Harley Davidson Birthday Cake

A friend of mine (hi, Alyssa!) asked me to make her mother a birthday cake. Her mom was turning fortysomething and LOVES Harley Davidson motorcycles. Awesome! I love a good challenge, but I also knew that attempting to create that logo out of fondant could shave a year or two off my life. I was right. It was the most challenging design I’ve done – but I’m so happy with how it turned out!

It’s also fitting that I was asked to make this cake just weeks before I move to Milwaukee (the home of Harley Davidson). Ride on!

  • I made a three-layer 10″ cake. The bottom and top layers were white cake dyed orange and the center layer was chocolate. I tried to make a black layer, but it looks more gray than anything else. Sadface.
  • I frosted the cake with buttercream icing.
  • I created the Harley logo out of black and orange fondant. I used Fondarific fondant, which I ordered from Amazon.com. I highly recommend it!
  • I printed out a large high-quality version of the logo and used that as my template. I traced the general shape of the logo, but cut the letters out by hand (tracing just didn’t do the job well enough). Invest in a set of Exacto knives if you’re going to be doing a lot lettering – it makes it easier!
  • I surrounded the cake with little balls of black and orange fondant to give it a more finished appearance.
  • Let me know if you have any questions!
    • Laura - March 27, 2012 - 7:22 am

      How do you get the buttercream so smooth??

      Amazing cake!ReplyCancel

    • Mary-Michael McDonald - March 27, 2012 - 10:27 am

      So cool! My husband would love this. Thanks for the tips!ReplyCancel

    • Mary-Michael McDonald - March 27, 2012 - 10:33 am

      OK, I just watched that video and that is about the handiest tip ever for this perfectionist! I spent an hour on my last cake trying to get it smooth just using my off set spatula. I about lost my mind. Thank you, thank you!!ReplyCancel

    • Annie - March 27, 2012 - 10:44 am

      I know what you mean — getting the icing to be smooth can be maddening! Hope the tip helps :)ReplyCancel

    • Laura R. - March 27, 2012 - 11:19 am

      Great job on this! Looks awesome.ReplyCancel

    • Annie - March 27, 2012 - 11:29 am

      Thank you! :)ReplyCancel

    • Hannah - March 27, 2012 - 10:43 pm

      That looks really good! I’ve never worked with fondant, but i’ve always wanted to… :)ReplyCancel

    • Alice - April 1, 2012 - 1:26 pm

      My dad’s gonna love it!
      I love your cakes, even though it’s sometimes challenging cause i live in France and most of the time i can’t find the ingredients you talk about…ReplyCancel

      • Annie - April 1, 2012 - 10:51 pm

        Thanks for the comment, Alice! Feel free to e-mail me if you ever have questions about supplies or what I’m talking about :)ReplyCancel

    • Alice - April 7, 2012 - 3:56 am

      I will, thanks for offering ! :)ReplyCancel

    • Ursula Carpio - September 13, 2013 - 5:43 am

      That cake looked amazing , I wanna make the same cake to my husband , can I make the logo in advanced or it has to be on day before, because I have some thing to do, let me know, thank youReplyCancel

      • Annie - September 13, 2013 - 7:12 am

        I’m not sure if you could make the logo ahead of time. The danger is that the fondant will dry out. Maybe you could do a test run — roll out a thin sheet of fondant about the size of the logo and see what happens if it sits out over night or for a few days. Maybe it’ll dry out, maybe it won’t. Sorry I can’t be of more help!ReplyCancel

    • James leach - March 22, 2015 - 1:53 am

      i want one can u make me oneReplyCancel

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