Most of us have many trinkets on our desk, so why should a cake posing as a desk be any different? A picture is something that is universal and can be found on desk around the world so let’s start there. Below is a picture that is 100% edible including the frame.
Once you have selected a picture and printed it using an edible printer and ink. I cut the picture out.
Roll out a piece of gum paste bigger than the picture. Apply clear piping gel to the back and place the picture on the gum paste, cut around the outer edges of the image.
Now the fun part I took a mold that had flower garland and pieced it together and made a frame. You can use all sorts of methods like flower cutters or leave cutters the possibilities are as endless. (I used a fondant gum paste mix for my pieces)
Once you get your frame pieces cut out you can fuse them using water or gum glue. Then apply whatever finish that you desire like an antique finish using edible gold or silver paint. You can cut a piece of gum paste to place on the back of the picture for a stand and behind that put a wooden dowel or a strong plastic straw.
I also made a few edible books for the cake as well I did those using rice crispy then I covered with fondant then with edible images.
I made the magazines the same way. Make sure that you score the sides of your books and magazines in order to give them a realistic feel. If you are doing an old book you can paint the sides a brown, yellow or even gold.
The apple on the desk was made of modeling chocolate. Modeling chocolate is a great way to get a seamless figure. As well as to apply movement to your design.