How to Decorate a Musical Cake

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How to Decorate a Musical Cake
Whether your cake looks like an instrument or has musical notes on it, the recipient will appreciate your effort. (Ryan McVay/Valueline/Getty Images)

When it comes to musical themed cakes, there are so many options to choose from it may be difficult to decide on one. Consider the musician the cake is for when thinking of the type of cake to make. If the recipient plays an instrument, bake a cake in the instrument's shape. If they like a certain band, incorporating elements from one of its albums or songs is more appropriate.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Cake mix
  • Baking pans
  • Fondant
  • Pastry bags
  • Frosting
  • Food colouring

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    Bake your cake in the shape best suited for your chosen musical theme. A simple round cake can be used to create a vinyl record or compact disc. Pans can be purchased that will bake your cake into the shape of a guitar. A rectangular cake can be made into piano keys, a piano score or be the backdrop for any band logo. If you need to cut the cake into the shape you need, bake single rectangular layers to create your cake.

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    Cut the baked pieces of cake into the shapes you need. A rectangular cake with the corners rounded off can be made into a portable music player, for example, or cut into the shape of a guitar.

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    Frost the cake all over to add to the taste and give something for the fondant to stick to, if you are using fondant. The first frosting layer can be a "dirty" frosting, meaning that if crumbs get into it, you don't have to worry because you will be frosting over that layer later.

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    Chill the dirty frosted cake for at least an hour before continuing to decorate it.

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    Roll out your fondant on flat surface in the size you need to cover your cake. Fondant is like frosting dough that can be rolled out and placed over a cake to create a smooth surface to decorate. It can be made by hand or purchased at cake supply stores. Fondant can be tinted with colour or flavourings.

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    Take the cake out of the refrigerator and either frost it all over with a finish layer of frosting or place your fondant over the cake. Cut the fondant to fit the cake's shape.

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    Use coloured frosting in pastry bags to decorate the cake. If you are making a guitar cake, for example, use a wide tip to make frets of brown or black down the stem of the guitar and, if it's an acoustic

    guitar, make a circle in the centre of the guitar base of black frosting for the sound hole. Then take a fine writing tip and place white, grey or silver tinted frosting in the bag to make the guitar strings.

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    Use black frosting in a writing tip to make musical notes around a cake or make musical notes out of fondant and place them around the base of the cake.

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    Mold fondant into other shapes like drumsticks or guitar picks and place them around and on the cake.

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    Find birthday candles in the shape of music notes, guitars or other musical instruments and place them on the cake.

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