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Hi have had a look at that link and guitar cakes on cc but still have a few questions we have decided to use mdf for the base, customer wants it all to be sponge and understands that they wont be able to hold it.
I have taken measurements of the guitar the body is 37x48 inches and traced to get the template I am going to use sheet cakes which would be 2 inch the thickness of the guitar is 3 and half inches what would be best one layer of sponge then filling and covered in fondant or should I use two layers of sponge with filling and fondant it needs to feed 25 people just not sure which way would look best.
thanks for any help you can give me with this.
I had an adventure in making a replica of a 1955 electric guitar back earlier this year. I made the base out of MDF as well as the neck of the guitar. I had an internal structure made such so that he neck of the guitar was screwed into the body area of the cake. There were also shelves spaced about 8" apart so that when the cake was placed on the guitar stand there would not be as much gravity issues. I covered the MDF with cake boards hot glued to the base. I then used two layers of sponge with a filling in between and covered it all with butter cream and then fondant.
My cake also had an undertone and dark finish for the varnish. I handled this by handpainting the fondant with a mixture of vodka and the color. I let it dry and then added additional colors for highlighting and then finished by sponging on the black where needed.
My most difficult task was covering the back of the MDF with fondant and also giving it the "varnish" treatment and then adding the banding to cover up the join. Doing that enabled me to allow the guitar cake to be viewed from all sides while on the stand in the middle of the wedding reception venue and have it look like the groom's real guitar. I must have been successful because the bride and groom's family messaged me saying there was an audible gasp when the guests realized the guitar on display was actually a cake and not the groom's guitar.
Here is a picture of my finished cake on its stand.
I purchased a real guitar stand for less than $10.00 at a local music store. It held the cake weight with the MDF base and everything perfectly fine. There is one detail that I had to add and that was a rectangular piece of black painted MDF to place on the "arms" at the bottom of the guitar stand in order to create a platform for placing the cake. Also, at the very bottom of my cake base was a platform that I covered in fondant, too so that I knew there would be a hard sturdy surface to carry the weight of the bottom of the cake. I took a picture of the inside structure of the guitar cake in order to make it easier for the catering company to cut and serve it. Below is that picture so you can see what I mean. As you can see, once constructed, I covered all MDF surfaces with hot glued cake boards and you see the ledges that I screwed inside to help carry the weight of the cake and distribute it so gravity would not be as much of an issue. I then just filled in the open spaces with cake and filling and then frosted the whole thing top and sides and then covered it with fondant. I was concerned about the rounded left and right bottom areas of the cake where there would be nothing to support the cake once it was placed vertically in the guitar stand. But, I made sure to adhere the fondant very well to the MDF base in those areas and it was not an issue at all. Matter of fact, I found out the cake stood in the guitar stand at the reception for about four hours after I delivered and it was taken down to be cut. No problems at all. HTH