My son LOVES numbers, and one of his favorite toys is a calculator! So, for his fourth birthday, I wanted to make him a homemade calculator cake. As you might imagine, there are not a lot of calculator cake ideas out there. I did find a couple on this site to give me some inspiration.
I just used a box cake mix and I baked a 9x12 cake and a loaf pan. I cut the loaf in half diagonally to make the raised screen portion of the calculator. For frosting, I used the basic Wilton buttercream recipe and tinted it blue. After frosting, I used chocolate candy bars broken into pieces for the buttons and wrote the numbers, etc. on with icing.
I wanted something smooth that actually looked similar to the screen on a real calculator, but I couldn't find any fruit "roll-up" or fruit leather that was gray. So, I made my own. After searching on the internet for a recipe, I mixed strained applesauce and a little black food coloring together, and smoothed it out on a cookie sheet. I dried it in a low temperature oven. Then I cut it into a rectangle shape and laid in on the cake for the screen.
I then wrote with black icing "Luke = 4" in the font style of a calculator and on the sides 4 + 4 - 4 x 4 / 4 = 4. I was pleased with the way it turned out, and Luke had a wonderful numbers birthday!
This Sound Board Cake was made for a friend who is a sound guy for his birthday. The D1 is the name of his sound board that he uses at the theater he works at.
I used a 12x 18x 2in pan for the cake. I made a wooden frame that the cake sits on so it was at the correct angle. I frosted the cake with black icing and pipped all the details for the sub-masters.
The sub-masters themselves are white chocolate that I made molds for my self out of amazing mold putty. I also made molds for the EQ knobs. I painted all the chocolate with the metalic icing dust to make the silver.
The edges of the board is fondant that I also painted silver with the icing dust along with the 3 screens. The meter board is cardboard that I frosted with black icing and piped in the lines. ( I ran out of time to figure out how to make it edible and stand up in the back.)
In the picture the cake has a crack down the middle from it not being supported well enough before picking it up! Lesson learned!
I made this Homemade Sound Board Birthday Cake Design for a co-worker for his 60th Birthday who is an audio mixer at HBO. The bottom of the audio board was made of two layers of devil food cake with vanilla filling. The top Audio bridge I used yellow cake with fudge filling.
The faders I made from fondant, the knobs I made from Rollo candy. I just added a white line on top of vanilla frosting. The buttons, I made from Dots candy. I used a rolling pin to flatten the dots and cut little squares. They look great, just like they are lit up on a board. Also used dots for the LED's. Just cut small circles. I used red, yellow, green, dots. The VU meters I drew on a large paper, shrunk it then printed them out on rice paper, they look so real.
The tape reel I made from chocolate fondant. The Sony Head set I made of Rice Crispy Treats. I mixed Coco, and Fondant. At first look everyone thought it was a small audio board.