Help Me Figure This Out???

Decorating By CakeInfatuation Updated 2 Nov 2008 , 1:11pm by cylstrial

CakeInfatuation Posted 27 Oct 2008 , 1:34pm
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I'm making a 1st Birthday Cake as a gift for my nephew's Birthday.

He was born November 3rd and his party is November 1st. Thought I'd do a seasonal cake as he's right between Halloween and Thanksgiving.

The banner will read "Happy 1st Birthday Punkin'"

I'd like to do a 9" round layer cake with a pumpkin cake topper. I'm thinking that I'd like to sculpt a baby sitting in a pumpkin on the top and have it double as the smash cake.

Can't find anything online or in the gallery that is similar to what I'd like to do. I'm looking for ideas on the best way to accomplish this.

I think I saw mini bundt cake pans at AC Moore. If I made the top pumpkin out of 2 mini bundt cakes and then put them together could I stick the baby in that and have it look like a pumpkin and be stable enough to stand a 45 minute drive and being removed from the cake to be placed in front of baby?

Also... was thinking WASC but due to allergies no Almond. Can any recommend a good icing for this (flavored) that isn't traditional buttercream? I've had more than enough buttercream and can't stand the thought of one more bite! ha ha

Would an icing that has pumpkin puree be good with WASC minus the A? Please share any ideas or suggestions that would make this cake memorable.

My husband suggested fall leaves (out of gum paste) scattered around and maybe writing Gabe's name in the ivy coming off the pumpkin? How would you decorate the bottom cake to tie it together?

Color ideas for the bottom cake?

Thanks in advance!

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ski Posted 27 Oct 2008 , 3:35pm
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Your sketch is cute, run with the mini pumpkin idea, I would just use fondant with extra tylose for quick drying time. As for your figurine in the middle don't trans port with it attach it when you get there. you can use SMBC just like BC and it works great under fondant, I have made 3 cakes now with it . It taste fantastic and no BC! You can actually flavor it with almost anything so you don't need to use almond same with your cake, no need for almond, just use vanilla or any othe flavoring.

jillmakescakes Posted 27 Oct 2008 , 4:00pm
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if you haven't been to this site, check it out Its hilarious!!!

Anyway, this is a cake that they had posted as a great cake. It seems to fit with your sketch, which is a great idea, by the way.

to credit the original designer from the photo, its Highland Bakery in atlanta

CakeInfatuation Posted 27 Oct 2008 , 4:23pm
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OH WOW!!! That is incredibly AWESOME! I wish I knew how to airbrush! My mind is racing with ideas though!

cylstrial Posted 28 Oct 2008 , 1:35am
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I really like the design that you came up with Shill.

If you are concerned about the little pumpkin falling off, you could always sharpen a dowel rod and push it thru the mini pumpkin and the cake. The little person can cover up the hole made by the dowel rod when you get there. I always do that... even for a 10 minute drive.

I also love the picture posted by Jillmakescakes. That photo is amazing. =o)

Goodluck with the b-day cake!

CakeInfatuation Posted 29 Oct 2008 , 10:29pm
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Here's the link to the baby. He and the leaves are finished. For some reason the color seems really washed out to me but it looks better in real life.

I decided that the bottom cake will be a bushel of leaves with the pumpkin and baby sitting inside.

CakeInfatuation Posted 31 Oct 2008 , 11:26am
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alcotth Posted 31 Oct 2008 , 5:44pm
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Wow... This cake is amazing! If you don't airbrush... how did you color the leaves so perfectly if you don't mind my asking??

CakeInfatuation Posted 1 Nov 2008 , 1:22am
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When coloring the leaves I dye the gum paste a base color then add in the accent colors I want and mix slightly so they are still swirly and not well mixed. Then when you roll it out, you get a really nice natural look. I dusted the leaves with pearl dust to give them a little more life.

rezzygirl Posted 1 Nov 2008 , 2:20am
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Your cake is beautiful! I love the colors! Everything looks so real!!

Michelle104 Posted 2 Nov 2008 , 1:44am
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Shill! I LOVE your cake! Such a sweet idea and fabulous execution!! Thanks for sharing! icon_lol.gif

cylstrial Posted 2 Nov 2008 , 1:11pm
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Your cake turned out GREAT!! The facial features are extraordinary!! Awesome Job!!

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