Remember when I made this Superhero Cake for Nathen through Icing Smiles?
Nathen is still in the fight against cancer. He is such a strong, super boy! I encourage you to read more about Nathen here: http://www.facebook.com/nathentrueblood
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Inspiration for this cake
Nathen was having a Superhero birthday party, which included three Superheros.
Since these heroes began as comic book characters, using comic for inspiration seemed a natural, artful fit. I went to the comic book store for inspiration.
The building was carved so that it looked like a perspective drawing from a graphic novel – starting out wider at the top, and tapering at the bottom. The roof was carved at an angle to exaggerate the feel foreshortening. I outlined the building in black so that it looked hand-drawn. Notice the comic textures of ink dots and lines. These were all drawn with edible marker.
Like a comic book title, the color of Nathen’s name and the Happy Birthday subtitle had to pop, using color and thickness. I used a muted blue-grey color to simulate the background drawings in a comic. The windows, drawn in perspective, were painted a light white wash.
All the painting was done with petal dust paint: lemon extract mixed with petal dust.
The 6 bat signal
This was a really fun element on the cake. We used LEDs behind a gumpaste drum to create a bat signal, which backlit Nathen’s big boy age – 6! To learn more about lights, stay tuned for another post from a special guest, all about lights!
Any questions on this cake? I’ll be sure to include everything you want to know on the upcoming Superhero Cake Insider Video!