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by Doug B.
(Chanhassen, MN, USA)

Homemade Electric Guitar Cake

Homemade Electric Guitar Cake

My son David wanted an Electric Guitar Cake modeled after the style used by Darrell Abbott, better known as "Dimebag Darrell" of Pantera, an 80's-90's heavy metal rock band.

He chose a yellow citrus cake, which I preferred because it's not only delicious, but also firm and easy to carve. I used two 9x13s to create enough cake pieces, knowing we'd have 10 kids or so at the party AND we wanted enough cake left to have a separate family gathering.

While the cake was baking I prepared the marshmallow and powdered sugar fondant, coloring the majority a bright-bright green, then two small portions: black and a marbled mix of dark green and black. I placed those in bags and into the refrigerator to "ripen" the color.

I downloaded a photo of the guitar for a "pattern" and free-cut the design, fattening it a bit to create more edible cake than a true-to-scale model would have. The neck was one single piece, and the headstock was a separate piece, both cut from the second 9x13. I made a large batch of buttercream frosting, colored it a light green, and frosted the entire cake with about 1/8-1/4" of frosting. Next I rolled out the bright-bright green fondant and draped the body of the guitar, then the neck and headstock. I used a ravioli roller and a pizza cutter to cut away the extra fondant, and a butter knife to tuck the fondant in tight against the body.

The black fondant had become more brownish, which was actually a blessing. I rolled it out with a ribbed roller which left pronounced ribs that looked wooden. I cut a length with filigree at the end for the fretboard, and three broader pieces for the bridge and pickups. The brown-green fondant I used last, using the ravioli cutter to create a "Scream" face that I draped over the upper portion of the body.

I cut gourmet black licorice in half length-wise for the frets; rolled strips of aluminum foil on a pencil for the posts; short black licorice pegs for the screws; chocolate covered peanut butter cups for electronics knobs; and black embroidery thread for the strings. The half-cut licorice was heavy enough to help pull the strings taut and hold them in place.

Lastly I made an amplifier with leftover cake, stacked three-high. I darkened the buttercream frosting to a brown-green, and used black piping fr the grill. Junior Mints finished it off as control knobs. The cord was a real electric cord, cut from a PC power cable I no longer needed.

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