Matthew's guitar cake

Matthew's guitar cake

by Cori

Matthew's Guitar Cake 08

Matthew's Guitar Cake 08

Our son Matthew is a guitar fan and we thought it would be fun to make a full-scale electric guitar cake for him. I took one of his guitars and traced around it on freezer paper. I then modified it to resemble a "Les Paul" model electric guitar which he loves.
I started with twelve box cake mixes. Half in butter recipe yellow and the other half in devils food chocolate. I purchased five pounds of wilton ready made white fondant, two large containers of chocolate fudge icing, three containers of butter cream icing, gold metallic edible "paint", black food coloring paste, & red, black and brown aerosol cake-spray coloring. Three 18" X 18" cake boards.

I cooked four 12" X 18" rectangular cakes. (I had approximately 3/4 of the chocolate and the yellow cakes left over that was unused. Due to the fact I was doing two flavors I over estimated how many cakes it was going to take in the end.) If cooking in 13" X 9" you'll probably need about 3 of each.

I cooked, cooled and crumb coated the bottom layer (devils food). Then applied generous layer of store bought chocolate fudge icing. I then placed yellow cake on top...crumb coated with store bought butter cream icing.

I layed the freezer paper template (I find it sturdier to write on than parchment). I carved the cakes to match the template. I used some of the cut-aways to form "neck" of the guitar.

I applied butter cream icing to entire cake. I rolled out the fondant (white) and layed over the entire cake. After trimming, my husband air brushed the guitar to match our sons guitar. I painted all the knobs, pick-ups, tuning knobs, etc. with edible metallic gold paints & black paste mixed with some clear vanilla extract. After the cake and the accessories dried I placed on the cake. The frets of the guitar were made of white fondant and were free-handed just like the rest of the accessories. I finished with applying a butter cream border around the bottom of the cake.

The cake was a hit! Turned out to be over 40 inches long and fed over 40 people.

I've only done a few cakes and so far this is probably my favorite. Looking forward to the next challenge!

Thanks for looking.

Pan for the guitar cake:

Guitar Cake Pan

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Sep 05, 2010
Wow! :D
by: Catrina

GREAT job on this cake! It turned out WONDERFUL! I was wondering if you knew where i could purchase a food coloring air brush unit?? If you can give me any incite please feel free to email me at
Thank you and fantastic job on your cake(:

Jul 19, 2010
Info Please....
by: First Timer

Your cake is beautiful. I would love to get more info from you. I will love to make one for my daughter. What did you use to make that size cake. I am loving it. Please help. My email address is Please help thank you so much for sharing your ideas and skills.

Feb 15, 2010
by: Alisha

I love your cake!! I want to do the same thing for my friend for her birthday. She loves playing the guitar so I wanted to make her a special cake! :) If there's any way I could talk to you about the cake, I would greatly appreciate it! If you wouldn't mind, could you email me at please? I've never made a cake in any shape other than square so it will be quite interesting!:) Thanks!

Jun 04, 2009
by: Anonymous

Boy that is great! You really put some effort into this, huh? I bet Matthew loved it!!
Thanks for the pointers! I am making my brother a gutair cake for his 28th b-day. He loves to play and sounds great, I just hope my cake is just as good!!!

May 14, 2009
by: critzca

Very cool cake. I am going to make a life size guitar for a coworker. I'm just trying to figure out what to use for the strings. I thought of rolling fondant, but know they are too long and thin, so I'm sure the fondant would break. I thought of angel hair spaghetti and could paint them silver. I also thought of the licorice whip candy, but that is probably too thick. What did you do? I just had a thought....what about gum paste?

Mar 07, 2009
mathews cake
by: Anonymous


Nov 05, 2008
Looks ace....
by: Danielle

Great cake Mum, well done....found it as I am doing a Fender guitar for my nephew's 21st in next few days.....

Oct 25, 2008
cake picture
by: Anonymous

I wish I could see the cake better . But the picture is taken from the side.

Sep 19, 2008
thats great!
by: vicki

I absolutely love that.

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