal dust to give it more texture.
The last thing I did on the box is apply the Amazon labels. I ordered the edible images from an Etsy shop, customized with my clients address and birthday (which is why part of it is blurred).
Then I cut them out (there were multiples on each sheet) and applied to the fondant using a thin layer of shortening. If you haven't ever worked with edible images, they're also much easier to handle if popped in the freezer for a minute. They peel much easier without tearing when not at room temp.
So that was the Amazon Box Cake! Next...
The Zulily Package Cake
For the Zulily Package, I mixed a little purple fondant with royal blue to get as the Zulily package color. The image for it was also an edible image I ordered from Etsy.
I wanted the package shape to be organic and realistic. To start, I rolled out two pieces of fondant to the size I wanted the package to be. I laid one flat on my surface, then I used cake pop dough on the inside - mostly putting it on the 'bottom' end of the package.
Next I put the edible image on the second piece of fondant (again, adhereing with shortening), and laid the whole thing on top of the firt piece with cake. Then it was time to see if my idea was gonna work.
I stood the bag up next to the box and let it kind of flop over naturally. It took some adjusting to get it to look like I wanted, but overall, I was very happy with it. Before delivering, the edible image had started to crack on one of the folds and I'm not sure how I could've prevented that, but the overall look was still spot-on.
The Wood Grain Cake Board
The last thing I'll mention is the cake board. I decided to have the Amazon Box & Zulily Package Cake sitting on what looked like a wooden table. To get this effect, I rolled out fondant (the same color as the box - the homemade marshmallow fondant and brown fondant mixed), then used a wood grain mat to texture it.
Next, I used a long metal ruler to make the "boards". After that, I painted the board with a mix of brown gel coloring and confectioners glaze. After it set, I dusted some areas with black petal dust, and voila... it was perfect!
In the end, the client and her daughter absolutely loved the cake! And even among my friends and family, it was easily one of my most talked about creations in 2020!
Did I miss any details on the Amazon Box & Zulily Package Cake? Please leave me a comment below and I'll answer if I can!
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