A {non-edible} Cake Fit For a QUEEN! (with tutorial)

Did you know that the Queen of England has TWO birthdays? Her actual birthday is April 21, 1926. However, it has always been customary that the Queen’s birthday is celebrated on a day during the summer, when weather is more likely to cooperate. This year, the Queen’s “official” birthday will be celebrated on June 11, 2011.

In celebration of the Queen’s Birthday, and because I enjoy being mother to a little queen (Raileigh), we decided to make a non-edible cake fit for a queen!

We headed out to Wal-Mart to pick up one of our new favorite craft supplies to use for our project- Elmer’s X-TREME Glue Stick #xtremeschoolglue. We checked in on foursquare (my husband’s new obsession) and headed inside. I am going to document our entire shopping trip using ThisMoment.com. However, he site is temporarily down, so I will update you when you can view it!

Now, I want to share with you all how we made our {non-edible} Cake Fit for a Queen so that you can make one of your own. This cake is not only perfect to celebrate the Queen’s birthday, but also any occasion in which a cake is customary- baby showers, weddings, birthdays, and more. The cake can be as fancy or ordinary as you would like. It all depends on the scrapbook paper and embellishments that you choose to use.


  • Elmer’s X-TREME Glue Stick
  • 3 piece Paper Mache Box Set (needs to include 3 different size boxes)
  • Flexible Measuring Tape
  • Scissors
  • Scrapbook Paper
  • Pencil
  • Paper Cutter (optional)


1. Measure the diameter and height of each box and each lid separately. Record your measurements.

Mine were:

Large Box: 17 3/4″ x 2 7/8″
Large Lid: 18 5/8″ x 15/16″
Medium Box: 14 3/4″ x 2 3/8″
Medium Lid: 15 1/2″ x 15/16″
Small Box: 11 7/8″ x 1 7/8″
Small Lid 12 1/2″ x 3/4″

2. Add 1/4″ to the diameter of each lid and each box. Record your new results. I will be referring to these numbers as “new measurements”. Mine were:

Large Box: 18″ x 2 7/8″
Large Lid: 18 7/8″ x 15/16″
Medium Box: 15″ x 2 3/8″
Medium Lid: 15 3/4″ x 15/16″
Small Box: 12 1/8″ x 1 7/8″
Small Lid 12 3/4″ x 3/4″

3. It’s time to cut out the paper you will use to cover each of the boxes- your cakes!. Use a personal cutter or good old fashioned scissors for this. You will be cutting out three pieces of paper- one to match the new measurement for each of your boxes. I used the same paper for all three of my cakes. If you’re using different paper, be mindful that you cut the correct size paper from each one.

Depending on the size of your boxes, you may need to piece paper together in order to achieve the correct dimensions. I did this by putting two pieces of paper upside down, pushing them flush against each other, and placing pieces of scotch tape strategically along the line where they came together.

4. Use Elmer’s X-TREME Glue Stick to attach the corresponding paper strip to the correct box. I found it useful to apply a light coating to both the paper and the box. Because we added 1/4″ to the diameter of each piece we cut, the ends will overlap just a bit. You now have three beautiful paper cakes!

5. Now, the cakes need icing. First, we’ll cover the edges of the lids- our icing. There are two options for how you can do this:

Option 1- Cut three pieces of paper, one to match the new measurement for each lid. This is what I did.

Option 2- Draw three rectangles on the back of your scrapbook paper, one to correspond with each lid. Along the edge of each rectangle, draw small scallops. This will just add an extra little touch to your icing.

Whichever option you choose, be careful that you are using the correct paper if you’ve chosen for each cake to have different icings. Also, as with the boxes, you may have to piece paper together to achieve the correct dimensions.

6. Attach the paper to the edge of the lids using Elmer’s X-TREME Glue Stick. I recommend adding a bit of glue to the back of the paper as well as the edge of the lid to get the best results. Since we added 1/4 inch to the diameter of the paper, the edges of the paper will overlap just a bit.

7. Now, we need to cover the tops of the lids. To do this, trace each lid on the back side of a piece of scrapbook paper. Cut out all three circles.

8. Attach the circles to the corresponding lid using Elmer’s X-TREME Glue Stick. For best results, I recommend adding glue to the back of the circles as well as the lid to the box. You now have icing!

9. Place the lids on the boxes, and stack the boxes up by size. You have a three tier {non-edible} cake fit for a queen!

10. Now, for the fun part. Fill each of the cake layers (boxes) with various treats and surprises to fit the occasion and recipient. I decided to fill my boxes with things fit for my queen, Raileigh- jewelry (plastic necklaces and silly bands), treats (granola bars and princess fruit snacks), and sweet little notes to let her know how much I love her!

Optional Extra Ideas

There are MANY ways in which you can dress up this project or make it fit for any occasion:

Here are some ways I could choose to dress up OUR {non-edible} cake fit for a queen!

I hope you enjoy making your own {non-edible} Cake Fit For a Queen. I’d love to see the results if you make one as well!

Disclosure: This project has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Elmer’s #gluenglitter #collectivebias. All opinions and project ideas are my own.


  1. Helena says:

    That is absolutely adorable! yet another great gift idea! So do you get the Paper Mache Box Set at Walmart too? That’s cool!

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