The brief for this order was to make a Jersey Boys celebration cake with “wow” factor, including lights into the design.

Cake Board

I started with the cake board so it would have time to set before transferring the cake onto it.  This was covered in white fondant and scored to look like wooden floorboards – like a stage.  I then mixed a little vodka with brown food colouring and brushed this mix over the cake board.  I applied a second coat so that some areas were darker than others for an authentic look.


The cake consisted of seven layers of vanilla sponge sandwiched with vanilla buttercream. The bottom tier was a square shape for contrast and covered in blue fondant to match the background of the Jersey Boys logo.  This was printed on icing along with the Jersey Boys and added to the bottom tier.  I added a diamonte effect cake trim, as well as plenty of glitter and stars.

The back of the cake isn’t pictured, but I made some musical notes from black fondant and fixed them to the cake with edible glue.

The top tier featured the message, “Happy 40th Birthday” and the name “MARK” made from fondant.  This was then painted with silver metallic paint and dusted with silver glitter.

Using lights

If you want to add lights to your cake, I ordered some small LED battery-operated lights from Fancy Station on eBay.  I made some old Victorian style theatre stage lights to house the lights to shine up at Mark’s name for added drama.  I know this was not exactly true to the era of the Jersey Boys though!

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