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post #16 of 35

How much time do you have. Edible image would be cheaper, but you can always get a custom stencil made that you can use over again. Depending on the company and detail they start a $20 (just letters), with lettering sizes as small as 1/4".  Either of the whole keyboard (custom design where you provide the drawing) or individual letters, then your royal icing could be much more precise.

 

Yes, the laptop wasn't meant to be so realistic.  The first time I did the laptop cake the plan was to take some letter keys make a mold out of them, then get a custom stencil. When it was all said and done, the cost was too much for the customer. So this less precise method was arrived at. 

post #17 of 35

I would go with edible images here too.

 

Print the entire keyboard on edible image, roll out black fondant the thickness of the keys, stick on image, then cut out and place each individual key, for the most realistic look.

 

Also, just a thought if you end up doing them by hand... you could put something on the keyboard to cover half of it so you don't have to make as many keys. Something that the birthday boy likes, maybe a cake version of his favorite book, or drape a fondant t-shirt from his college over it. maybe that's more work than making keys, IDK. HTH.

post #18 of 35

I know this reply maybe late and you probably figured out howto create your masterpiece. If so, it would be nice to see and know how you did.

My suggestion would have been to cover a keys board in plastic wrap loosely and then use a 50/50 of gumpaste and fondant "white"  and gradually form it to the keys.

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post #19 of 35
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Thanks for all the suggestions. I haven't made the cake yet. It's due on the 21st Feb, but I'll definitely post a picture when it's done.

 

I think the edible print with each key cut out separately is probably the best option. I don't charge for cakes as I'm just doing it as a hobby, so it's not worth getting a stencil made.

post #20 of 35

Another vote for edible images here.  I have made a couple of cakes with a "keyboard" component to them.  Trying to make the keys by hand is hard enough, but it's the spacing of those keys that's really tricky.  Here's probably the most realistic laptop I have made, and it's tough, because there's not much "cake" to it.  These things are so thin that they really don't lend themselves to cake really well.  The bottom part of the laptop was just the tiniest bit of cake (almost went with RKT) and the lid is actually just a piece of black corrugated cardboard covered in fondant.

 

post #21 of 35
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That's looks very realistic cupadeecakes.

 

I'm not sure what to do about the base of the cake. Whether to make a desk with other stuff on or just a very thick laptop. It's for a family party so the number of servings isn't too important, but I want at least 2 layers.

 

Don't laptop manufacturers realise that thin laptops are all very well until people want to turn them into cake? It's very inconsiderate of them to make them so thin!

post #22 of 35
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That's looks very realistic cupadeecakes.

 

I'm not sure what to do about the base of the cake. Whether to make a desk with other stuff on or just a very thick laptop. It's for a family party so the number of servings isn't too important, but I want at least 2 layers.

 

Don't laptop manufacturers realise that thin laptops are all very well until people want to turn them into cake? It's very inconsiderate of them to make them so thin!

 

Cupadeecakes, that is an awesome cake!

 

Louglou, you are so right, before anyone makes anything they should think about how to make it in cake first and re-design as necessary. ;-D 

post #23 of 35

Ms. White ("cupadeecakes"): WOW! Just Wow.

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post #24 of 35
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Don't laptop manufacturers realise that thin laptops are all very well until people want to turn them into cake? It's very inconsiderate of them to make them so thin!

 

I agree!!!

 

Fab cake Cupadeecakes. Looks amazing.

post #25 of 35

Hmm. On the cardboard lid: what would happen if you were to make it out of something as flat and tough as cardboard, but edible? Like a giant cookie. Or a very large sheet of Graham cracker? Or a very large sheet of matzoh? Or Scandinavian crispbread or gingersnap?

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post #26 of 35
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Another vote for edible images here.  I have made a couple of cakes with a "keyboard" component to them.  Trying to make the keys by hand is hard enough, but it's the spacing of those keys that's really tricky.  Here's probably the most realistic laptop I have made, and it's tough, because there's not much "cake" to it.  These things are so thin that they really don't lend themselves to cake really well.  The bottom part of the laptop was just the tiniest bit of cake (almost went with RKT) and the lid is actually just a piece of black corrugated cardboard covered in fondant.

 

 

cupadeecakes:  This is really super!  not only is the computer great, but your iced square cake underneath has your precise corners.  Wow.

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post #27 of 35

Awww, thanks everyone!  I do try to get my cake edges as sharp as possible.  James, I like your Scandinavian matzah pretzel bread idea.  And I really think that everyone should design household products with recreating them in cake in mind!!

post #28 of 35
Thread Starter 
I've now done the keyboard. Here's it is.
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It's black fondant with pearlescent white metallic food paint. I painted it on with tooth picks. The cake isn't needed till next Friday so I'll tell people not to eat the keys.
post #29 of 35

Brilliant idea;-D

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