When I've watched one too many episodes of Ace of Cakes on the Food Network, I get these ideas in my head . . .
My husband Shawn's birthday cake this year was made with a Fallout 3 video game theme. It's in the shape of a bomb shelter, complete with marzipan Vault Boy, Vault-Tec sign, rivets, and rocks; and graham cracker crumb dirt.
This is a close-up of Vault Boy. He's holding a blaster gun, which has the candle's wick sticking out of the barrel.
Hand-painting and aging the plaque with food coloring was my favorite part! Getting the white frosting dyed grey was my least favorite part.
The frosting is actually whipped heavy cream, and I made the masquerade mask and bowling set out of marzipan.