Vegas Sign Cake

My aunt asked me to make this one.  One of her coworkers was getting married in Las Vegas and so she and other coworkers threw a party for her before she left.  Her idea was to make a cake to look like the “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign.

To start with, I found a nice high resolution photo of the real sign and had a friend print it out on 11×17 paper.  This was to be my template for the sign and the lettering.  I started out with two 12×18 cakes.  I used buttercream between the layers and carved it to scale based on the template.

Then I covered it with yellow fondant followed by a piece of white fondant that I cut to size.  To do the lettering, I used that printed template from earlier.  I used a peice of parchment paper as tracing paper.  I traced the outlines of each letter.  Then I rolled out some colored fondant and, using a sharp and pointed shaping tool, I traced over the outlines from the parchment paper placed over the fondant.  This gave me a slight impression on the fondant that I used to cut out each letter.  I ended up with this:

For the “Welcome” part, I baked some sugar cookies.  I made the whole wheat sugar cookies because I was out of regular flour.  I iced them with royal icing and then added the “Welcome” letters.  For the cookies near the outside, there is some floral wire holding them up.  For the lights surrounding the sign, I colored some buttercream to match the yellow fondant and, using a small star tip, I put a dab at 1-inch intervals around the sign.  Then I put a silver dragee on to each star tipped dab.  Here are some photos of the final cake:

10 Comments so far

  1. Tara on May 8th, 2009

    Love it!

  2. Tanisha on August 22nd, 2009

    Love it. The best one i have seen online. Was wondering how much does it serve? About 60?

  3. Tracy on August 22nd, 2009

    With the pans I used, according to Wilton’s web site, it could serve 72. However, I cut off the corners of the cake to get the shape. So I would guesst that this cake could serve about 45.

  4. Heather Elizabeth on February 1st, 2010

    Tracy; I love this!! It’s awesome. You did such a great job. I’m really jealous. Did I tell you before I got sick, I made some fabulous cupcakes!

  5. Mary on January 11th, 2011

    I LOVE this cake and really want to try make this for my 30th birthday. Only problem I have is I don’t bake ha ha is there any chance you could e mail me the ingredients and method you used? Please, Mary

  6. Tracy on January 4th, 2012

    Mary, it’s just Duncan Hines cake mix and premade fondant from Satin Ice.

  7. karin on June 28th, 2012

    Thank you for being SO generous with the step-by-step. How big in diameter were the sugar cookies?

  8. Tracy on July 12th, 2012

    Karen, I just used a biscuit cutter to cut out the cookies. I don’t exactly remember the diameter. If I were to guess, I would say 1.5″ Maybe 2″.

  9. Beth on August 3rd, 2012

    Tracy
    Just love how your cake turned out! can you explain how the floral wire is holding up the end cookies? I’m confused on that one? Again GREAT cake!

  10. Tracy on August 4th, 2012

    Beth,
    I bent the floral wire into a U shape and then bent the U into at a right angle to the U, making a little sort of table or maybe a tongue shape. The cookies just sat on that. I think I used a touch of royal icing to mildy glue them into place.

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