home made cakes for special days and elevenses

Monday, 1 July 2013

Gibson Les Paul Guitar Cake

We have a fantastic community Facebook group in my area, providing locals with all sorts of useful information and advice. Occasionally people ask for cake makers' details and I have been lucky enough to see Vanilla Frost Cakes recommended several times. When a lady recently asked for someone who could make a cake to resemble her husband's Gibson Les Paul I was more than a little nervous to see my name popping up. I had never attempted a guitar before and was not sure where to start.

I went to see the guitar and took a few pictures, then ordered the biggest cake board I could find. I used this to determine the size of the cake and drew an outline of the shape on to greaseproof paper. Then I then baked two enormous rectangular cakes in my biggest roasting pan, and used my paper templates to cut out the shapes.

I tried to create a wood grain effect by painting the light brown sugarpaste I had covered the cake with. I was pleased with how this turned out but would have liked a shiny finish really. All the knobs and twiddly bits (I'm not particularly musical!), are hand made from sugarpaste and painted with gold and silver lustre dust.

I really enjoyed making this cake, and had a great time listening to 6 Music's coverage of Glastonbury whilst I worked on it. A perfect pairing.


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