1976 was an awesome year! I know lots of people hitting the big one this year; myself and Mr. T included. Doing a 40th birthday cake for anyone this year will be extra special.
For the electric guitar I was sent a picture of Steve's guitar to emulate. Everything was edible except the guitar strings. There was no way I was going to try and figure out how to put fondant on straight thin enough to pass as string. Instead I just used silver paper.
This was a 2 layer 9 x 13 red velvet cake. Putting this one together was rather stressful! I made the guitar and the lettering in advance. I dusted the lettering with some gold dust to give it an ombre effect. When I went to grab my new container of black fondant I opened it up and it was really hard. I tried to kneed it to soften it up but it was filled with lumpy dried up bits. Thankfully, I had plently of white fondant but did not relish the idea of having to dye it black.
Dying the fondant set me back about half an hour. My hands were covered and the top of my deep freezer looked like it had been in a fight and lost it was black and blue. This is why I buy predyed black fondant!!
While decorating the cake, I got a wet spot to the left of the guitar that one of the 40 stars would not cover. I created a shadow up the side of the guitar to cover to embrace it and it ended up looking really good.
Now on to the next cake. So glad I kept to my resolve to not bake for January! Ha!
NOTE: I was able to get a refund for the fondant and a 5% discount on my next order from Flour Confections which I was pleasantly surprised at. The store is fantastic and has an amazing selection with good prices. This is the first time I've ever had an issue with anything I've bought. Amazing customer service for sure.