Monday, March 7, 2011

Duran Duran cake (for contest)

To say I am a HUGE Duran Duran fan it an understatement, so when I saw they were having an art contest for a chance to win concert tickets and meet and greet passes, I couldn't pass it by.  Hours spent slaving over a cake would be worth it!

I have to say, I'm really proud of this cake.  This is the first fondant cake I have done from start to finish that has been all my design.  The art piece had to be something based on their latest album (above), which is how I came up with some of the design

One of the first ideas I had was pretty easy because of a song titled "The man who stole a leopard".  I wasn't quite sure how to make these spots at first, but figured out an easy way.  I just flattened out a piece of black, added a flattened piece of brown to the top and then rolled over them with a small rolling pin.  It helped mesh them together nicely.

I also thought it would be really cool to add a record to the top to help symbolize the 80's, the decade I started listening to the group.  I used a small basting brush to help make the grooves in the record.  It was hard to get them to show up in the photo, but it looked really neat in person.

The band member silhouettes were actually one of my first ideas.  I found the silhouettes online and used Photoshop to make them the right size.  I printed them out, traced them onto wax paper, cut them out and placed them onto black fondant.  I then cut around the shapes with a sharp knife.  I used gumtex in the fondant to help make them stronger.  I also found that dipping the tip of the knife into water helped make a nice, neat line around the shapes.

I definitely couldn't leave out the well known DD symbol, which I also printed/traced onto wax paper.  The eye represents a song called "Being Followed" and the raindrops are for a song "Before the Rain".  This was my first rope and it probably could have been much better if I had more time.  I will have to work on that a little bit.

Here is the end result...The top layer is a Cocoa Krispie treat cake.  My 2 year old is allergic to wheat and eggs so I wanted to make him something he could eat as well.
The bottom layer is dark chocolate cake with chocolate frosting...yummy!!!

I have submitted the cake into the contest...  Voting begins on March 15th and ends March 28th....I will post the link when it becomes available.

If you would like to help me win....THANK YOU!!!!

**I didn't win...came in #14 or something like that.  Someday, I WILL meet them...somehow.