My dad turned 80 this year and there is something about that number that got me a little choked up. This is definitely a milestone birthday that deserves a celebration. My mom pulled off a fabulous dinner for friends and family and I brought the cake.
Dad and Mom-8/7/2013 on their 48th wedding anniversary
One of my dads hobbies is wine making so I fashioned the cake into a wine barrel. What seemed like a fairly easy carving actually took a considerable amount of time in order to get the sides symmetrical.
The wood grain effect came from an impression mat that I rolled over the fondant before placing it on the cake. The fondant was colored a light brown but I didn’t care for the flat, one-dimensional color so I used a couple of shades of brown food coloring to paint over the fondant.
I used silver food coloring to create the rings around the top, bottom and middle of the barrel. The grapes are made from buttercream using a 12D piping tip and the grape leaves are made from sugar paste. I finished the look of the cake by covering the cake board in wood grain fondant.