Aside from being a sweet, tasty treat, a truly awesome cake can serve as a reflection and celebration of the person being honoured. A DJ infuses a party with its soul, giving it all he's got to keep the people on the dance floor grooving. You can gain inspiration from his favourite gear to make a cake with him in mind, to honour his mission and calling.
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A DJ isn't a DJ without his turntables -- for scratching, juggling, mixing and matching the beats to create his own signature sound. To complete the essential 2-turntable ensemble, you can bake two ¼-sheet cakes of any flavour, cover them in grey fondant (or airbrush the fondant with silver food-colour spray for shimmer) and use more fondant to form the mounted tone-arms and controls. The records can be made of black fondant -- or of cardboard, for a bonus effect of actually being able to spin. Icing, sprinkles or liquorice laces can form the inner lining of the records. The DJ's name and birthday wishes can also be iced into the black space of the records.
A DJ knows he's doing his job right when he sees a crowd of people getting down on the dance floor. Recreate the feel-good moment with a sheet cake decked out in coloured, flavoured squares to form vibrant dance-floor tiles. Use fondant, silver food-colour spray and etching tools to form a sparkling disco ball to further set the mood. But you can't leave the dance floor empty -- top it off with dancing topper figurines and it'll really be a party!
The boom box of the 80s and early 90s was essential, proving means for a portable party whenever the mood struck a DJ on the go. Before your DJ buddy learnt to rock 2 turntables and a microphone, the boom box was quite likely one of his first loves. One idea is to make a ½-sheet cake of any flavour, coat the entire surface with grey fondant and use black fondant to make cutouts for the boom box's handle, buttons, dial, cassette player and speakers. To give the speakers a realistic mesh texture, you can imprint the fondant with a tool or screen material.
Every now and then, the DJ's got to keep the party to himself, and for those times, he's got his headphones. Top a sheet cake with fondant shaped and painted to resemble a set of big headphones, and decorate the rest of the cake with the digital boom box of today: an iPod, also shaped out of fondant.
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