tcturtleshell Posted 20 Mar 2005 , 3:03am
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Hey Friends!!

I need some help on a tropical theme cake. My mom is the boss off a HS lunchroom. All the schools in the parish have a "End of the School Year Party" every year. This years theme is Tropical. I haven't decided the size but it's either going to be 8" or 9" or 10" round. It will be a door prize. I know I will have fun doing this but I can't think of anything to put on it other then pretzel to make palm trees, fish, brown sugar or graham crackers for sand, blue gel for water, I guess I could do shells w/ candy melts. If anyone has a website or pic or ideas please let me know. I am going to be really busy in April!! I'm soooo glad!!!!

Anyway... Please help me out!! Thank you, thank you!!!!
~Tina~

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peg818 Posted 20 Mar 2005 , 12:09pm
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If its for the adults i would do seashells, with some gramcracker sand, and some pearls. If its for the students, i would do more of a beachy type them.

tcturtleshell Posted 20 Mar 2005 , 6:58pm
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Thanks! It's for adults~ Good idea

cindycakes2 Posted 25 Mar 2005 , 11:07am
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I am getting ready to make a "hawaiian" themed cake for a bridal "couples" shower and found a similar design for the following:
The cake will be sheet cake style, bottom third iced like blue stand up wave of ocean water and done in a "U" or cresent shape from side to side of cake. Then I will use crushed vanilla wafers on middle third of cake to make a "beach" running right up to the "Ocean". So, bottom of beach will look curved. Behind that, I am placing green "grass" over the top third of cake, along with building "palm trees" out of short thick pretzel tips and making the plam fronds out of green peppers (which I will place on top of tree trunks right before shower, washed and dried in advance). I plan on putting little nuts under the trees to look like coconuts. I am also having a small "bonfire" made out of thin, small pretzel sticks with orange and red icing for the fire. Plastic Hawaiian girl dancers will be "dancing" around campfire, and there will be a couple surfboards stuck in the "sand" or maybe against the trees. The sides will match which ever part of the cake it is on, blue for ocean part, beige with vanilla wafers for sand part, green for grass part. Plastic Fish will be 'swimming" under the ocean around the side of the cake. Hope this helps give you some ideas.
Good Luck! thumbs_up.gif

tcturtleshell Posted 26 Mar 2005 , 5:25am
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Thanks Cindycakes! That is a very cool idea!!! Please post your pics! I have the pic in my mind but would love to see the finished product!! Sounds like it is going to be a lot of fun too! I'm only making mine 8" or 10" round. It's for a door prize. I want to go wild with it but I don't think I will have enough room. Good luck with your cake! Have lots of fun doing it!

cindycakes2 Posted 26 Mar 2005 , 1:09pm
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Well, I will try to post pics after it is made, shower is in early summer. I have it drawn out right now. I had an idea for your round cake...what if you did the sides to look like the ocean, with fish swimming around, and took the "ocean" just over the top edge of cake, then you could make the entire top of cake be a beach scene or something of that sort. Or, you could have "sufers" in the waves of the ocean, coming up onto the beach where the palm trees would be. Anyway, good luck designing...that's a fun part of the cake decorating process!
Cindycakes

tcturtleshell Posted 27 Mar 2005 , 4:35am
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Your idea was what I was thinking~ I love doing theme cakes!! There so much fun! I did a racetrack cake for an 8 yr old yesterday & today I did an Easter cake for my family. It is in the Wilton 05' yearbook on pg 66. It turned out perfect!!! I will get my pics on here after Easter. I can't wait for everyone to see it! I'm so proud of that one! Eventhough my hands are killing me!! icon_smile.gif

AngelWendy Posted 27 Mar 2005 , 9:29pm
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Well, I recently saw a neat pirate on the beach cake in the galleries that might go over well. That was a sheet cake, though. You could try doing orchids with gumpaste or fondant. You can mold surfboards out of fondant. Maybe something that looks like the cool sea turtles or Nemo-like fish? For something more simple perhaps you could do a big flower lei on top of the cake.

Good luck! icon_smile.gif
~AngelWendy

tcturtleshell Posted 28 Mar 2005 , 5:48am
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Thanks Wendy! Funny how we can come up with ideas for other people but get stuck getting ideas for our own cakes! I just posted ideas to you Chinese cake. too funny~

AngelWendy Posted 28 Mar 2005 , 6:08am

Hehehe! Isn't that always the way? icon_smile.gif Thanks for your help, too!

~AngelWendy

flayvurdfun Posted 28 Mar 2005 , 7:23am

TC! I have lots of ideas but cant put it on paper or cake! Thats another one of my problems... I could probably do cakes I've seen, but to come up with one on my own NOT!!!!!!!!! I can't get it from brain to hand...maybe my brain is only half there??? icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif

tcturtleshell Posted 29 Mar 2005 , 4:09am

Flayvurdfun~ You are so funny!! Thanks for making me laugh when I read your posts! Some advice... just start decorating... when I can't come up with an idea I just starting decorating & then other ideas come to me just like that! I did a race track cake Thurs. & before I knew it I had the fondant out making the race track. Then the whole pic came to me! Just don't try so hard. Let the artist in you come out!!!!!!!!!!!!!! REMEMBER THAT WE ARE ARTISTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

m0use Posted 29 Mar 2005 , 6:08pm

Hey TC~
I found this, it was just posted
http://www.cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=coppermine&file=displayimage&pos=-2401
or go into photo gallery>Birthday Photos>Birthday Cake photos
This could easily be adapted to be non-birthday.

tcturtleshell Posted 30 Mar 2005 , 4:03am

thanks again m0use~

Hey, how do you post a website like you do? I have wanted to do that but don't know how. Thanks~ TC~

m0use Posted 30 Mar 2005 , 2:21pm

It's easy..just copy and paste the address line into the post
1) Highlight the address line of the website that you find.
2) Go up to edit, choose copy (or control key and 'c' key on keyboard)
3) Then in your reply to a post, go up to edit and choose paste (or control key and 'v' key on keyboard)
Jackie has it already set up in the system to make the website address linkable- meaning when you see a website address in a post and it's pink, that means that when you click on it- that particular web site will open up for you
http://www.cakecentral.com/
Hope this helps!

diane Posted 30 Mar 2005 , 4:35pm

cindy and turtle make sure you remember to post pictures. i would love to see them!! icon_lol.gif i know there are lots of ways to do this type of cake and i sure would like to see how both of yours turns out!

tcturtleshell Posted 31 Mar 2005 , 5:54am

I sure will Diane! This cake is for the 27th of April so it will be awhile. I'll have 4 cakes to post around the same time. A wedding cake, groom's cake, bridal shower cake, & the tropical cake!!!! I'm going to be sooooooooooooooooo tired when I get finished with all these cakes!! I think the groom's cake & the tropical cake will be the ones I will enjoy doing!! I'm not so thrilled about the wedding cake~ Maybe after I do a few wedding cakes I will feel better about them. Sorry... I got off the subject!!

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