Yesterday Shikin emailed me about how to make a shoe box cake with the lid open. And just the perfect time because I have to make a shoe cake for Marsha today. So I took the photos step by step. I hope this will help who wants to make this kind of cake. Sorry about the photos, not enough sun in my living room as Melbourne had a dull day today.
There is a book too which is really good one from Confetti Cakes for Kids by Elisa Strauss. She explains step by step very clearly. Very recommended book :)
This was the cake box after covered with fondant.
Push the dowel in and mark it with pencil approximately 1 cm above the cake. Take out the dowel then cut to desired length and then push it again into the cake. Cut more higher if you want the lid open higher. You can put 2 dowel as well instead of one dowel. Put on the left and right of cake, so it will support the lid.
Put a dab of royal icing as a glue.
Pipe royal icing at the end of the cake, to secure the lid at the bottom part. Slowly attach the lid onto the cake. The dowel will support the lid ( that's why you need the board under the cake). The first time I made this cake, I only used hard paper. And it wasn' strong enough to support the cake.
Make the "tissue" paper from fondant. Insert into the gap and decorate as you wish and until you can't see through.