Tuesday, November 3, 2009

1950's Cakes: The King is Back... in Cake!

A couple months back, a client ordered a 1950's-themed cakes for her grandmother's 70th birthday party: A bust of Elvis and something poodle-themed.  I have never made a "head" before and pondered for many weeks how I would actually do this.  I wanted it to be realistic, sturdy and not use too many inedible supports.  And I did NOT want the head laying flat.

The party was a few weeks back, I'm happy to say that he was sturdy and I only used three dowels to separate the 2 cake tiers.  He may not look exactly like Elvis, but I was pretty happy with my first "head" - although, I don't like the thought of anyone cutting into it....

My client said the cakes were a hit!  Her grandmother didn't have the heart to cut into it and the poodle cake fed everyone.  As of last week, it is still sitting in her basement cold storage.... which I wouldn't want to bump into late at night because I'm sure it would scare me every time :-)


Elvis "In Progress" -  I started with 5 layers of vanilla cake iced with Swiss Meringue Buttercream.
Then, I started to carve the cake... yes, he now looks like Chewbacca...
He's starting to come to life with a bit more carving and some more buttercream.
And now sporting a new look - kinda Zorro-ish.... Such a fun cake!

13 comments:

bridget {bake at 350} said...

Oh, THAT is TOO COOL!!!

The Duchess of Wessex said...

That is Ah-mazing! What vision it took, (you had) to see the head within the cake!

You should be VERY proud of yourself.

Thanks for your Blog - it's fantastic!

Brandy L said...

Wow great looking cake! Thanks for the play by play :)

Clementina said...

wooooooooooooooouuuuuuuuuu!

Baker's Cakes said...

Incredible!!!

faithy, the amateur baker said...

I agree! Your Elvis cake is soo cool and amazing!! I don't know how you can carve till it look so real! Stunning!!

Ray said...

Interesting...there's a huge new casino complex (CityCenter) that just opened in Vegas...features a new Cirque du Soleil show, "Elvis"...you should ping them...

Tanya said...

Isn't he handsome???
You did a great job! I dont think I could carve a face like that!

SweetThingsTO said...

Hi Everyone - thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment!

Gabriela said...

Hello,

These cake is totally awesome!




~ Gabriela ~

Libbie said...

That has to be the coolest cake I have ever seen!

lyndsay said...

haha!! chewbacca... awesome... thanks for the play by play too, LOVE IT! turned out so rad!! :)

lyndsay said...

also, AMAZING that the cake is still intact and in storage!! the poodle cake is so cute too... totally 1950s. great work juanita! :)