How to make an electric guitar cake
In medium bowl, mix chocolate frosting and black food color to make black frosting. In small bowl, mix 1/3 cup vanilla frosting and black food color to make gray frosting. Place gray frosting and 2/3 cup white vanilla frosting in separate resealable plastic freezer bags; seal bags. Cut small bottom corner off each bag. In another medium bowl, mix remaining vanilla frosting and desired food color to make guitar color.
Assembling the Guitar Cakes
Using serrated knife, cut rounded top off cake to level surface; place cake cut side down. Using the electric guitar template as a guide, cut cake as shown. Place cake pieces on tray, attaching to tray with small amount of frosting.
Crumb Coat Cake
To crumb coat the birthday cake, spread thin layer of guitar frosting over the top and sides of guitar cake body to seal in crumbs. With black frosting, crumb-coat top and sides of guitar neck and headstock. Refrigerate or freeze cake 30 to 60 minutes to set frosting.
Decorate the Guitar Cake
Frost entire birthday cake with same colors as the crumb coat. If desired, place remaining black frosting in resealable plastic freezer bag and cut small bottom corner off bag to pipe frosting. To extend guitar neck 1 to 2 inches onto body of guitar, pipe and fill in neck with black frosting. With white vanilla frosting, pipe and fill in contrasting design on body of guitar. On white design, pipe black rectangle about 1 inch from end of neck to create pickup. With gray frosting, pipe on frets, bridge and any additional accents as desired. For strings, add black licorice. Add small fruit candies at ends of strings. For tuning pegs, add gumdrops. For buttons on body, add tropical fruit candies.
This guitar birthday cake recipe serves 12.