My Willie Nelson Experience

I’m really fortunate to live in a city like Nashville, TN. I’ve had the honor & pleasure of meeting and working with quite a few musicians and celebrities that live around here. What a perk!

Around this time last year, I was contacted by CMT to design and create a birthday cake for the one & only Willie Nelson. Being birthed and raised in Texas, there was no way I was NOT going to make a cake for the Red-Headed Stranger! It was explained to me that the cake would be presented to him during CMT’s Hot 20 Countdown show on CMT as a celebration of his 80th birthday so it had to “stand out” for television.

I had seen Natalie Sideserf’s Willie Nelson cake (Hi Natalie!) and it is just so awesome! And even though cake sculpture is a part of my repertoire, I didn’t want to copy her work. I paint on cakes all the time – that’s one of the techniques I’m known for around here – and that’s what I envisioned for this cake. I did take some inspiration from a cake made by The White Flower Cake Shoppe and designed the cake based on a particular black & white photograph of Willie and added the iconic red bandana for contrast.

Here’s a video I created (with the help of my husband) about that experience:

Peace, love & cake!

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SugarMagicCakes (Christine) ...

Amazing experience for you Renay! The cake was fantastic and congratulations on such a success! Youre right, that is why we become cakers xx Thanks for sharing your experience with us, it was lovely to see and great video btw :-)

chefsam ...

Awesome! Well done! It’s brilliant!

Marlene - CakeHeaven ...

Wow, what an amazing experience, Renay!!!! The cake was amazing, no wonder Willie Nelson loved it so much!!! Great job!!! Thanks for sharing!

Star Cakes ...

Congratulations! The cake is fabulous!

Goreti ...

Amazing cake! Thanks for sharing your experience with us.

Allways Julez ...

Experience of a lifetime!… thanks for sharing!

You've Been Cupcaked ...

wow! that is AWESOME! congratulations!!! :D

Gulnaz Mitchell ...

Wow, Renay! I can’t find words, just AMAZING cake and amazing experience! So jealous, of course, in good way!

Elli Warren ...

What an amazing experience!! The cake was fantastic!! Great video, congratulations!! :-) x

Jenniffer White ...

Wow, Renay, what an amazing experience, and the cake is absolutely fabulous! I’m not looking for details, but please tell me that CMT did pay you for this incredible cake.

Lisa Salerno ...

How fantastic and your cake is amazing !

Ana Remígio - CUPCAKES & DREAMS Portugal ...

Amazing experience for you Renay!!!! The cake was Fanta!!stic and congratulations on such a success!!!! xxx

Renay Zamora ...

Thanks for taking the time to read this and check out the video!
Jennifer, yes they did pay me but I took a cut on it because of the visibility I knew I would get from it.
To be honest, for Willie, I would have done it for free. But don’t tell anybody I said that ;)

Mel_SugarandSpiceCakes ...

Awesome cake for an awesome man…my husband and I love Willie Nelson and its on our bucket list to come to Nashville and to see a concert…we live in New Zealand and not many Country artists come here…. Alan Jackson is another and Brad Paisley… thank you for sharing…

Renay Zamora ...

Mel, if you make it over here, let me know! You’d love Nashville!!!