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So my son's birthday was this month, he turned 15. It's not normally a big birthday for boys in my family however, I was feeling ambitious and in need of some caking. Cakes have been slow for me lately, not to mention I have a 12 week old daughter and I needed an outlet for some mommy time. I wanted to make something really nice. Something he could really enjoy and something that made him say "wow". He received great marks in Advanced Orchestra, so I figured, what the heck, I'm going to make him a viola. I set out on a internet search for how to's, ideas, inspiration and more. A few were awesome others were not the level I would attach my name to. Anyway, I promised myself, hubby and son that I would post the pictures to CC when I finished, no matter how I felt about the cake.

 

So after almost 2 weeks of planning and tinkering with how to make this or that and letting things dry, it's finished. I'm not over the moon about it, however, I'm happy with myself for sticking to my guns and making everything edible, down to the strings. It was a real challenge that's for sure. I learned a lot of what to do and what not to do. Prime example, I hate that I had so many oil and confectioner's glaze stains on the board. I wanted a matte background so I ditched the glossy protective paper. Ugh...the list goes on. TIA and TFL.

 

 

Any and all comments and compliments are welcomed. I'm open to constructive criticism. I know several things I would do differently, feel free to chime in.

 

Michelle

 

"The only thing better than a cake is two cakes"

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Michelle

 

"The only thing better than a cake is two cakes"

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post #2 of 26
I think you did a great job. SO many little details to tend to!! I'm proud that you stuck with getting it done especially with an itty-bitty in the house. Congrats on the cake and the baby!!
post #3 of 26
I think,it looks great! Lots of details good job
post #4 of 26
It is beautiful.
post #5 of 26

I am totally amazed by this! I play violin, and you really paid attention to detail, right down to the fine tuners! What did you make the strings out of? What did you use to get the glossy, polished look? I really want the details!

post #6 of 26
Looks good from here! It appears to be proportionally accurate, which is very important.
post #7 of 26
Err, I have no idea if proportionally accurate is even a proper term. It looks life size!
post #8 of 26
Beautiful
post #9 of 26
Wow. Amazing.

Seriously. The detail. The color is perfect. So many delicate parts ..bridge, string,... Just wow.

www.VeryDeliciousDesserts.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delicious-Desserts/207874222593145

 

It's never "just cake!"

 

You may get a cake for $way to little but you won't get this cake!

Animal
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www.VeryDeliciousDesserts.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delicious-Desserts/207874222593145

 

It's never "just cake!"

 

You may get a cake for $way to little but you won't get this cake!

Animal
(4 photos)
 
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post #10 of 26

Beatiful!

post #11 of 26

I think it's stunning.  Great job!!!!

post #12 of 26

Wow, what an amazing job!

post #13 of 26

That is one awesome cake!!!  Sure looks good to me; you did a great job.  thumbs_up.gif

post #14 of 26

I play the violin, and I can appreciate the amazing detail.  That cake is awesome!  A few times I have gone to Tap Plastic and had them cut cake boards for me out of food grade plastic (the same type that cutting boards are made of).  A variety of thicknesses and colors, nice matte finish.  They clean up so nicely, and are very strong and reusable. I know they are nontoxic, and can be used uncovered, or can still be covered with fondant, etc.   You could also probable just buy a black cutting board for a rectangle shape premade.  I am sure you are the only one that was bothered by the board.  It is a really beautiful cake.  

I'd rather be baking!
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I'd rather be baking!
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post #15 of 26
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Originally Posted by stephdover4 View Post

I think you did a great job. SO many little details to tend to!! I'm proud that you stuck with getting it done especially with an itty-bitty in the house. Congrats on the cake and the baby!!

Thank you so very much! I really wanted all the details to be as close to the real thing as possible. My son plays on a 16" viola, so I used a template for that size. As for the baby, she's a doll. We waited for her for almost a decade, so thanks a million for that.

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Originally Posted by SecretAgentCakeBaker View Post

It is beautiful.

Thank you so much!

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Originally Posted by Lucky6 View Post

I think,it looks great! Lots of details good job

I really appreciate it, thanks!

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Originally Posted by AZCouture View Post

Err, I have no idea if proportionally accurate is even a proper term. It looks life size!

Yep, that's what I was going for...thanks!

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Originally Posted by HellenChristine View Post

Beautiful

Thank you!

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Originally Posted by Norasmom View Post

Beatiful!

Thank you!

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Originally Posted by sweetjan View Post

I think it's stunning.  Great job!!!!

Thank you very much!

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Originally Posted by Goreti View Post

Wow, what an amazing job!

Thanks so much!

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Originally Posted by Baking Sis View Post

That is one awesome cake!!!  Sure looks good to me; you did a great job.  thumbs_up.gif

Thank you very much!


Edited by keepingitreal21 - 6/22/13 at 9:13am

Michelle

 

"The only thing better than a cake is two cakes"

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Michelle

 

"The only thing better than a cake is two cakes"

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