Hi everyone! I need to make a tennis racket cake for a friend's 40th birthday. I have been searching online for instruction but unfortunately I could not find one! I hope someone can help with this. Instructions / tutorial would be a BIG help! btw, I also need to make a ball with it.
Thank you so much everyone for the help!
this might help you out also.
Thank you for the fast reply!!
kiddikakes, did you use a sheet pan? what size? This is only my 3rd cake and I am a little worried. Thanks so much!
icer101, thanks for the link!
This thread is about making an acoustic guitar cake ( http://cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-711841.html ).
The principles would be the same. You will need to decide what size cake you need based on number of servings and whether you want to do a single layer or a double (for realism I'd use a single layer oval carved and torted. You will need to find an image on the internet that you can use as a template ( http://www.google.ca/images?hl=en&source=hp&gbv=2&aq=f&aqi=g10&oq=&q=tennis%20racket&tbs=isch:1 ). I would make the handle (and perhaps the frame) from RKT. I'd think about using some sort of impression mat for the screen portion of the racket (not skid shelf liner might do the trick ( http://www.rona.ca/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/rona/showproduct.jsp?link=/img/product/full/3213056.jpg&closingWidth=480&width=500&lang=/img/en_US&langId=-1&height=500&productId=63054)).
cakeyouverymuch, thanks for the link. If I will be doing a single layer, do I do 3"? and what size baking sheet did you use?
For the guitar I used a 9x13 pan and baked two one inch layers because I hate hate hate to torte. If you start with the 9.8x13.5 oval and do it as a 2 inch then torte and fill it and carve the one end so it more nearly approximates the shape of the tennis racket (which is a little less rounded at the none handle end) you'll have about 20 servings of cake (based on the Wilton serving chart which says that that oval baked as a two layer 4 inch cake serves 45). If you need closer to 40 servings then I'd go for the two layer four inch cake, though it won't look as realistic if its that tall. Plus, using that size oval at one two inch layer will give you a cake that is almost the size of an actual tennis racket where the string portion is actually 11.5x15.5 ( http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_are_the_dimensions_of_a_tennis_racket ). HTH and good luck. Please post back when you're done, I'll be interested to see how it turns out.
Thank you for all your replies!
I just have a few more questions though:
1. What should i use for the edge of the racket (the raised part, is that fondant? or was it carved out?
2. What should I use to make the string?
Thank you so much for all the inputs. You guys have been really very helpful!
For the edge of the racket I'd use RKT (as I stated above). I'd pipe the strings in a lighter color buttercream or royal icing against a darker fondant background. Or you could use something like this http://www.rona.ca/webapp/wcs/.....d=63054 as an impression mat to give a grid effect to your fondant which you could then highlite with luster dust used sparingly so it just catches the raised surface. HTH