I entered a cake decorating contest that was also a fundraiser for my local public radio station as a part of their 25th anniversary yesterday. The cakes were judged and then auctioned with the proceeds going to the station. I entered the category for 'Representation of Public Radio~Past, Present, or Future'. I decided to make a cake that looked like a vintage bakelite radio.
These are a couple of the radios that I based the design on.
I am not all that happy with how it turned out. I envisioned it looking just like a radio. I wanted people to come in and wonder why a radio was sitting on the cake table....The problem was the chocolate glaze I put on it. It just didn't turn out as smooth as I had hoped. I guess using fondant would have been the way to go..But I am not into fondant, it is just too expensive. And did you notice that letters had slid down in the top photo(that one was taken at the contest)...jeesh!
Anyway, I did win in my category (mind you, only 4 other cakes entered the contest) and my cake did get the highest bid of $66. The folks that bought it were really nice and excited about the cake. They own an antique store in a neighboring city.
Cake info: It was a four layer dark chocolate cake with a rich chocolate glaze. Everything on the cake had to be edible (which I am not really into...I like cute plastic toy encrusted baked goods). The area with the call letters is a rectangle of vanilla flavored clear hard candy. I got the recipe for it off the internet, dyed it an amber color and made a mold out of wax paper. The dials are mini reese's peanut butter cups. The other decorative features are made from sugar wafers, coconut cookies, and some fancy 'entertaining cookies'.