I’ve been making birthday cakes for my family for years. I search online for inspiration, tips, and (because I can be quite lazy at times) shortcuts are always welcome. I am definitely an amateur but I enjoy decorating cakes and want to show people that they too can make beautiful cakes with just a few materials and some patience.
This was my first time creating a cake with fondant. I had previously avoided fondant like the plague but I knew this cake would look so much better with fondant.
To avoid the bland, undesirable taste of store-bought fondant, I decided to try making marshmallow fondant. I could make it fairly quickly and flavor it as I wished. I used a great recipe that can be found at What's Cooking America. It turned out beautifully and I have been using the same recipe ever since.
This cake looks big - especially stretched across a board 2 feet long, but it is made from a modest 9" x 13" cake so you can bake the cake right at home and shouldn't have to worry about too many leftovers.
Step 1: Materials and Template
I also traced the head of the guitar and shrunk it down to be (somewhat) proportional to the base. Both the head and the body templates I used are attached below. You'll need to print them both and cut them out before placing them on your cake and carving.
1 baked and cooled 9x13 cake
Guitar template (you can get it below)
Pizza Cutter (optional)
Dental Floss (optional)
1 container icing (any flavor) – I used vanilla just in case some icing just in case I had any icing to show through the fondant on the finished cake. It didn’t.
Spatula – for icing the cake
1 full batch of marshmallow fondant – (recipe from What's Cooking America) I did not color the fondant but I did flavor it with almond flavoring. You could use purchased fondant instead of making it. I would guess you would need to buy a couple pounds to be on the safe side – It can be white. The cake is painted later.
Large Cake Board - the one you see pictured is a 14" x 21" silver colored cardboard cake board that usually costs under $3 at a party store or craft store. *
Red food coloring gel - I used Wilton’s no-taste red gel
Black food coloring gel
Almond or clear vanilla flavoring - don’t use regular vanilla unless you are making a brown or black guitar. The brown in the vanilla will discolor your colors
Wilton Silver "Pearl Dust"
Wilton Gold "Pearl Dust" (optional) - just a small amount of this was used to paint text on the headstock of the guitar
3 Small Paint Brushes (or you could just use the same one over and over)
3 Small Bowls – for mixing your “paint”
Silver Dragees - these little silver balls can be really hard to find nowdays. It might be best to get them somewhere online.
Metallic Silver Embroidery Floss - this is for the "strings". I tried wire. It didn't work.
Toothpicks - lots
*If you don't want to buy a large cake board, you could cover a large sheet of wrapping paper (front and back) with clear contact paper. It's washable and easily rolled up for storing. AND you can match it to any birthday party. If you ever need to move your cake while using this method, slide a large flat baking sheet under the paper and lift your cake.