So we have been so flat out the last month I haven't had time to sit down and add to my blog, so I thought I would take the opportunity to do a bit of a 'The making of' the severed head cake. Now this cake was for an extremely lovely couple who have dined on my creations since I was making pastries, doughnuts and other specialty yummies from a local cafe so I would certainly call them regulars :)
They came and told me that they wanted a cake for a Halloween theme and didn't really have any preference as to anything in particular and so I got full creative license which to a cake artist is (99.9% of the time) AMAZING!!
To start with I didn't particularly have any model reference for the cake as I didn't want to offend anyone with their head on a board :)
To start with I stacked two seven inch cakes and created some cake crumb for the shape of the head. I sculpted the cake to ensure the appropriate proportions and try and get as much detail as I could with the cake before adding the ganache. See the cake picture below;
Once happy with the cake and the proportions I added a coat of ganache to glue it all together and get it smooth and sharp.
Once happy with the details I let him cool off while I worked on the eyes which I made fondant balls and hand painted the iris and pupils then set aside to dry, I then covered the whole head with a fondant which a sculpted shape such as a head with a nose and chin is no easy task :) Once covered I got onto the details of the lips, nostrils and other details. I slit the eyes and inserted them in place after the 'face' was on so the details hand painted on the eyes were not smudged.
Which brings us to the eye lids which with a face it has to be the same on one side as the other. I then spent at least an hour trying to get a good hair effect and so starting with the eyebrows and continued with some stubble/beard I added some colour to the lips and some wrinkles to add some life into the face. At this stage I had only done one ear and ears are sooo tricky!!
Starting to come together I began work on the hair and colouring the cheeks to look more 'dead' added some more detail and bam! head done!! Now for the gory part ;)
After all the work and detail I turn this bad boy on the side to his final resting place and covered up the cake base with some red fondant made some muscles/ tendons a bit of a spine a gross and 'blood' filled throat and two other tube things which I cant say I really wanted to google a reference picture for the gruesome part :)
Then proceeding to add the 'blood' and let it naturally fall onto the board to look more realistic.
I only just now realized that I missed texturing some of his beard (whoops)
All up this guy took around 19 hours to cook, carve, proportion, crumb coat, cover, detail, texture, paint, colour and saying a little heart felt goodbye to severed head Sam (yes I named him Sam ;) )
And voila severed head Sam, a cake for a creepy but delicious Halloween
Thanks for reading!