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The Empty Tomb by pandakuten The Empty Tomb by pandakuten
This did not come out nearly as nicely as I had planned. Whenever I make cakes for church, I make too much, because surprisingly, few people want mouthfuls of buttercream icing at 10:30 in the morning. So, through trial and error, I've learned to mitigate my servings. Thus, with the size of the figures (all painstakingly hand-modeled) , they really would have worked much better on a larger cake, but, you do what you have to do.

It's supposed to be this combination of Golgotha and Joseph of Arimathea's tomb, but I didn't convey that as well as I'd have liked. The day after I finished the carving, I was watching the History Channel, where they were trying to figure out exactly where Jesus had been buried. So this guy comes on, and says, "Well, such and such place can't be it, because it's not going to look like any sort of natural rock formation or cave. Joseph of Arimathea was a rich man, and so his tomb would have looked much more deliberate and ornate." Also, my crucifixion area doesn't look much like a skull to me. Lessons learned, points for effort.

What else, what else, what else? Oh, yeah. My foliage leaves much to be desired, because I didn't put enough piping gel in the green before doing the vines, and, since I was finishing this up at church, I realized I'd neglected to bring any appropriate tips for flower-making, so please ignore my crappy star-tip flowers. Additionally, someone ate the sheep, and I was sad.

As par the course, everything is "edible" (not that you'd call Wilton fondant edible, if you've ever actually tried to eat it, but you can ingest it, and it won't kill you), except for the wooden supports.

EDIT: I recategorized this to participate in The Crafted Eastertide contest. Not really expecting anything of it, especially because so many people don't like religious things, but here's to hoping.

I give my permission to :iconsweetclub: to submit this art to their gallery
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sonic-fan-126 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
WOW!! This looks incredible! And I think you did a great job on this cake! Nice job! ^_^
jimandpam Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
People were probably also hesitant to eat Jesus's head, weird I know.
StreaksPsyche Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2008

You're a true artist.
cherokeerose2132 Featured By Owner May 2, 2008
interesting cake good job with figures
try marshmello fondant it taste much better
pandakuten Featured By Owner May 2, 2008
I can't eat marshmallows, as I don't eat gelatin, and using marshmallow cream doesn't yield good results for figure modeling without the emulsifiers.
Neoconvoy Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2008  Student General Artist
Is nice to see some religious art here!

good luck in the contest!
nintendo-goddess Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2008
It's beautiful! (I think that's why I wouldn't want to eat it) I love the detail on them.
Usara Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2008
How does Jesus taste like?
pandakuten Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2008
Like Wilton rolled fondant (which tastes bad to the extent that I disagree that it's edible).
aducknamedhope Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2008   Digital Artist
I think that maybe a good thing, since I'd feet bad eating him anyway >>
kentaropjj Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2008  Student Digital Artist
Really awesome! Jesus is the best!
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Submitted on
March 23, 2008
Image Size
907 KB


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FinePix Z3
Shutter Speed
1/64 second
Focal Length
6 mm
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Date Taken
Mar 23, 2008, 8:25:25 AM