I found my inspiration in some of the amazing 80s cakes that I saw in my Internet search. I pulled a couple of the design details that I liked (the pac-man layer and black and white checked cake board) and then combined them with details that were specific to the birthday girl, the mixed tapes, Tiger Beat, and Richard Marx album. My goal was to make a cake that screamed 80's without throwing on every image, catch phrase, and trend reminiscent of the decade.
What screams the eighties more than homemade mix tapes? Do kids even know what cassettes are anymore?
The Ms. Pac Man layer was time consuming, but well worth the effort. Each piece was cut by hand and then mounted on the cake. Each side of the bottom layer had a different design.
I was so happy with the end result! It turned out almost exactly how I pictured in my mind!
- Everything with the exception of the black and white zebra ribbon around the cake board was edible.
- The Tiger Beat, Richard Marx album, and cassette tape labels are edible images mounted on gum paste. I found the images on the Internet and printed them off on a printer that I only use with edible ink. If you are interested, I purchased my printer from Icing Images.
- The cassettes are made from black fondant that was mixed with tylose powder.
- The cake board was made by cutting out squares of black and white fondant that I lined up and pasted to the cake drum with piping gel. It took forever, but the look was perfect!