barbie standing guitar cake

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I was tickled when my friend Holly asked if I could make a cake for her daughters Barbie – The Princess & The Popstar Birthday Party!  When she asked if I could do a guitar cake I was even MORE excited!!!  How totally awesome!!!  You know me, I can’t just make a guitar cake… I have to make a STANDING guitar cake!


I enlarged a guitar shape in photoshop and used it to draw an electric guitar shape in 3/4 in thick wood.  Then I cut it out with my jig saw!  My kids love the Barbie movies so I quickly bought the new one for “research” to get the shape of the guitar just like the one in the movie.


once I cut it out I created shelves of more wood as well as built out the neck of guitar and covered it all with aluminum foil (we don’t want our cake/food touching raw wood!!!)  Then I added rice krispy treats to the bottom, cause it’s light weight, and “glued” it in place with ganache, royal icing works too.


Then I started stacking the cake to the shape, also using Ganache to “glue” it together.  You can choose to stack it the way I did, from the back, or upright, from the shelves.  It took two oval cakes to get the right height, I barely had to carve any off the top!!!  It was perfect!


To create the standing I screwed some metal corner brackets to the base (I used my jig saw and cut a star) and to the guitar shape.  THEN I bent it back to the angle I thought would work best (and not fall over).


I covered the body of the guitar in purple, then sprayed it with a pearl sheen to glitter-fy it!  then added the fondant to the neck!  Time to add all the details!!!


I dried fondant ovals to some covered wire and stuck them out the back for the string tighter’s.  To hold the string I screwed some, well, screws right through the fondant into the wood.


on the other end I tied the string to some straight pins and shoved them right into the cake!


I covered the screws with fondant and I left some of the string hanging out, to look more real.  I used upholstery string for the thickness.


And covered the other end with more fondant!


A close up of the details…


And the full guitar!  I am still SOOO in love with how it turned out!!!  Eeeek!  I’d love love LOVE to create a realistic looking guitar, painting the fondant to look like real wood…  anyone NEED one?


Ashlee has been cake decorating for 8 year, and blogging for 6+. She has 5 children ages 2-12 that she enjoys throwing parties for. She loves to bake, cook, crochet, knit, do home improvement, graphic design, photography and writing.
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