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Friday, September 16, 2016

How to make your cake and size you want.....

Have as big a size as you want...

Ok so you don't want a piece the same size as mine.

Here is how to make the cake any size you want.
First this will still be 8 pieces if you make the cake.

To make to tops.

Start with a square and size you want.

The only important measurement here is
the side of your square.
We will call this A  
 For tab, say you used 1cm wide....
So if my square was 20cm by 20cm
half this is 10cm.
A would be 10cm - 1cm =9cm
so A= 9cm
and you said you would never use algebra..

Repeat making you tops exactly as in this picture.

To make the side of the slice.

Decide how much depth you want for the cake.
I made my tabs quiet fat at 2cm wide but you can make them skinnier, at 1cm..

If you were making a smaller cake 
you could do 7.5 cm wide.
and score at 1 cm for tabs, this would mean you got 4 slices from a sheet of scrapbook card stock.
and your cake would be 5.5cm thick as you need a tab top and bottom..

This is where you need the A..
to find out how long a piece you need
Just do 3 times A plus 3cm
Or measure roughly round all the sides of the triangle and add 3 cm for the tab .
A bigger tab means it stays closed.
Yes it is that easy

Score your card at A and 2A.
so mine is at 9cm and 18cm.
We don't need to score the lid till we stick the slice together.. 

So when you have made the slice and you fold it over you then find out where you need to score
 for the tab.

Make Sure you tab is shorter than 
the A measurement.
OR the box won't close,
so you can cut as much as you like off too make the tab look neat, but please leave about 3cm as I said, or the tab may jump out then it's closed.

You don't want a cake with 8 pieces..

If you don't want to make this many it's easy to make it your size.

Take a piece of scrap paper the same size as you want to make your cake...
it needs to be a Square

Mark the center of the paper,  cut down to center.  
Now fold the paper over until you have as many slices as you want for your cake, 
don't cut it just fold like a fan ..
Yes bits may stick out, but you can keep making you section larger or smaller till you have equal folds.
This way you can have as many slices as you want.

Now cut one section off.
Yes it may seem a funny shape. 
But all you really need is that it has the point at the center. 
This is your template

To make your slice tops...

Remember to take half the size of your card and take 1cm off to get your A length.

You need to put both pieces of card together.
If your going to make 5 pieces 
put 5 paper clips around you square 
at equal distances. 

some of the pieces may be a tiny different in size, this really doesn't matter so long as you use the pairs held by the paperclip.
Also since it has all been cut from a whole square
 it will always fit to make a cake.

Mark the center of the card and with the 2 pieces of Square card together, cut down to this point....
Lay your template next to the cut line 
point towards the center, 
move your paper clip if you need too.
Cut along the edge of the Template.
Repeat till all your slices are cut.

Now you just repeat as before. 
From the previous Tutorial...
Either flip the top piece over 
or measure from the point.

have fun.

I want to make a cake box

I wanted to make a cake box.

This is something I discovered while I was looking at a video from

  How to make a cake with 8 slices. 
This is only because it's so easy to do it this way. 
You can see how I do it below.

My cake is going to be 17cm across.
So each slice is 8.5cm by 6.5cm by 6.5cm.

You will need for the of top slice: 
  9.5cm by 9.5cm

Cut you card from corner to corner.
Flip one of your triangles over and mark where the shorter side is on the other piece of card.
This will be 9.5 cm if you want to measure.
Score from the corner to this mark.

Do this on both of you piece of card 
and cut the extra off.

Both you Triangles will have 2 sides the same and a smaller base, score 1 cm away from the base and fold this tab down and cut the corners as in the picture.

You will need for the of sides of a slice: 
21cm by 8.5cm

Score on the long side at 8.5cm and 17cm
Turn it and score on short side 1cm and 7.5cm

You now need to cut to make tabs. 
You need to cut at quiet a steep angle.
Remove the rest of the tab from the long section of your card as this will be the lid and you don't need it.
N.B.  I cut my card too wide so had to do 2cm tabs.. that is why they look wider than yours do.

Making your cake slice.

Fold both your tabs on each side inwards.
Add glue to the tabs on one side of the card.

With the point of the cake at the score mark on long piece of card lay it gentle on top of the glued tabs and  make sure it doesn't over hang.
Hold it for a second till the glue sets.

Turn it over add glue to other 2 tabs and repeat.

Let it dry for a min.  

Fold the lid down.
Mark a line where the side touches the lid 
 Score at the mark for the lid.
Fold the extra down you can leave as much of this as you like too tuck inside the slice.
Sometimes the bit you tuck in needs to have a tiny bit more removed from it's sides so it tucks in easily.
Don't worry if you have to do this as I did as well.

Decorate as you wish.

See my next post on how to customise this to any size.