Monthly Office Birthday Ideas

Decorating By pjaycakes Updated 28 Mar 2008 , 3:28pm by pjaycakes

pjaycakes Posted 25 Mar 2008 , 12:56pm
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I have been asked to make cakes every month for a friend's office. She works at a school and the cake is to celebrate the teacher's and office workers birthdays.

The problem is she never wants anything fancy (or should I say doesn't want to pay for anything fancy). How many times can you do the same bc flowers Happy Birthday sheet cake. I try to do some decorations in fondant, but of course I don't want to put too much time into them since I'm not getting paid for anything but a plain birthday sheet cake.

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Doug Posted 25 Mar 2008 , 1:16pm
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speaking as a teacher....

cupcake cakes!!!

1) fast and easy to grab one portion -- knife? what knife? guess they're afraid we'll either attack the children or commit suicide on the "bad" days ----

2) can arrange into all kinds of "shapes" and then deco
examples -- an apple (trite) "happy b-day to the best fruits around!" (ooo that'll get you a laugh or two)
a chalk board
a book
an inchworm (symbol for lots of reading campaigns)
a tree
etc.

pjaycakes Posted 25 Mar 2008 , 4:55pm
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Thanks for all the suggestions. Sometimes it takes someone else to help spark my creativity.

KHalstead Posted 25 Mar 2008 , 8:16pm
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here is one I did for my mom's monthly birthdays for her office.......took me about 5 minutes to decorate!! I know the scroll work is horrible but I was just playin
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pjaycakes Posted 25 Mar 2008 , 8:33pm
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Very nice cake. I love your writing. I have to use the kopykake projector to get my writing as half as good as that. icon_smile.gif

pottedmeatchunks Posted 26 Mar 2008 , 1:48pm
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I do my office birthday cakes decorated for whatever season it is. snowmen or snowflakes in winter time, fall flowers or spring flowers, even the colors can match the season. Just an idea to spice it up a little. BC flower covered cakes are actually my favorite but I think I'm unusual here haha.

indydebi Posted 26 Mar 2008 , 3:13pm
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Originally Posted by pottedmeatchunks

I do my office birthday cakes decorated for whatever season it is. snowmen or snowflakes in winter time, fall flowers or spring flowers, even the colors can match the season. Just an idea to spice it up a little. BC flower covered cakes are actually my favorite but I think I'm unusual here haha.




Agree with all of this ... even the BC flowers! icon_lol.gif

I used to do the office birthday cakes where I worked ..... I did a theme a month. The pics of the sheets are in my gallery, mostly on pages 2 and 3.

pastrylady Posted 28 Mar 2008 , 3:17pm
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Originally Posted by pjaycakes

How many times can you do the same bc flowers Happy Birthday sheet cake.




As many times as they're willing to pay for it. I kind of like orders like this because it's steady money coming in for no thought or stress. You can produce these without thinking twice and, since it's always on your schedule, you can plan to bake them when you're baking for another order so it streamlines your cake production.

What you can also do is use these cakes as an opportunity to try techniques or new recipes you'd like to work on. If you have a pending order with a detail that you need to practice, practice on the teacher cake. This way they sometimes get a "fancy" cake without paying extra, and you get to practice without wasting ingredients.

pjaycakes Posted 28 Mar 2008 , 3:28pm
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That is a great way of looking at it. I do sometimes try new things on cakes when people give me creative freedom icon_wink.gif thanks for the positive outlook.

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