So, I have a bride who is having a night wedding (hors d'oevres, cocktails, dessert). Both her and fiance love Dairy Queen ice cream cake and want to have that as their wedding cake. Her question was if I could decorate it to look like a wedding cake. Her plan is 2 DQ cakes(12' & 8'), stacked and then decorated in her colours of black and white. Is this even possible? I keep thinking of how you would decorate it without it melting as you are doing it and what would you even use? Fondant would go gummy from the moisture and I would think black buttercream would either slip off or bleed? Has anyone done this?
I would never, ever in a million years decorate someone else's cake. Too much liability. You do not know how it's been handled, and then your name is on it.
I don't really understand why they would want ice cream cake, as they wouldn't be able to display it as a wedding cake. Most wedding cakes are standing on their stand for a few hours before being served! Part of the pride of making wedding cakes is knowing how many people admire it on it's own table, but an ice cream cake would have to live in the freezer and would only be seen for a moment!
If I had this kind of request I would suggest that they order a real cake from you (either real cake or cake dummies) and purchase some Dairy Queen sheet cakes to keep in the kitchen for serving!
I'm with leah - what if someone takes a bite & gets a piece of plastic, glass, etc??? It could be DQ's fault, but all they have to say is "It was in the frosting" and there goes your reputation - not to mention a lawsuit as well.
If you do decide to do it. Maye you can tint chocolate ice cream with black and then decorate the cake like regular buttercream.
Or you could use edible images. Like, print out black flower (or watever shape), cut them out and place them wherever. The piped edges and flowers can be done by the DQ decorator.
It would be helpful if you go to DQ and ask them for tips. Or you can just tell the bride to do it herself and have the whole cake done at DQ by them. They tint ice cream (including black) the pipe decorations and apply edible images. I don't think they stack but I'm sure if she asks for it, they will.
Thanks everyone. I was thinking about this all weekend and wasn't really comfortable with working on a cake that I didn't make...plus the fact that it would be icecream.
Thanks for the reassurance of my first gut instinct to tell her no. Thanks!
For future reference the local DQ's use Dixies whipped frosting to decorate their cakes. She makes one especially for that purpose. Check out her web site.