I made this gift box birthday cake for a teacher at Wind in the Willows preschool who bid on one of the cakes I donated for their auction dinner. The teacher wanted something with chocolate and lemon so I made a chocolate chiffon cake with lemon mousse filling and chocolate frosting. I tried out a new technique for the mousse filling by making a square cavity in the middle of the cake. This way the mousse wouldn't be weighed down by the top layer of the cake.
I neatly piped the lemon mousse into the center cavity.
Smoothed it over with an offset spatula.
I piped on some chocolate frosting around the edge to glue the top and bottom pieces of cake together.
I put the top of the cake on and filled in the side cracks with some more chocolate frosting.
Then I covered it liberally in chocolate frosting.
For the final decoration, I covered the whole cake with white marshmallow fondant, topped with an aquamarine gift box lid and wrapped in a kelly green ribbon with eggplant trim, both made out of fondant. Finally, for the Happy Birthday message, I wrote it on a gift tag with edible food markers and tied it to the ribbon.
Thanks for bidding on my cake and I hope you all enjoyed the cake! :)