Guitar Cake

A good friend of mine is part of a dixie/country band based out of Atlanta, called the VaudeVillains.  A big group of us got together a couple of weeks ago in Augusta and all went out to dinner.  We don’t get to see each other very often, and earlier in the year when I was making a lot of decorated cakes, he asked if I had ever made a guitar cake.  At that time, I hadn’t.

The day before the get-together, it hit me that it would be the perfect time to make the cake.  So, I asked my little secret spy to find out his favorite flavor of cake…chocolate.  Done.  The chocolate cakes I throw together are super moist, rich, and contain lots of little chocolate chips in it.  While looking at other guitar cakes online, I wanted to make something original.  Something that was different than anything else I had seen…  So, I went to look at the pictures of the band’s guitars.  Picked out my friend’s favorite guitar that he plays all the time, zoomed in on it and had it sitting on the counter to try and mimic the same design and color scheme.  It was hard to match the exact colors and design, but it was certainly close enough.  Well, the cake wasn’t enough.  Shocker.  Chocolate decorations seem to make everything that much better, so I made some notes out of dark chocolate and stuck them on the cake board surrounding the cake, and wrote the name of the band on the board with icing.  I ended up taking the cake to the restaurant that we were all meeting at and had them hide it in the back before we all met up.  It was certainly a surprise, and the words “Thank You” were mentioned many times.  I told everyone that the notes were made out of chocolate, turned my head for literally a few seconds, and when I looked back over at the cake, I saw a couple of hands pulling the notes away and stuffing them in their mouths.  So, the notes were the first to go…ALL of them.  Made me chuckle.  I’m actually listening to the guys on the radio right now!  Awesome musicians!

Super Moist Chocolate Cake Recipe:

1 box Duncan Hines dark chocolate fudge cake mix

1 box instant chocolate pudding mix

1 cup oil

1/2 cup water

4 eggs

8 oz. sour cream

1 cup mini chocolate chips

Combine first six ingredients in mixing bowl and beat at medium speed for about 3-4 minutes.  Stir in chocolate chips, pour into greased cake pan and bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes.  Cool completely before icing.

“Ho Ho…Uh Oh!” Christmas Cake

Every year, our extended family gets together for a large Christmas celebration.  This year, I decided to make a large, pretty cake for everyone. including chocolate decorations.  The kids are sure to love the chocolate!

This is a 11×15 inch neopolitan cake.  The bottom layer is chocolate, middle layer is strawberry, and the top flavor is vanilla.  Cream cheese icing is in between each layer, and covered in buttercream.  The chimney was cut with a square fondant cutter, two layers.  Santa’s legs and boots are made out of fondant, and I wrapped the fondant around dowel rods and inserted them completely into the cake, to secure the legs and chimney.

The reindeer and sleigh are made out of solid chocolate, using molds.  I attached lollipop sticks to the backs of the chocolate to make them stand straight up on the cake.  The lights are sugar decorations from the local cake store, and spice drops are set up along the bottom of the cake for added color.  Looks like Santa got stuck in the chimney!  Uh oh!