Motorbike Cake: Eat my dust!
Well they say everyday’s a school day…welcome to the Wondercat School for Mechanics.
This post will be full of phrases and concepts that only the most senior mechanics are familiar with; you may want to be sitting down.
1) Motorbikes look different from either side
2) If you call a motorbike a “motorcycle” people will look at you strangely and realise you don’t have a clue…and are a bit gay.
So, my good friend Josie asked me to make a cake for her Dads 60th birthday. She asked for a model of her dad and a motor
cycle bike, not just any bike, a:
3) Ducati: sound it out with me, doooooooo-cat-tea.
4) Ducati’s are red.
5) You ride a motorbike, not drive.
6) Valentino Rossi
drives rides one…this is a person BTW, kinda attractive, looks a little like a baby chimp.
No problem I thought, I’ve never build anything out of gum-paste before (other than pretty flowers) but how hard can a person and a bike be? Blob here, blob there, job done!
7) Motorbikes have bits in them. The bits are called “engine”.
Note to anyone planning to start building things with paste: don’t start with a motorbike! Curves, sharp angles, structural pieces are a little challenging when working with squishy paste! Luckily, Simon is a veteran Warhammer player so is well versed in the art of model pinning and reinforcing…thanks Si, love you (I had a few Captain Janeway moments screeching about help with the “structural integrity”)!
The little trees (OK bushes or the man is a giant) are fondant rolled in crushed dry royal icing for foliage…I liked doing this bit!
Making people out of paste didn’t seem too much of an issue. A trip to Google University indicated that most are made out of blobs and look like balloon animals with stupid cartoon faces…NO! This is unacceptable! I decided to use my own method which involved building a body out of paste, rolling paste into thin sheets, cutting mini fabric clothing patterns, constructing garments over body, sculpting head, pinning head to body. I am happy with the method (though it took ages!). I think it’s something I’ll get better with the more I practice.
So here are some pictures. I make no apologies for the many shots and the schizophrenic photo editing…I bought a new camera and a pile of editing apps for ipad…I want to make use of them…deal with it.
Overall I am quite happy with it. I learned so much making the cake and enjoyed it immensely! The bike isn’t as crisp as I would have liked but as Simon said “it’s made of cake, it’s a bike of cake, it’s never going to be curved and angled to perfection, because it’s cake”. I guess I should just be happy it didn’t fall to pieces…
Praise the baby Jesus for toothpicks!