I met with Rachel and Daniel several months ago and as soon as they mentioned they were interested in a banjo cake, my eyes lit up. This is the kind of cake that I rarely get to do, but always look forward to making. Almost immediately, I called our good friend Jim Pankey, who is a professional banjo player. He was kind enough to lend us a banjo for a couple of weeks. Chaddy went to work taking measurements, making cardboard templates, and taking pictures and detailed notes. He even made some silicone molds of the tuning pegs!
In instruments I have made from cake in the past, I used extruded fondant for the strings, and I never liked the look. This time I wanted to use real strings, which meant that extra structure would need to be in place.
The neck is made of 1/4" wood, covered in modeling chocolate. There's a small block of wood at the top and bottom of the banjo to hold the neck and strings.
So, is anyone interested in seeing the structure used to create this cake? If so, drop back in here next week and I'll talk a little more about how we made the structure and show a few in-process shots of the cake. If you have any other questions about the banjo cake, leave a comment on this post and I'll try my best to answer it next week.