So the birthday kid really likes A1 Steak Sauce. I mentioned I could make that into a cake for his birthday. He said that was a great idea. So I did.
I started with a 12x18 sheet cake and cut it in half length-wise. Then I stacked the two pieces. The actual bottle, laid down, is as tall as it is wide. Since that would be too much cake, I decided to decorate it as if it were just half of the bottle coming out of the board. It worked. I only had to carve out the neck. A1 was very nice in their package design. Square products make easy cakes. Here is a picture of the cake after I carved it and coated it with buttercream.
After the buttercream was in the fridge for a couple of hours, I did the first layer of fondant. I used Satin Ice dark chocolate fondant. I think the color really matched well with the bottle. The dark chocolate fondant tastes a bit like a Tootsie Roll.
After that, I measured and cut out some white fondant to be the paper labels and the cap.
For the big A1 letters, I printed out the logo to the right size and used that as a template. My helper cut the letters out of red fondant and the blue medallion out of blue fondant. The white lettering on top is just piped royal icing. I had some fun marking the "Net WT" part. I weight the cake with a kitchen scale. Hehe. To make the gold border, I mixed some yellow color powder with brown color powder and gold pearl dust. I blended that all with some orange extract and it made a nice paint. We matched the color of the bottle and just used a paint brush that I keep only for sugar work.
I made the bottle shiny by painting the exposed chocolate fondant with a light coat of water. A tiny bit of water brushed on to fondant will make it shiny. Be careful when trying this because it also makes fondant very sticky.