My favourite teenager turned 15 and to celebrate her birthday, I decided to acknowledge another milestone in her life. My niece Mikaela learned to play the piano in the past year and to honour this accomplishment — and her birthday — I made a piano cake.
I’m happy to report that this cake came together easily and with no hiccups along the way. The fondant was smooth, and the decorations were easy to cut and draw.
Here’s how I made this fondant piano cake.
1. Bake, stack and ice cake
Bake a 9″ round, 3-layer cake. Fill and frost cooled cakes with buttercream icing.
Roll white fondant to at least 3/4″ and no thinner. Cover cake in white fondant, smooth fondant and trim excess.
2. Make your marks
Use a ruler to gently push vertical indentations into the sides of the cake. Be sure not to push too hard or you’ll cut right through the fondant. Now do you understand why I recommended at least a 3/4″ layer of fondant?
3. Add piano keys; chill out
Attach black “keys”of fondant. Refrigerate cake, uncovered.
4. Make a fondant music sheet and folder
Roll a few paper-thin pieces of white fondant. Trim those pieces to music-folder and music-sheet shapes. Allow these pieces to air dry at room temperature overnight.
Cake-decorating tip: Place your fondant to dry on strategically placed drinking straws. This gives your music folder/sheets natural bends, waves and curls and keep them from looking flat.
When fondant is dry, use a fine-tip, food-colouring marker and a ruler to draw music staffs (five lines, four spaces). Draw musical symbols: bars, clefs, notes and other symbols I’m clueless about.
Cake-decorating tip: Use a “Happy Birthday” song sheet to help you draw this song onto your birthday cake decorations.
If you can draw circles and lines, you can draw this. Really. Forget perfection. They’ll get the gist.
5. Attach decorations and finishing touches
I chose to keep the cake clean, with no border. This cake is the first I’ve been able to go borderless with. Most often, I need a border to conceal any imperfections. Luckily, this cake had few flaws to hide.
Want to see how this cake came together? Vine time!