Easy, Electric Guitar Cake for Birthdays

buttercream electric guitar cake

This guitar cake was created with the Wilton Guitar Cake Pan and modified to resemble an electric guitar. Using this pan, you can replicate any type of guitar just by varying the icing color.

Icing the cake is relatively simple. The only planning involved to create an electric guitar is making the fondant guitar accessories. Since they are small, they dry quickly.

Once the cake is baked, cake decorating takes about an hour. This cake makes a great birthday cake for a teenager or as an adult cake.

To recreate this cake, you will need:

  • Cake baked in the Wilton Guitar Pan
  • Knife
  • Buttercream Icing
  • Chocolate Icing
  • Fondant
  • Silver Food Color Powder
  • 6 toothpicks
  • Food Color Paste, black and yellow
  • Cake Decorating Tips #2,4
  • Metal Spatula
  • Paintbrush
  • Lemon Extract
  • Pizza Cutter
  • Straight-edge or ruler
1. Bake the cake in the guitar pan. Trim a small piece out of the guitar cake, as shown, to make the cake resemble an electric guitar. trimming guitar cake
2. Crumb coat the cake. Make yellow icing and frost the sides and top of the guitar. If you run the metal spatula under hot water, you will get a smoother finish. Tint some chocolate icing black. (It's much easier to get the frosting black when you start with chocolate icing). Frost the neck of the guitar cake black. frosting guitar cake

Make the fondant guitar accessories:

3. String adjusting knobs: Roll 6 small pieces of fondant. Flatten them - they will be shaped like lima beans. Insert toothpicks into each one and let them dry.

fondant guitar knob
4. Roll 4 balls of fondant about 1/2" wide. Flatten the tops. These are the tuning knobs. Allow them to dry.
5. Roll out a piece of fondant to 1/4" thickness. Using a straight-edge or a ruler and a pizza cutter, cut out 2 rectangles, both about 2" x 1-1/2". Place them on the birthday cake, as shown. Create a 2" long strip and pinch down both ends. guitar part
6. Outline both rectangles with black icing using the #4 tip. Mix silver food coloring powder with lemon extract and paint everything that you have made in fondant. Place the fondant strip near the fondant rectangle furthest from the neck of the guitar. Draw a black line on the side touching the strings with the #2 tip. guitar cake outline
7. Draw frets with yellow buttercream icing using the #2 tip. (They get further apart as you move towards the end of the neck). guitar cake frets
8. Make dots where the strings end on the neck of the cake. Push 3 fondant-covered toothpicks into each side of the end of the guitar. Put the tuning knobs on the guitar, in the widest area. guitar cake strings


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