I made this Guitar cake for a friend's daughter who was turning ten. She was having a "diva dress-up music party" and wanted a guitar cake.
I started with a large 18" x 12" sheet cake pan and filled it with two cake mixes. I then made two more cakes using a guitar-shaped pan and a loaf pan that was 12" long. I evened the sheet cake out, then used the loaf pan cake to add some extra length to the side of it so the guitar would fit on it.
I then placed the guitar on the pieced-together sheet cake at an angle, so I would have some room to write. She was sure she wanted a lime green color as the base, so I suggested using bright pink and purple for the guitar and the accents. I started by piping the whole cake with lime green icing and the guitar with very bright pink. I used the purple icing for the hole in the center and to write with. I then dropped small dots of alternating colors around the base for extra color.
For the strings, I found some long, flat candy called sour powers and cut them into strips. I pieced two together lengthwise for each string, so that they would fit the length of the guitar. I pushed them down on both ends with a toothpick and glued them in place, using pink icing to match the guitar. I then used purple icing to cover the two ends of the final string lengths.
I then placed pink nerds all over the cake for extra color and decoration. She loved the cake and I have also made it in purple for a Hannah Montana party, which came out really well.
I was asked to make a Guitar Birthday Cake. It was for a lad's 21st birthday and had to be pink! The cake was made from a 12" square, 2 layers chocolate sponge. Once filled I allowed the cake to go firm in the fridge then using a template I cut round to make the body of the guitar.
I used butter icing to smooth all the rough edges and to give a crisp finish for the fondant to attach to. I baked another 12" cake and cut it into pieces to make the neck and the end. Using white fondant I first covered the large body part. The fondant did tear around the fiddly parts but I was able to patch those and smooth them.
Again with white fondant I covered the neck and head of the guitar, then stuck the 2 parts together. I made the board from layers of strong card and foam core, but I hadn't realized how heavy a 34" long cake was going to be. My husband had to reinforce the board with lengths of wood!!
For the decoration, I hand painted the whole cake with food colouring. I mixed colours with luster dust to give richer colours. I tried lots of ideas on how to make strings but everything made the cake loose its neatness. I knew I wouldn't be able to pipe a clean neat line either so in the end decided to leave the strings off.
I was really pleased with this cake, turned out so much better than I had hoped. The size was not far off a full size guitar and the couple who brought it were over the moon, they didn't even notice it hadn't got strings!!