My friend Joe is one of the most talented and lovely people I know. We met about 4 years ago when we had both rashly said yes to being in a theatrical rock and roll band. Much laughter, sweat and glitter later (check out the band to see what I mean), I count myself very lucky to call Joe and his wife Nikki good friends.
It was then, shyly in a rehearsal room about 4 years ago, that I also first met Joe’s red keyboard. Not only is Joe an amazing pianist but he is also a bit of a YouTube sensation because of his Nord Stage 2 Demo and is rarely seen at a music event without his keyboard in tow.
Nikki asked me well in advance of the day if I’d be up for making Joe a cake for his 30th Birthday. The cake was totally her idea, she wanted a replica of his keyboard in cake. It made perfect sense, I just had to figure out a way to recreate the keyboard so it was a cake for 30 people, not 300 as I’m sure a full size replica would be! I decided to do a mini version of the Nord but I wanted to keep the keys actual size so scaled down the keyboard to just over 2 octaves.
I made two square cakes and carved the basic shape into the sponge. I then covered it in buttercream, then fondant before adding fondant covered KitKat fingers for the black keys:
Lastly, I spent quite a lot of time with a cocktail stick and different hundreds and thousands to create the synthesizer buttons. I took it along to Joe’s party where he had to give it a ceremonious play before cutting into it:I’m not usually a fan of trying to make cakes that look like objects as I think they can sometimes look a bit rubbish but I was very happy about how this one turned out. Thanks to Nikki and her cake request and thanks to Joe and his trusty Nord!