A Paper Crafted Cake (in 3D!)

paper crafted cake with paper roses1

I made this for a birthday occasion-and it just came out looking so pretty and classy. Well, as classy as paper gets. It’s really simple as far as embellishments go-I didn’t decorate the paper used, but making it is just a teensy bit more detailed. Not to worry, though. I got you covered.

Here’s the lowdown on making this two-tier paper cake:

paper cake layer tutorial

  1. You need:
  • Large colourful craft papers (A3 size is good)
  • A compass
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  1. Now it’s time for some math! No, seriously. The length of an A3 sheet is 42 cm, so double that to get the circumference of the circle and do all the working out to get the radius of the circle..and voila! You should make a circle with a 13 cm radius. How to do this? Just draw a line measuring 13 cm and then using the end points to go around the circle.
  2. Take an A3 sheet of colourful paper and fold it in half the long way. Cut the halves and then join them together by the short end with glue. Due to the hard math we did in step #1, the long strip created in step #2 will fit around the circle. Whew! Good going.
  1. Now it just gets easier from here. Fold the long side by a little bit (say 1.5 cms or so) on the whole length of the strip. This
  2. On the other long side of the strip, fold it by the same amount.
  3. Snip, snip, snip to create a fringe along the length of the little folded parts on both sides.
  4. Voila! Now you have a long fringy strip. Curve it into a circle.
  5. Using the circle template we made in step #1, join the ends of the long strip. (Do not stick to the circle template yet. That goes on top. The tier has to be hollow. I’ll tell you why later.)
  6. The first tier of the cake is done! Now, stick the circle template on top. It will easily stick with the fringe. (not pictured)

Adding the Second tier of the cake:

paper cake layer tutorial1

Let’s just take a break first, and make some candles.

  1. Cut out smaller squares in whatever colour you want.
  2. Roll them and stick the end to create a candle. Wind some thin strips of paper around them to give them a candle like effect. Cut out like yellow flames and stick on top of each one.
  3. Back to the second tier! We want the second tier to be a little smaller than the first. And we don’t need to worry about pi and the radius now, because we simply have to stick this on top! So just make a slightly smaller strip like you did in the first tier (just snip of the ends of the A3 a bit, fold in half and stick the edges). With this smaller strip, just fold both side again a little bit like before.
  4. Fringe both sides.
  5. Curve the strip into a circle and glue the edge to make a nice little cylinder. Use this to cut out a smaller circle for the top. Glue the little circle on the top of the second tier.
  6. Place on top of the first tier, and add the candles. (I used a fringed little paper to affix them, as shown in the picture.)

paper craft cake This is a long craft, come to think of it. But if you make it, I can tell you one thing for sure: you’re going to love it. Almost like you’d love a real cake. The effort is real. 

paper crafted cake with paper roses1 Oh, and why did I leave the first tier hollow? Because this cake always serves as a great place to hide your gift! You just place your gifts on a tray, put the cake on top of it (kind of like a lid, really) and give your birthday person the whole thing! And if it’s just sitting on your dresser or bookshelf, you can put things like keys and spare cash under it. It’s (pretty) handy and pretty too!

paper crafted cake with paper roses

* The paper roses I made here are not part of this paper crafted cake. In the coming posts, I’ll show you guys how to make these darling paper roses.