I'm making a 50th birthday cake for a man that I know. His wife wants me to make a small round chocolate cake with chocolate icing. I think I am going to make a double-layer 10-inch (I figure it's better to make it too big than too small).
I took my first cake decorating course about a year ago but it's not really like I've been decorating for a year because I only get time to make cakes every once in a while so I'm still pretty inexperienced. I want to try to make something elegant, but that is not too difficult. Any suggestions?
I'm thinking of incorporating some gold as I've noticed that kind of goes with the 50th birthday thing. What do you think is the best way to make gold on a cake? Do you think it is better to colour piping gel with luster dust or to make chocolate scrolls and paint them with luster dust? (I don't know how to use gumpaste)
Another thing I was wondering about is possibly making a crown out of royal icing. I've seen some really nice tiaras made out of royal icing. Do you think it would be possible to make a crown (a man's crown?) or do you think that might be too complicated?
Thanks for your time and any help you can give me!
I would go with a metallic gold Highlighter dust - Silver or Gold metallic - produces a metallic solid color. A 'must' to have in your tool kit! Mix with lemon extract or alcohol to paint with, add a drop of vegetable oil or piping gel for writing or emblems, can also be brushed on dry. A non-toxic metallic powder containing metals. Perfect for that high shine metallic look on non-edible decorations. Sugarcraft.com has it. How about make a 50 as a topper out of fondant and brush it with the highlighter dust? A cake covered in chocolate fondant with a topper would be simple and elegant. You could trim the botton of the cake with a gold ribbon. Simple, elegant, and not too difficult.
I've never done a royal icing crown but there is tutorial here under articles and it seems simple.
Take a look at the galleries here under birthday cakes and you'll see some that look more "manly". You might also try searching for 50th bday. Have fun with it!
i made a cake that looked like an old lady for my grandpas birthday. they took the pic off the website because my face was in it... but yea it was really cute.