My Backpack Cake!

Decorating By chanielisalevy Updated 27 Jul 2011 , 9:46pm by patjobes

chanielisalevy Posted 24 Feb 2009 , 12:07pm
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I couldn't get my pictures uploaded either so I am attaching them here. This cake was done for my daughters' school for the Mothers' Tea which was a school related theme. It took 2 weeks of 10 minutes here, 20 minutes there. I'm unhappy with the zippers, but otherwise pleased with the results. The board is wood from home depot covered in chocolate fondant embossed and brushed with edible varnish. All school suuplies are either fondant or gumpaste and the cake itself is 3 9x13's cut and layered. Feedback is appreciated!

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Justbeck101 Posted 24 Feb 2009 , 12:17pm
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Thtat is AWSOME! You did a great job! How did you emboss the board?

Susie53 Posted 24 Feb 2009 , 12:17pm
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Wow! Everything looks so real, I thought I was looking at a real bottle of glue! You did an amazing job! thumbs_up.gif

msladybug Posted 24 Feb 2009 , 12:19pm
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That is amazing. I agree I thought the glue was real.

kkitchen Posted 24 Feb 2009 , 12:21pm
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This cake is flawless. Everything is excellently done.
I am curious to know how you did the board also.

grama_j Posted 24 Feb 2009 , 12:33pm
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You aren't really going to let someone put a KNIFE to this masterpiece, are you ?! icon_surprised.gif

pamconn Posted 24 Feb 2009 , 2:01pm
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Wow, you've got talent!

BREN28 Posted 24 Feb 2009 , 2:07pm
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that is so cool,i would hate to cut that cake,i would want to show it off for as long as i could!! thumbs_up.gif

Susie53 Posted 24 Feb 2009 , 2:14pm
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Originally Posted by BREN28

that is so cool,i would hate to cut that cake,i would want to show it off for as long as i could!! thumbs_up.gif

Yeah, I'd hate to cut it too!

gscout73 Posted 24 Feb 2009 , 2:16pm
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icon_eek.gif Wow, amazing. Congrats on a fantastic job!!! icon_eek.gificon_eek.gificon_biggrin.gif

MemphisMom9801 Posted 24 Feb 2009 , 2:22pm
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Here's another "Amazing!" comment. icon_smile.gif You really did do a fantastic job... everything looks great!

jlynnw Posted 24 Feb 2009 , 2:32pm
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this cake is amazing icon_eek.gif What is wrong with the zippers? Are you looking at the same pic as I am? This is amazing I also want to know more about the board.

Chippi Posted 24 Feb 2009 , 2:41pm
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Wow super job! It looks very real and wow alot of work, you should be very proud. I thought the pencils and glue were real also. Congrats!

FlourPots Posted 24 Feb 2009 , 10:08pm
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Very, very should do a tutorial!!

cylstrial Posted 24 Feb 2009 , 10:17pm
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Your backpack cake is awesome!!

And I agree with FlourPots. A tutorial would be great!!

chanielisalevy Posted 25 Feb 2009 , 2:47am
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Wow, thank you all so much for your feedback! I was a nervous wreck trying to plan this cake (I posted questions along the way in forums with very little responses! yikes!) So I forged ahead on my own! To answer your questions, the board was a piece of wood from home depot covered in chocolate fondant, embossed with woodgrain, lines and nail holes indented then painted with edible varnish to look like polyurethane. All school supplies were hand molded and painted either fondant or gumpaste. Edible images were used for the glue and crayons.

And yes, I did let them cut into it! The parents at the tea didn't have the heart but the principal kept it in her office to show it off then brought in down to the cafeteria the next day where she showed in to the elementary school. Then they cut it up and all of 300 girls got a teensy, weensy taste.

I'm especially proud of this cake as it was my first attempt at this design, and also I am a self-taught decorator. So thanks a bunch for your kind words.

I would do a tutorial but don't have the faintest idea how to make that happen!

nannie Posted 25 Feb 2009 , 2:53am
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congratulations on such and amazing and original design.

give yourself a big pat on the back


justsweet Posted 25 Feb 2009 , 2:58am
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You did a great job

sugarcheryl Posted 25 Feb 2009 , 4:22am
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Great Job. I know that took you sometime.

rezzygirl Posted 25 Feb 2009 , 6:30am
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Amazing Cake! I showed DH the pic:

Me: Honey, check this out
DH: (staring for about 15 seconds) is it gonna move or something
Me: It's a cake
DH: (mouth drops open) Nooooo! Really!!! icon_surprised.gif Can't be!!! Look at that detail and the glue and the pencils and the erasers!! icon_eek.gif Can't be icon_confused.gif
Me: Ya, It's a cake

Great job thumbs_up.gif

JaLa90016 Posted 25 Feb 2009 , 6:40am
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You've got natural talent!!! When I first looked at it, I thought the glue was real until I read that it was molded. Excellent job!!!

tinygoose Posted 25 Feb 2009 , 6:44am
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That is soooooo cool!! Wow! That's about all I can say. Wow!

chanielisalevy Posted 25 Feb 2009 , 11:31am
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Thank you so, so much for your very positive remarks. If you look at my portfolio (and I'm sure you can all say the same) the early pictures are OH SO EMBARRASSING! I'm slowly improving (I took a WIlton course in 2000 and literally fell into fondant and stayed stuck in sugarwonderland ever since!) but since I am not formally trained it's taken me trial and error to learn the trade which is both time consuming and EXPENSIVE! But loving the process. I get majorly excited when I learn a shortcut or a trick to make something look realistic. Your comments are really encouraging to me and helping me to be more confident in my work. I bake from home and am doing 99% family and friends 1 % commissioned work. And in between cakes I am a stay at home Mommy to seven little gold nuggets from ages 1 year to cakes can only be done piecemeal!
Thanks CC for the encouragement and GREAT advice!

cole10 Posted 27 Jul 2011 , 12:07am
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Did you have a support system on the inside of the backpack? I love this!

Bellatheball Posted 27 Jul 2011 , 1:35am
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Honestly, every single piece there would have fooled me...especially the glue!

patjobes Posted 27 Jul 2011 , 9:46pm
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this absolutely wonderfull, and considering you are so busy with your little ones i dont know how you had the time, evverything looks so real i would have been fooled, i wish i had this talent you could go a long way with cakes like that.

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