This belated birthday cake was a 'Chocolate-Covered Caramel Cake' made of four layers of chocolate cake soaked in a caramel sugar syrup and filled and iced with alternating layers of caramel and milk chocolate Italian meringue buttercreams.
The cake was then covered in a caramel-flavored fondant and painted with food coloring to look like the wood of an acoustic guitar. The neck of the guitar was made with rice cereal treats covered in fondant. The guitar strings were made with grey fondant and a clay extruder with a little bit of silver lustre dust thrown in.
The cake board was covered in fondant and then textured and painted with food coloring to look like a hardwood floor. The sheet music was made by handpainting black food coloring on a 3" x 5" sheet of white fondant.
The wrapped present is there because the neck of the guitar needs support and it seemed to work with the birthday theme. The cake is over 4" high and is only about 7" in diameter so the neck of the guitar would have been way too thick if I had made it big enough to lay on the cake board!
I really like how this one turned out, although perfectionist that I am, I do see lots of things I could have done better!
This blog will follow my adventures with cake, pastry and all things sweet!