Sunday, August 21, 2011

Happy 50th Cake

What better way to celebrate a 50th birthday than with a cake shaped like a casket!?!  Yep, I made this cake this weekend for a customer friend of mine.  She sent me a photo of a cake she had seen and asked if I could make it.  "Can I make it" I laughed :0)  Of course I can make it! {fake conceit-really terrified inside}

Don't you just love the hand reaching up out of the darkness?
The really creepy thing is the hand I still have sitting on my counter.  I made a first one, but when I held it up to the cake it looked a little too small.  I tossed it aside and made a new one, forgetting all about the first attempt.  Today as I finally faced the disaster in my kitchen, I came across the small dismemberment again.  You don't usually come in to find a fist of fingers lying there on your kitchen counter {grin} 

 Here is a shot of the backside in case you were wondering how I made that lid connection.  I stressed a while about how to do the cake.  I was trying to not make it too  complicated.  I finally went for Scott's idea to create the "illusion" of an open lid.  This is actually a flat cake, totally level {to my best ability :0} with a wedge of black fondant laid on the side wall, then brown trim placed over top to create that "open" look without trying to figure out how to prop things open or have an overhanging lid or anything that could fall apart with transportation.  

My casket was covered in tan fondant and I used watered-down icing color to paint on a slight wood grain and shading around the edges.  
Thanks for the project Ann!  I haven't made a fun cake in a while.  It was just what the Dr. ordered :0)
You guys should have seen the bucket of rocks she made for the birthday boy.  She didn't want to say "50 sucks" so she gave him a bucket of edible rocks that said "50 Rocks"!!!  If we are lucky Ann will comment on where she found her edible rocks.  They were amazing!

I will be back soon with details from Emmalee's Hello Kitty Star's birthday Tea Party {my 3yr old changed her name-Heaven help me!}  It was a blast to put together and even more fun to see how much the kids enjoyed it!  See ya soon!!!


  1. Vanessa - The cake was the hit of the party. I liked that I got credit for having the talented friend who created it. Plus it was delicious too. Thank you sooo much.

    For those of you who are interested in the rocks I got them here: They look kind of shiny in the picture but in person they look just like rocks.

  2. Holy moly batman! That's amazing! I turned 50 a couple of years ago...and I'm not sure if I would have wanted a casket shaped cake...but seeing this one, WOW! This is awesome and yet funny, and according to Ann, it was delicious! That sure is a conversation piece! Great job!
    By the your blog!


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