Piano cake!

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I know, I know, nobody ever makes piano cake anymore.  Mostly because it doesn't exist,  at least not as a distinct Platonic ideal.  But that never stopped us before, here at instructables.com. 
Now, it's worth asking, isn't this actually a recipe?  I mean, making cake and all -- you eat it, right?  To which I reply: It's only a recipe if I tell you what to put in it or how to cook it.  This instructable is really a Play-With-Your-Foody, design-oriented endeavor.  Quite edible indeed, but the key (har har) is achieving the appearance and design of a piano.  I shall leave the baking and the caking as an exercise for the reader.

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Step 1: Materials needed

- 1 rectangular (or square) cake or the ingredients&equipment to make one
- 1 pack of Keebler Fudge Sticks or knockoffs thereof
- 1 fine-tipped tube of black icing
- White buttercream frosting or the ingredients&equipment to make it
- Potentially 1 long knife (useful for any frustrating instructable, actually)

Step 2: First, bake yourself some cake.

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Before you can turn a cake into a piano, you need to bake the damned thing.  I recommend some easy out-of-the-box mix, since the cake is going to be covered in frosting anyway, and everyone's going to be so focused on the amazing likeness of a piano that taste will be of little to no concern.  So really it doesn't matter much as long as you satisfy the following three criteria:
- Cakepan is rectangular or square -- NOT ROUND -- and please, no castles.
- Finished cake has enough structural integrity to hold up during frosting
- Do not make something so good you can't help eating it yourself.  This is a presentation piece, after all.

One last thing about the baking: I should note that the finished cake need not be tall at all; in fact, the ideal height is just about an inch -- the height of a piano key.   But any height will turn out very effective, so don't sweat it.

i love to play piano its one of my favorite things to do,and also my mom is a cake decorater in a cater buissness so i am totally going to tell her to make it for my b-day
pefty (author)  pianolover101243532 years ago
Post a pic when she does?
ok i will
pefty (author)  pianolover101243532 years ago
:) Love it.
holyfire5 years ago
i laughed so hard at the open occupied open occupied etc thing u did! I was not ready to find anything remotely like that in a recipe =0. Gr8 Instructable btw
pefty (author)  holyfire2 years ago
:) Cheers holyfire :)
deqwer4 years ago
i think you can make the rectangular shape from something else,maybe using Oreo biscuit which is darker?
pefty (author)  deqwer4 years ago
Naturally, that just takes more work. Part of what inspired this instructable was that the Fudge Sticks were already the perfect shape!
farzadbayan4 years ago
Very nice , I live piano !
Sherlock695 years ago
Amazing, and a great idea for any music lover. My Hat is off yo to sir!!!
 Cool! I am going to do this for my moms  birthday
bmoses5 years ago
Love it!
pandalaloca5 years ago
just might have to make this for my friend's 16th birthday. :D
Sandisk1duo5 years ago
pretty good!
canida5 years ago
Awesome idea!
Looks great; good job!