by Michele Owen
(Beachwood, OH 44122)
The music cake was inspired by the original Piano/Cello design by Amanda www.sweetfixrva.com
A young woman I work with showed me a picture of a music cake she found on the internet and jokingly asked if I would make it for her birthday. It was half piano and half violin. Months later I surprised her with my take on the cake.
Cake Decorating Techniques
The cake is marble with vanilla cinnamon buttercream. I split it, filled it and cut a curve for the violin before frosting it. I made the piano keys, strings, and bar to hold them ahead and let them dry.
The keys and bar were painted with black gel mixed with vanilla extract. The strings didn't come out a thin as I wanted but I was afraid to make them any thinner since some of them broke in the process.
I covered half of the cake in white fondant and half in dark brown adding the S on the side. I brushed the violin with the black gel color and thought it looked heavy so I took paper towel and rubbed some off.
I attached black fondant around the piano with piping gel and a wood grain around the violin. I made the wood grain by laying a strip of dark brown and light brown together and kept folding and stretching until I liked the effect.
I attached a strip of painted fondant to separate the instruments, and attached the keys and strings.
Emma loved it and tagged it on Facebook! I really enjoyed making this themed music cake.
Michelle what a cool design. Thanks for telling us some of the cake decorating techniques you used to make the wood grain effect.
Here are links to a couple of other creations that Michele has added to the all occassion cakes page on this website. Mickey Mouse Hello Kitty
And another submission of a
with tips on getting the wood look.