I planned this cake for months! I was really excited for the opportunity to make it. When my Mother-in-law came to me and asked me to make my nephew's cake, I was flattered. I love making cakes but this was an opportunity to really do something fun! I pondered what I could do to set this cake apart from your average graduation cake and it hit me like a ton of bricks. A RATTLER cake!!! I took to google to find the perfect "pattern" for a cake. Not a literal pattern, but at least an idea of how I should attempt something like this. Here is the site I found.
My first step was to mold the head of the snake and the rattler. I brought up google images of a rattlesnake head and it's rattler and molded it based on the pictures I saw. The rattler needed to be purple because those are the school colors.
I let these dry for several days. To get that neat texture for the scales, I used a netting I picked up at the grocery store. The next step was to make my cake and carve and cover each layer. I also had to texture each of those.
I got to the top layer and built up the neck so that I could attach the head.
Several days before I had worked on a graduation hat and tassle. Those had been drying, so the next day I added them, and some diamonds. This was a diamond back rattler, afterall.
I was really proud of this cake, and my nephew loved it. I'm waiting on a picture of him eating the head of the rattler...but, it hasn't made it on Facebook yet. ;-)