The Jerry Garcia cake I made was for a dear friend of mine. We were friends in high school but we went our separate ways in life until recently when I found her again. See my friend was a huge fan of the Grateful Dead. And I will never forget the day Jerry Garcia died because she was heartbroken. So to celebrate her birthday this past year I thought it would be hilarious to make her a cake of Jerry Garcia.

The cake is a double layer chocolate cake. I baked it in two 8" round pans frosting: buttercream recipe is as follows: 1 cup solid white vegetable shortening, 1 tsp vanilla, 2 tbsp milk or water, 1 lb (or 4 cups) pure cane confectioners sugar, 1 egg white and a pinch of salt. I used Wiltons coloring to color the frosting. I free-handed the face and for the hair and beard I used different frosting tips to build the effect of hair.