Love Is Our Resistance

My latest cake wasn’t a huge technical challenge, but it was time consuming! I wanted to make a cake for my middle sister as a surprise, so I asked my youngest sister for some ideas. Our middle sister loves the band Muse and has been to a few of their concerts, including being in the front row of one! So I thought it was a great idea – but how do you make a cake of a rock band?

My youngest sister then sent me a photo of The Resistance album cover and it is extremely cool! I loved all the colours, the Earth in the middle and the human on an illuminated pathway. So I said Yay! I then listened to my favourite Muse song – Supremacy for some inspiration on how I could make this cake. I then thought that I could print a copy of the album cover to size (8 inch round like a can tin) and then would be able to cut the pieces to shape. I then didn’t think about the cake again until Friday and that was when I realised I had accepted a challenge bigger than I had originally thought!

I made the chocolate mud cake and then I got all my coloured bits of fondant out that I have saved and sat at the kitchen table to create the album cover. I picked a spot and started making some shapes, but I realised that the shapes were drying (and I have learnt this lesson before but forgot!!). I really needed to be able to fit (squish) them to each other and there was no way I was going to be able to do that and then put then on the cake. So I covered the cake and bit the bullet by putting the pathway on the cake and then the shapes around it. There was no going back now!

It was quite slow going. I did start it quite late at night so I was probably a bit slow to start with, but the pieces were quite small and I find small details quite hard to work with. I think it got to about the 6th hour of decorating this cake (I was doing other small tasks around the house to tick things off my list, but I was mainly making the cake) when I decided I was going to torment my youngest sister by sending her hourly updates on the cake! So here were my updates! Michelle's Labyrinth Muse I definitely got faster as I progressed. Even though I was trying to cut the shapes exactly like the print-out, they were not exactly right and I wasn’t able to do every shape that is on the album. It didn’t take me too long to work out that I could put the print-out under some baking paper and trace the shapes as I cut them out. I also tried to keep the colours as close as possible to the album and I was so lucky I had all sorts of coloured scraps from previous cakes!!

Michelle's Labyrinth Muse

Next I drew the human being and hisMichelle's Labyrinth Muse shadow. I haven’t had much luck with drawing on cakes before, but I was quite happy with this result.

The last tricky part was Earth! Thankfully it was a Satellite version of Earth so the placement of countries etc wasn’t important. I rolled a ball of white, blue and green fondant together into a tube and then sliced an Earth. I was also quite happy with how it turned out too, considering it was smaller than a 5 cent piece!

Michelle's Labyrinth MuseI sent a picture of the finished cake to my youngest sister and she said it was amazing! I wasn’t convinced and asked if I need to put any words on it so our middle sister knows its Muse and she said no, that she would “know it for sure”.

When my middle sister arrived the cake was just sitting on the bench. As I mentioned she didn’t know I was making her a cake because her birthday is in 9 days time. She hadn’t been in the house long when she came up to me and said “What is that!” I said “Your birthday cake!”, she went up to it and pretty much had her mouth open [in shock / surprise!]. I said “So you do know what it is?” and she said of course and that she had a t-shirt, a beach towel and something else with that album cover on! I was like YAY!

Not long after that I was chatting to my brother-in-law and half way through the conversation he said “That’s a Muse cake!”, I think he had been looking at it without realising what he was looking at. I was like Double Yay! I was worried they wouldn’t know it was the album cover – because really, how many people still buy DVDs? The last ones I bought have all been on iTunes.Michelle's Labyrinth Muse

However we did come up to a conundrum! This is probably the second cake I have been sad to think about cutting. I usually really don’t mind, because I do make the cakes for eating! But I think I had spent 12 hours, including baking time, making this cake (as I said I was pottering around the house ensuring it was ready for guests, but I would have been working on the cake 70-80% of the time!). So while my sister was working out if we should cut it, because she also wanted to keep the top, we put the candles in the side! Looked pretty cool too!

Michelle's Labyrinth MuseMichelle's Labyrinth Muse

Much to my niece’s disgust we didn’t cut the top. My niece loves to eat fondant as I have said before and that was the only reason she wanted us to cut it! I am so glad we didn’t cut it. I think this is one of my favourite cakes. I love the colours. the design is quite simple, but effective. It wasn’t a hard cake to make, just time consuming. And I really just love the design of the album!

Michelle's Labyrinth Muse

So Happy Birthday to my middle sister! Thank You to my youngest sister (even though she dobbed on me and told my Mum I had been up all night cake decorating!!)!

Here is the album cover just in case you have no idea what I have been going on about! (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Resistance_(album) )

Michelle's Labyrinth Muse

And these are the words to my favourite song Supremacy (I especially love the second line! You know I live in fantasy world!). Well I better get to bed before my sister tells Mummy I have been up all night again! hehe I hope you liked my Muse cake!

Wake to see
Your true emancipation is a fantasy
Policies
Have risen up and overcome the brave

Greatness dies
Unsung and lost, invisible to history
Embedded spies
Brainwashing our children to be mean

You don’t have long
I am on to you
The time, it has come to destroy

Your supremacy
Supremacy

You don’t have long
I am on to you
The time, it has come to destroy

Your supremacy
Supremacy

 

 

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