Ann Reardon

Top Ten Books Cakes

ten best books cake
One of the things I love most about my YouTube channel and website is interacting with people all over the world. A few weeks ago I asked for your favorite books and you let me know … by the thousands!! We tallied up all the votes and then I had the fun task of incorporating the Top 10 books into one cake. At first I thought about taking the easier path and just doing cupcakes but, given the sheer number of requests, a big cake felt more fitting.


Super exciting news … we have released a novel! My husband Dave is a former journalist and has been hard at work crafting an amazing tale that I know you’re all going to love. Secretly, he loves writing so I’m not sure if ‘hard’ at work really fits. But he has been spending many, many, many hours writing, editing and re-editing. And of course adding to the sense of fun has been the huge audience participation. Literally tens of thousands of votes, ideas, character names, plot suggestions (both humorous and serious) and even fan-art has been rolling in for the book – it’s actually like we’ve all been writing it together.
You can watch the book trailer for The Deep Enders and get your copy here.

the deep enders by david reardon

To make the top ten books cake you will need:

Template for the chair, fireplace and walls

3 quantities of chocolate butter cream
1 and a half times my rich chocolate cake recipe baked in two trays 33.1cm (13.03 inches) x 25.4cm (10 inches)
2 x gingerbread recipe
A sturdy cake board 50cm (19.69 inches) x 45cm (17.72 inches)
Wafer paper and edible ink printer (or search for online for a cake store that prints custom edible icing sheets. Wafer paper is better if they have it).
500g (17.64 ounces) Red Fondant (or whatever colour you want the chair to be)
500g (17.64 ounces) brown fondant or modeling chocolate for the floor, door and covering the fire place. Mix with some white to vary the shades.
200g (7.05 ounces) black fondant
100g (3.53 ounces) grey fondant
200g (7.05 ounces) white fondant
50g (1.76 ounces) yellow fondant
50g (1.76 ounces) blue fondant
50g (1.76 ounces) green fondant
50g (1.76 ounces) harry’s face colour fondant
10g (0.35 ounces) red fondant for flames
800g (28.22 ounces) White compound chocolate to cover the gingerbread walls, or you could use real chocolate but you will need to temper it.
Chocolate transfer sheet for the wallpaper (optional, you can buy them here )
Black edible food marker
Gold edible luster dust

Did your favorite book make it onto the cake?

10. The Hobbit

book cake the hobbit ann reardon

9. Girl Online

zoella girl online book cake

8. John Green (you can see the TFIOS cake here)

paper towns cake how to cook that

7. The Dork Diaries

The dork diaries cake ann reardon

6. Divergent (see 3 tiered Divergent book cake here) & 5. The Maze Runner

the maze runner book cake

4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid

diary of a wimpy kid book cake reardon

3. Percy Jackson

Percy Jackson

2. The Hunger Games (see the flaming Hunger Games cake here)

The hunger games cake book ann reardon

1. Harry Potter

harry potter cake ann reardon

Top Ten Books Cake

10 best books cake ann reardon
Copyright Ā© 2016 Reardon Media Pty Ltd. All rights reserved. How To Cook That


I have been busy over the last year planning, writing and overseeing the photography and layout for my first ever cookbook! There are heaps of my favourite dessert recipes in there with a chapter on pastries, ice-cream, yummy cakes, artistic desserts and of course chocolate desserts. Each chapter has its own intro explaining the food science that you'll need to know for success every time. Booksellers where you can purchase your very own copy:

All recipe quantities in the book are in grams, ounces and cups.

33 Comments View Comments

  1. Rating: 5

    Hi Ann, Could you tell me what The Deep Enders is about??

  2. Hi Ann can you please make a wizard of oz cake? Thanks?????

  3. Hi Ann Reardon,
    I love the book the wizard of oz.???
    And can I pick some books that I like for the cake??

    • If you are making this cake and want to add some of your own book covers or other representation of your favourite books, then go ahead!

  4. can you do a harry potter with his owl hedwip plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    • I believe you mean Headwig? Sorry, I’m a big PotterHead!!?

  5. Rating: 5

    Totally awesome cake!!

    • Rating: 5

      please please can you make more of these sofa cake videos

  6. Rating: 4.5

    Ann love your cake tried making for my husbands birthday he really enjoys reading, I had a few problems but I will try again

    • Hi Candy, what an amazing cake. We hope your husband enjoyed it!

      • He sure did and I really thank Ann for such a great idea, I added a few other things to make it more personal to him

  7. Hello Ann! I was wondering you should make a Cinderella glass slipper cake! And also I loved all the books and wondering if I can make it.

  8. I would like it if you could do like a top 25 cake and do it with wwe superstars and divas

  9. Also can you make one of these cakes: TMNT,WWE,Super Mario,DC super heroes,Apple Watch,Apple MacBook, Skylanders,Bob’s Burgers,Nintendo

  10. In any of your cakes,can you bake any cake recipie in the same size pan

    • Hi Kole, Ann usually uses a standard sized rectangular tray or round tin, depending what is needed.

    • Hi kole, yes you can swap for a different cake recipe as long as it is the same size.

  11. Rating: 5

    Absolutely amazing as usual!! I’m so excited about your husband’s book!!

    • thanks so much. Yes we’re very excited too. It feels like a looong time that we’ve been working on it, researching, reading, re-reading & tweaking. Now it’s almost done!

  12. Rating: 4.5

    Hey Ann! I just wanted to say I love your videos SO SO MUCH! Whenever I see that you made a new video then I immediately watch it and I always want to make it but never go grocery shopping with my parents because they always go when I’m not home because my parents also divorced but I know I’ll end up making them. But ya so your videos are awesome and I love them so much!

    • And I also just noticed the time change because I live in Alberta Canada and its March 10 and 5:50 pm for me right now

  13. HI Ann, I love reading and I would love to know more about what “The Deep Enders” is about!

    • it’s an adventure story about 3 teenagers who are trapped in a wild pearling town as WW2 looms on the horizon. It’s a really wonderful tale, I know that you’ll love it. Have you watched the book trailer yet?

  14. Hi Ann,
    Great cake as always, so creative!
    … But did you not forget number 5 in the list on this blog post? (The maze runner, I presume).

    • Hi Jeanne, 6 and 5 are listed together on the same line as they are in the same picture

  15. I know you just made a book cake
    ( which I loved!) but I’m a huge fan of Harry Potter and i was really hoping if some time you could make a Harry Potter cake!

  16. Hey Ann, this cake is really cool! Thank you for doing this. I’d still love to see a Harry Potter cake that’s exclusively Harry Potter šŸ™‚ thanks!

  17. Ann hi!
    i love your website! i have a 4 year old son, and i have been making your cakes for his birthdays since his first..
    every Friday we watch your new video together. I am looking forward to making your teddy bear cake for my baby boys first birthday in July..
    His new passion is a show called “paw patrol”, and his fifth birthday is coming up- can you maybe make a “paw patrol” cake with the characters???
    he will love it! and then we can make it together for the party..
    I am attaching pics for some of your cakes that we already made..
    thanks so much!!!

    • wow that looks great frat, thanks so much for watching together. There have not been very many requests for paw patrol as yet.

  18. Hey Ann. Love your recipes. Can we substitute wheat flour for all purpose flour and honey for sugar in your chocolate cake recipe? ? ?

    • Hi Momin, I think I just answered this for you on youtube. All purpose flour is wheat flour. If you meant whole wheat or whole meal then no it will make the cake heavy and dense. Honey is 20% water so you will be adding more liquid to the cake and it will change the flavor. So you will have to experiment.

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