keepingitreal21 Posted 22 Jun 2013 , 4:52am
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So my son's birthday was this month, he turned 15. It's not normally a big birthday for boys in my family however, I was feeling ambitious and in need of some caking. Cakes have been slow for me lately, not to mention I have a 12 week old daughter and I needed an outlet for some mommy time. I wanted to make something really nice. Something he could really enjoy and something that made him say "wow". He received great marks in Advanced Orchestra, so I figured, what the heck, I'm going to make him a viola. I set out on a internet search for how to's, ideas, inspiration and more. A few were awesome others were not the level I would attach my name to. Anyway, I promised myself, hubby and son that I would post the pictures to CC when I finished, no matter how I felt about the cake.

 

So after almost 2 weeks of planning and tinkering with how to make this or that and letting things dry, it's finished. I'm not over the moon about it, however, I'm happy with myself for sticking to my guns and making everything edible, down to the strings. It was a real challenge that's for sure. I learned a lot of what to do and what not to do. Prime example, I hate that I had so many oil and confectioner's glaze stains on the board. I wanted a matte background so I ditched the glossy protective paper. Ugh...the list goes on. TIA and TFL.

 

 

Any and all comments and compliments are welcomed. I'm open to constructive criticism. I know several things I would do differently, feel free to chime in.

 

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stephdover4 Posted 22 Jun 2013 , 5:08am
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AI think you did a great job. SO many little details to tend to!! I'm proud that you stuck with getting it done especially with an itty-bitty in the house. Congrats on the cake and the baby!!

Lucky6 Posted 22 Jun 2013 , 5:10am
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AI think,it looks great! Lots of details good job

SecretAgentCakeBaker Posted 22 Jun 2013 , 5:14am
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AIt is beautiful.

AlyssaC Posted 22 Jun 2013 , 5:38am
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I am totally amazed by this! I play violin, and you really paid attention to detail, right down to the fine tuners! What did you make the strings out of? What did you use to get the glossy, polished look? I really want the details!

AZCouture Posted 22 Jun 2013 , 6:40am
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ALooks good from here! It appears to be proportionally accurate, which is very important.

AZCouture Posted 22 Jun 2013 , 6:41am
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AErr, I have no idea if proportionally accurate is even a proper term. It looks life size!

HellenChristine Posted 22 Jun 2013 , 10:08am
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ABeautiful

DeliciousDesserts Posted 22 Jun 2013 , 11:09am
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AWow. Amazing.

Seriously. The detail. The color is perfect. So many delicate parts ..bridge, string,... Just wow.

Norasmom Posted 22 Jun 2013 , 11:31am

Beatiful!

sweetjan Posted 22 Jun 2013 , 12:55pm

I think it's stunning.  Great job!!!!

Goreti Posted 22 Jun 2013 , 1:00pm

Wow, what an amazing job!

Baking Sis Posted 22 Jun 2013 , 1:06pm

That is one awesome cake!!!  Sure looks good to me; you did a great job.  thumbs_up.gif

yortma Posted 22 Jun 2013 , 1:30pm

I play the violin, and I can appreciate the amazing detail.  That cake is awesome!  A few times I have gone to Tap Plastic and had them cut cake boards for me out of food grade plastic (the same type that cutting boards are made of).  A variety of thicknesses and colors, nice matte finish.  They clean up so nicely, and are very strong and reusable. I know they are nontoxic, and can be used uncovered, or can still be covered with fondant, etc.   You could also probable just buy a black cutting board for a rectangle shape premade.  I am sure you are the only one that was bothered by the board.  It is a really beautiful cake.  

keepingitreal21 Posted 22 Jun 2013 , 4:08pm
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I think you did a great job. SO many little details to tend to!! I'm proud that you stuck with getting it done especially with an itty-bitty in the house. Congrats on the cake and the baby!!

Thank you so very much! I really wanted all the details to be as close to the real thing as possible. My son plays on a 16" viola, so I used a template for that size. As for the baby, she's a doll. We waited for her for almost a decade, so thanks a million for that.

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It is beautiful.

Thank you so much!

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I think,it looks great! Lots of details good job

I really appreciate it, thanks!

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Err, I have no idea if proportionally accurate is even a proper term. It looks life size!

Yep, that's what I was going for...thanks!

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Beautiful

Thank you!

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Beatiful!

Thank you!

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I think it's stunning.  Great job!!!!

Thank you very much!

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Wow, what an amazing job!

Thanks so much!

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That is one awesome cake!!!  Sure looks good to me; you did a great job.  thumbs_up.gif

Thank you very much!

keepingitreal21 Posted 22 Jun 2013 , 5:38pm
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I am totally amazed by this! I play violin, and you really paid attention to detail, right down to the fine tuners! What did you make the strings out of? What did you use to get the glossy, polished look? I really want the details!

Wow, that's awesome! My son thinks he's a pro, so I had to make sure it was up to his standards...lol. Thanks so much! The strings were unbreakable gel, piped out with a #3 tip. The gel shrinks so you have to pipe it out larger than you want it. I used a few drops of silver sheen airbrush color since the gel I have is clear. I used full strength confectioner's glaze for the glossy look on the body, chin rest and tailpiece and half strength for the fine tuners, fingerboard and tuning pegs. I used edible gold glaze for the accents on the tailpiece, the end button (pin) and the tuning pegs. I used edible silver glaze for the chin rest clasp, the bow accents, like on the frog, the adjustment screw and the tip. The "horsehair" on the bow was gumpaste cut out in a strip that I let hang over the edge of the table to form the angle up into the bow tip. The fine tuners were gumpaste rolled out thick and cut out with a #12 tip. I inserted spaghetti pieces and let them dry. Any thing else, just ask. I'll be happy to fill you in.

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Wow. Amazing.

Seriously. The detail. The color is perfect. So many delicate parts ..bridge, string,... Just wow.

Thanks, the color took some doing, I rolled out a patch of gumpaste and fondant to test on first. Since the cake was fondant and the neck was gumpaste, I had to make sure the color would look about the same on both. Not to mention that when I didn't mix in enough brown with my alcohol, it just painted green...lol, yuck! The bridge was fun to make, my son says he wanted to keep it and see if he can really use it. I told him the real string tension would probably snap it. The neck gave me a run for my money. I tried every edible medium I could think of. I almost gave up on my 5th attempt. But I managed and kept it edible, however, Styrofoam started looking really good after attempt #3. LOL!  I even manage to make the tuning pegs work. So the string was thread through the and tightened.

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I play the violin, and I can appreciate the amazing detail.  That cake is awesome!  A few times I have gone to Tap Plastic and had them cut cake boards for me out of food grade plastic (the same type that cutting boards are made of).  A variety of thicknesses and colors, nice matte finish.  They clean up so nicely, and are very strong and reusable. I know they are nontoxic, and can be used uncovered, or can still be covered with fondant, etc.   You could also probable just buy a black cutting board for a rectangle shape premade.  I am sure you are the only one that was bothered by the board.  It is a really beautiful cake.  

Yeah we are our own worst critiques. Thanks for the compliment and the Tap Plastic idea. I will have to look that up for my area. Again thanks so much!

remnant3333 Posted 22 Jun 2013 , 5:47pm

Wow, you did a fantastic job with this!!! It looks so real!!!  I am sure your son loved it!!!! You are very talented!!!!
 

rurra Posted 22 Jun 2013 , 6:01pm

 Amazing work!!! You really are an artist

dawnybird Posted 22 Jun 2013 , 6:14pm

I am speechless. I just have no words. I feel like I could pick the thing up and play it. (if I could play a viola!! Haha!)  Anyway, I am in awe of the precision of your work. Just wow.
 

auntginn Posted 22 Jun 2013 , 6:41pm

OMG!! Are you kidding?  It is more than awesome and fantastic.  A mother's love truely shines thru in your work and talent.  Congratulations for a job well done.  Enjoy your new little one.  Such a blessing from God.

keepingitreal21 Posted 23 Jun 2013 , 4:29am
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Wow, you did a fantastic job with this!!! It looks so real!!!  I am sure your son loved it!!!! You are very talented!!!!
 

Thanks, he didn't want to cut it. He asked if we could freeze it and keep it forever...lol! I told him in that case, I wouldn't have made it with real cake.icon_biggrin.gif

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 Amazing work!!! You really are an artist

Thank you! This is very overwhelming...but again we are own worst critics. I'm glad it turned out mostly how I wanted it.

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I am speechless. I just have no words. I feel like I could pick the thing up and play it. (if I could play a viola!! Haha!)  Anyway, I am in awe of the precision of your work. Just wow.
 

You've said more than I thought I could achieve...thank you so very much!

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OMG!! Are you kidding?  It is more than awesome and fantastic.  A mother's love truely shines thru in your work and talent.  Congratulations for a job well done.  Enjoy your new little one.  Such a blessing from God.

Thank you so very much! I definitely love him despite his teenage attitude...lol! My dear daughter is truly a blessing that I never thought I would receive. I'm definitely enjoying her.

Annabakescakes Posted 23 Jun 2013 , 4:38am

That is wonderful! And it reminds me I need to take my son's viola back to the music store. I  wish he would play it, but we spent $20 a month for the past 9 months, and he has practiced at home 3 times....

 

Congratulations on the baby!

keepingitreal21 Posted 24 Jun 2013 , 1:16am
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That is wonderful! And it reminds me I need to take my son's viola back to the music store. I  wish he would play it, but we spent $20 a month for the past 9 months, and he has practiced at home 3 times....

 

Congratulations on the baby!

LOL! $20 a month, that adds up to a lot of cake decorating gadgets. Yeah we can't make them take interest in things they just aren't in to. I've tried that before. Thank you very much!

celiazumbach Posted 24 Jun 2013 , 8:51pm

AWhat an outstanding cake. I dabble in cake decorating and would love to come up to your level.

sarahbakestudio Posted 25 Jun 2013 , 9:31pm

Holy cake, that's a cake?! That is absolutely beautiful.

 

You should be so proud with your work. "We" are always are worse critics. I always feel the same way with my own work.

 

Love it! :)

keepingitreal21 Posted 26 Jun 2013 , 1:09am
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What an outstanding cake. I dabble in cake decorating and would love to come up to your level.

Thank you! Keep dabbling...that's how it starts for some of us.

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Holy cake, that's a cake?! That is absolutely beautiful.

 

You should be so proud with your work. "We" are always are worse critics. I always feel the same way with my own work.

 

Love it! :)

I really appreciate the enthusiastic compliment! I am proud and yep, I totally agree!

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