Jovan got the idea to do a big party for Rocky with a full-size replica of one of his guitars. Stormie sneaked into his office and traced his favorite, a Gibson electric, and here is what we came up with: a traditional white cake (4 Duncan Hine's mixes, augmented) with strawberry moistening syrup, strawberry filling and buttercream icing.
We made the knobs and gadgets from pastillage, which is technically edible, but would break your teeth if you really tried to eat it. The pick guard was tinted white chocolate. We decided to just create the "neck" of the guitar (which I kept calling the "leg" or the "arm" and any number of other body parts because I am a dork) from 3 layers of foam core with icing.
The guitar cakes we saw on the internet generally had piped icing "strings," but they usually looked wiggly and crooked so we opted for some gold-toned cord from Stormie's jewelry-making supplies, which was cute, but couldn't be pulled taut. This aggravated Stormie to no end. I kept saying, "It's just a cake." She kept saying, "This is not just a cake." I think she may have actually wanted Rocky to be able to play the cake?
NOTE TO SELF: I see a lot of strange cakes in my future. I don't even bake!?!?
Photos: the finished product, note the framed photo of Rocky playing the guitar; Rocky checking out the work on it; Rocky and his very proud father, Dave