|Guitar Cake - level, cut out using template and crumb coat|
As for any cut and formed cake, they should be made from scratch to produce a cake sturdy enough to cut out, manipulate and decorate without crumbling. Madeira cakes are often used for this type of decorating. *NOTE: Cake mixes produce a light, crumbly cake and are not suitable for this type of work. The cakes must be baked at least the day prior to cutting and assembly.
After baking, cool completely then wrap the cakes well in plastic wrap and refrigerate over night. When ready to cut and assemble the guitar, level the cakes (remove the rounded tops) then place parchment template on the cakes and cut out the guitar shape.
|Refrigerated crumb coat, assemble on cake board|
Now it is time to ice and decorate; transfer the cake carefully to a prepared 'cake board' for decorating, transportation and serving. Cake boards can be made with clean, heavy cardboard cut to the size you need, covered with tin foil then plastic wrap. A paper doily or colored tissue paper can be placed under the plastic wrap if desired. Color your icing any color you want for the guitar but remember to reserve some white buttercream icing for the guitar strings. 'Glue' the two sections together with colored icing then ice the entire cake and smooth the sides and top.
The next step is to use 'rolled fondant' for the fingerboard, soundhole, pickguard, saddle and bridge. ('Ready to Use' fondant can be purchased at The Bulk Barn.) Simply open the package and roll out using a small amount of confectioners sugar so it does not stick to the rolling surface or rolling pin. Pipe the strings in white buttercream. Finish by piping a simple border in the same color as the guitar around the base of the cake on the cakeboard and insert jujube candies on toothpicks for tuning keys.
I hope you found this tutorial easy, informative and has you excited to try creating your own Birthday Beauty!
|Guitar Cake in cardboard 'Guitar Case'|
Till next week...Bon Appetit!
Photos, cake, cakeboard and 'guitar case' by Sally Rae