Monday, June 30, 2008

Tasty Tom Selleck

I said I was gonna make a cake, and make a cake, I did! A Tom Selleck cake. My friend, Emma, was having a birthday bash, and seeing as she can't have the real Tom Selleck for a present, I made her this.

In my search for reference pics, I learned that a 'Tom Selleck Cake' refers to an actual kind of cake - usually a gooey chocolate and toffee delicious cake that is apparently 'better than even Tom Selleck' or 'the next best thing to Tom Selleck.'  I can't imagine that could possibly be true. This cake was sour cream pound cake with butter cream icing (and chocolate butter cream icing), made from scratch using my mom's old catering recipes.

I will admit, this cake did not turn out how I envisioned. I initially imagined nipples, a bigger portrait area, and better bordering, lettering, and so on. I found myself running out of time, so the bordering, the lettering, and flowers were tremendously rushed and overall half-assed. Thus, they really bother me to look at.

And, let me say, that chocolate icing was a pain in the butt! It was so stiff -- I should've added that last tablespoon of water that I decided against when mixing it up. It would've made a world of difference. That tube of chocolate icing was really trying its best to give me a melt down and take up all my time. On the bright side, I got to look at shirtless pics of Tom Selleck all the while....


I will say that I have never made a cake that was so well received and complimented (despite its decorative flaws, the blistering hot journey it had to its destination, and all the little things I did not get just right...), and my friend truly did have and happy (and hairy) birthday. I was able to let go of my perfectionista cake 'tude, and we had a blast!

Hope you all enjoy it as much as we did. Any ideas or requests for next year?
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57 comments:

La MaƱosa said...

I'm very impressed with your cake! Regardless of your frosting frustrations, I think it turned out totally awesome and anyone who watched Magnum P.I. would appreciate it, I am sure!

Clevergretchen said...

Beautiful cake! And tasty, too. :) It took my already awesome day and took it directly into spectacular. You are the cake mistress!!

kittykill said...

This cake is so rad! I would love to have it for my hairy birthday.

sewitsforyou said...

Het's hott!! Great job on the cake! Hope she enjoyed it/

STOVEPIPE.NET said...

That is so great! It makes me hungry, no...wait...you know what I mean..uh.

andi butler said...

I am truly in awe, the cake's amazing!! If it were too easy, where would the fun be in that? You're raising the bar again (s'cuse the pun)...Time for me to get out my chocolate...

Have a great holiday weekend!

a : )

marlene heuer said...

fabulous work...i just found you through etsy. i'm going to have to buy a sugar skull sometime soon!

merbear said...

Oh my God! Wow. Just wow. It looks just like him... I'm so confused.

Dotty said...

That cake made me giggle, it is such a fun cake. I hope your friend enjoyed every last piece.

johnny368 said...

Love your cake and others......

:)

Mary Louise said...

Holy Crap!!! I can't believe how awesome this is. You are a remarkable artist. Nice work in your portfolio! I especially like the sailor and siren one. You captured a perfect expression on his face.

Anonymous said...

That is the best cake I have ever seen! What on earth gave you the idea?

prentiss said...

Alicia- I found a link to your cake off the craftzine blog. How random is that?? I LOVE your cake!! We were just in Austin a couple weekends ago - should have looked you up! I'm totally linking this to my blog..

Anonymous said...

Great cake! We suggest for next year George Clooney! :-)

Wendy said...

I just can't get over how much it actually looks like him! Fantastic work. You're clearly a very talented artist.

And I can understand your frustration with the nipple-less state of the cake. That would have been great. If only for the added ewww factor. (And because piping nipples would be awesome.)

Naomi said...

wow. just, wow.

Zylo said...

This is so incredibly awesome. Would you mind me putting a picture link of this cake in my blog?

Anna M. said...

Ok, my suggestion, would be a Hoff Cake! I mean, I know, he's pretty played out but with Night Rider coming out, I think it would be great. This is the best thing ever!

Anonymous said...

Holy crap, that is an amazing piece of art. The likeness is striking, and I can't believe you did it with frosting (I couldn't do it with colored pencils!). I showed it to my BF and he said "That is disgusting!" I guess a guy can't appreciate another guy's hot body on something you eat (*giggle*). That's how good your portrait is.

epicurienne said...

Heavens, I cannot tell you how much I wish you were my friend, baking me Tom Selleck cakes for my birthday! This is incredible. I hope you don't mind but I have written a post about it (and my mild Tom Selleck obsession) here so click on the link if you'd like to read it!
Thank you for making me smile so much. Wow again, and I agree with Anna M that you might just have to try to cake the Hoff.

epicurienne said...

Woops and that link would be
http://epicurienne.wordpress.com/2008/07/12/the-very-edible-tom-selleck/

Thanks again! (Still giggling)

Anonymous said...

Amazing cake next year the Duke bothers or maybe the golden girls legends in there own pants x

Erin said...

Seriously brilliant! That mustache is to die for.

MildlyCrafty said...

That's fantastic! I didn't notice anything half-assed at all, I was too busy looking at Tom! It's such a great likeness, well done!

mike r baker said...

Astonishing. Best Tom Selleck ever. But, uh... I'll take a corner piece from the non-hairy side, please. :)

charlene/yahoo! shine said...

hey there! just wanted to let you know that i wrote about your cake on yahoo! shine...here's the link:

http://shine.yahoo.com/channel/food/tom-selleck-inspired-birthday-cake-is-cute-yet-creepy-208266/

charlene/yahoo! shine said...

p.s...my pick for your next cake would be rick springfield :)

alicia policia said...

Holy mustache! I was out of town for my brother's wedding when the world decided to blog about this cake!

Thanks, everyone, for your kind comments! I promise next time I'm out of town for a week that I'll check in on my blog and/or email at least once. ; )

Orla said...

You've got a gift, the resemblance is unmistakable.

mery71 said...

This is amazing cake!My birthday is after 2 days,I want one too...just for me!Magnum P.I...LOL...

Runningamuck said...

I am so in love with this cake! And I'm so jealous of your friend! I'll bet you'd get lots of requests for this cake should you ever decide to sell them.

Great job!!

jainhollie said...

I love the cake! I found a link on a tech blog of all places, then followed that to another blog, and then finally back to your original blog! So naturally I had to blog about it too. You're famous! Keep up the mustached cake trend and do a Sam Elliot one. ;)

kale for sale said...

You are an artist! This is hysterical. I found note of this cake looking up mesclun mix salad greens and had to come over to find out the story. What a great friend you are. Do you think you could do a cake with Brad Pitt?

doodge said...

Your cake is awesome, and I love his hairy icing chest...SO funny!

Yarni Gras! said...

OMgosh.......a TOM SELLECK cake? I'd be in heaven too.....

bookwormbethie said...

Hello, I stumbled upon your site from the Sublime Stitching blog. I <3 Tom Selleck and hope you don't mind that I posted a link to your cake pic from my blog. The cake is fab!!!

Tea said...

that is pretty much the manliest cake ever

bravo!

Mike Caracappa said...

I get the chin. :)

AlisonH said...

Wow. I'm still trying to wrap my mind around the idea that I could recognize a face--and I did--made in icing on a cake. Well done!

Ocarina said...

I saw your cake on the Cake Wrecks blog - it's brilliant! I want a Tom Selleck cake :)

ERROR_IDIOT_ said...

If only you were within driving distance, I would pay you to make this cake for a co-worker!

treehousejukebox said...

This totally cracked me up! =)

tsfan said...

a friend sent moi the link to your cake on a month after I turned a year older.. I loved it!! Perfect in every way!! If I lived closer I'd have you make moi THIS cake every month!!

Kati said...

This is the best cake ever.

Wandering Coyote said...

I came here via Cakespy.

Man, this is genius!

I couldn't get this image out of my mind all day, and I hope you don't mind but I had to post about it. Here.

Jamie said...

Oh my! That is the coolest thing I have seen in a long time.

Falenes said...

ummm, "manly" perhaps, and not meaning to burst anyone's fantasy bubble here, but Tom Selleck . . . he's gay.

Amber said...

I just came across this today, I can't even remember how or where (no, I wasn't searching for Tom Selleck in google, haha). But it made my day! You're definitely being too hard on yourself, it looks great, and such a great gesture for your friend's birthday :)

Thanks for sharing!

rainylakechick said...

Some chest hair cures cancer.

Anonymous said...

This is still one of the best things I have ever seen on the internet.

Melassa said...

Hehehe I saw your cake on Cake Wrecks, and I have to say, that is one cake I think is utterly awesome! The fact that you were able to do such a good illustration of Tom Selleck in icing is something you should be commended on! And I for one think the chest-hair is cute. XD I'm only barely old enough to remember magnum pi, but I'd STILL be tickled pink to get this for a bday! hahaha

britishcowgirl said...

So linking this to my next post. This is fantastic! I fancy him too and you madame are the cake genius. Oh how I wish you were my friend!

Leanna said...

Best birthday cake ever! You really are an artist. Plus, it gave all the ladies in my family a giggle...we all have mad Tom Selleck crushes (young and old).

Anonymous said...

I can forgive all else wrong with this cake because I KNEW it was Selleck when I saw it. It's hard to do a portrait that either looks nothing like the person or is too creepy to eat. Congrats!

Strangely, my husband wants me to recreate this for his birthday. I think we need to have a talk...

Misty said...

Someone posted this on Theo Chocolate. I saved the pictures and *must* make this for my husband's birthday. He is convinced that Tom Selleck is "THE MAN" (yes, in all caps)! What a wonderful idea!!

bemis said...

Just found this through a random google image search for "sad cake"... don't know why anyone would tag this as a sad, seems like win to me... amazing work!

PEACHES said...

Can we talk about this? OMG, how have I not seen this? How much time have I wasted googling the inter webs over the last three years...all that time I could have been making Tom Selleck cake. Damn.