Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Jazzy Piano Cake

This was a tricky cake to do.  The pianist is meant to be Bill Evans for any jazz enthusiasts.  The piano is the actual cake and there is also some cake in the piano stool. I baked an 8" square sponge cake, slicing it into three layers and cutting it into the piano shape.  I used cake pillars fro the piano legs but cut them down to the size I needed. Making sharp corners was extremely difficult when covering it with icing. To make it shiny I brushed it with confectioner's glaze.  The piano lid, keyboard lid and music stand are all made from Pastillage icing so it would set hard enough to keep it's shape. I finished it off with a black and white piano keys ribbon around the drum board. 

18th Bed Cake

This is a sponge cake I was asked to make for a lady, whose son was turning 18. I made a 12" square cake then halved it, sandwiched it together with butter cream then cut 2" off one end.  All the pieces for the bed frame are made from pastillage icing which sets hard, then brushed with an edible wash of colour. I patterned the frame pieces with a wood grain effect first. The frame is attached with royal icing. Obviously I was copying the style of the bed from a photograph I was sent, so the colours were the same as his bedroom decor. I modelled the extra items around to make it more like a typical teenagers bedroom.