One and a half very long days is the amount of time I spent on this bass guitar cake. I started off at home baking two huge cakes in roasting dishes for the body of the guitar. My tiny little dining table couldn’t even fit the template of my cake so I uplifted everything and took it to my sisters huge ten-seater table.

I was up til 3am baking bits and cutting them to size and shape. The next morning with all my puzzle pieces ready to be put together I put them in the deep freeze so they’d be easier to handle and more able to take the man-handing. while they were freezing I comandeered my sister’s car and went to the hardware store to get a custom cake-board cut which cost me $7 for the mdf board and the cut was free! I was stoked.

3 hour nap later…

… the neck of the cake was “franken-caked” together by mixing all the off-cuts with ganache and moulding it to shape on top of an off-cut that kept its’ length and stability.

Covering the massive body with fondant proved harder than I expected. I still haven’t mastered the art of fondant so there were some cracks and one or two folds. By now I had gained the help of my younger sister and my niece. My niece was cutting out dials, and knobs for the details and my sister was smoothing fondant on the three main pieces; the body, neck, and the place where the keys are.

Because the actual guitar we were modelling this from was not a plain ordinary colour (it was “Lake Placid Blue” which had that metallic glitteriness to it) we trialed mixing this edible metallic teal/blue paint with blue food colouring. I wasn’t in the mood to wreck my paint brushes with alcohol based paints so we persevered in shifts, painting the guitar with the brush it comes with which is the size of a nail polish brush. It was tedious work I tell ya! My brother-in-law finished the painting off with a flourish as I painted the neck with coffee for the wooden look.

With 30 minutes to spare before the party I was still placing cachous in between the frets for more detail, and  still trying to make a strap. After placing all the knobs, dial, and other bits and bobs I piped on the frets and strings before hastily making some keys out of white chocolate and painting them silver.

With a final message of Happy Birthday and the Fender signature at the top, I handed the huge heavy cake over to be destroyed within minutes.

The overwhelming gratitude and ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ made it all worth while.