ok so i've been asked to make a formula 1 racing themed cake and i'm completely stumped for ideas. My customer doesn't mind if its a round or square cake but doesn't want a car shaped cake as its going to be my usual rich fruit cake base. so I said yeah of course I can do it (IDIOT!!!) well as many of you who know my cakes flowers of course i can do but I'm hopeless at modelling and dont know where to start - what have I got myself into!!! I've got till November so bags of time as yet but need some ideas from you lovely girls and guys before this brain dead moron self combusts with the agonies of trying to think what I want to do.
Oh yeah and it's not a kiddies cake but for a 60yr old formula 1 fanatic.
Well Les - I wouldn't let this phase you too much. I'm quite sure you will be able to do this. I saw your question and immediately ideas came pouring in to my brain. This is the sort of thing I think I'm good at - creative ideas around a particular subject. How about a round or oblong cake with a black track (in fondant) around the edge, mini fondant model F1 cars going round it, centre of green to represent grass, with maybe small trees or bushes. Across one part of the track a black and white chequered banner FINISH LINE. Google F1 race tracks (I'm a big fan too) and you will see that many of them are in country side with vegetation around them - Spa and Monza are good examples. I don't think it would be too hard to make reasonable fondant F1 models - if your recipient is 60 he will remember the old style F1 cars too, which were not as aerodynamic as todays cars and should be easier to model. If you're feeling really creative, you could make the models in plain fondant then paint them (that's what I'd do, but then that's the sort of thing I love doing). Both Martin Brown and I have done F1 shaped cakes and you could use those as a guide to how the models should look. Both photos are on our pages. Or if all this is too much faffing about, then why not a cake covered in black and white chequered fondant and one single F1 car model on top - maybe find out which driver he supports and try to copy that team in your model. I'm a bit busy this week with a cake for Saturday (as you know....), but should have a quiet week next week. Just for the fun of it, I might try making a model car to see how easy (or not) it is. Hope this helps Les - get practising mate!
thanks Katy and Suziq that gives me a few ideas