How do I make and decorate a Champagne Bottle Cake for my Dad's 60th?

by Nikki
(Auckland, NewZealand)

Hi, I want to make my Dad's 60th birthday cake. Ideally, I want a champagne bottle decoration to sit on top of a normal round shaped cake. I want to have "vintage 1950" on the lable of the bottle too. Can anyone tell me how to go about doing this? I want the bottle to look like a real bottle of Champagne..I have never done this sort of thing before and would love any advice.

Thanks

From the editor:

Hi Nikki,

I would recommend rice krispie treats for making the bottle decoration. Check out this Frog Prince Cake for the recipe and technique (scroll down to the section labeled "The Frog Prince"). You can cover the bottle in fondant or modeling chocolate and the finished bottle will be light enough to put on top of your cake.

You could make the label from either fondant or modeling chocolate, then hand paint the details. To do this just use gel paste food colors, thinned a little with vodka, gin or any clear alchohol and a very fine artists brush. The alchohol evaporates, leaving only the color. You can achieve very fine details with this method.

Good luck and don't forget to take lots of pictures so you can come back and share your cakes with us.

Regards,
Michelle (editor)


Nikki

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