This is the cardboard variation of the Cake -
it is much, much faster to make!
If you cut a little "X" in the top of each slice, candles can be
inserted.The candles themselves are so much fun for the
kids to put together. We did two types: twisted chenille stems
(aka pipe cleaners) and a popsicle stick, with sticky craft foam
for the flame. Other candle ideas: short pencil, straws, short
dowels, old marker, uncooked spaghetti/fettucine, and
even a candle cut out of cardboard.
The kids got to frost their cake pieces with markers and top
them with foam sticky 'fondant' shapes. If I'd had the courage
to let them loose with their glitter glue tubes,
Now for the patterns. Here is a printable one-piece one for
cardstock. For these, make 8 pieces to make up a whole cake.
The cake slices we made today were extra-thick corrugated
cardboard (we had that lying around), which was far too
thick to fold, so I cut the sides as individual pieces
and glued them together.
For a smaller cake with 12 pieces, try this pattern
from Better Homes and Gardens.
And if you aren't in the mood for the whole print-trace-cut
thing, you could buy them as cake- slice favor boxes from
cake decorating stores and online. Or gatecrash a wedding
and collect the leftovers (not that I recommend it).