Surprise a music lover on his birthday with a homemade guitar cake. Whether you design an electric guitar cake or an acoustic guitar cake, the basic tips used to create these cakes are similar and even a novice cake decorator can create a recognisable guitar with a little time and effort.
While a guitar shaped baking pan will simplify the process of making a guitar cake, you may not be willing to purchase a pan you only plan on using once. Carve your own guitar from a rectangle shaped baked cake. Remove your baked cake from the pan and let it cool completely on a wire rack. Wrap the cooled cake in cling film and place it in your freezer for about 1 hour, this will reduce the amount of crumbling as you carve the cake. Cut the cake into shape with a serrated knife. Slice a 5 to 7.5 cm (2 to 3 inch) wide section from one side of the cake and use it for the neck of the guitar. Carve the remaining cake into the body of the guitar.
Guitar strings on a cake can be edible or nonedible depending on the look you want to create and your own personal tastes. Stiff strings such as spaghetti noodles or craft wire can simply be pressed lightly onto the top of the frosted cake and they should stay in place. Flexible strings such as shoestring liquorice need to be held in place by a dab of icing each end of the liquorice to prevent it from curling up and ruining the guitar string appearance. Instead of adding candy or wire to your cake, you can pipe frosting strings directly onto the guitar cake using a round decorating tip.
Use your favourite types of candy to add detail to your guitar cake. It helps to look at a picture of an actual guitar while you are adding the finishing touches. Arrange miniature cup sweets to simulate volume and tone control knobs on an electric guitar cake. Form a electric guitar's scratch plate or the sound hole of an acoustic guitar cake by cutting the shape out of fruit leather or a piece of rolled fondant. Flatten fudge with a rolling pin and cut triangles out of the to make edible guitar plectrums.