My Niece Wants A Heart Shaped Wedding Cake, What?

Decorating By ranbel Updated 21 Jan 2009 , 3:04am by subaru

ranbel Posted 20 Jan 2009 , 2:56am
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Ok, I know heart are so out dated, but this is what she wants. I have tried to get her to go with design, but she is stuck on hearts...

This is what she has picked out... 4 tiers 12/10/8/6, white fondant with red fondant heart cut outs cascading down the side or front, not sure.
Then black leaves incorporated within the hearts. And, she also likes the cornelli lace.

She see a cake on the front of a magazine that was square with with this design...god only knows how it made it on the cover of a magazine, it was not very pretty to me at all. My question is: the hearts cascading down the side of a heart shaped cake, will not have the same look as a square cake.

I wish I had a picture to upload, but I don't. I want her to have what she wants, but I'm not sure a heart shaped cake with fondant hearts down the side will look that good.

Please tell me what you think. Thanks a mil

31 replies
2508s42 Posted 20 Jan 2009 , 3:03am
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I think it is not your wedding. Let the girl have what she wants.

If you absolutely hate it, show her a sketch of what it would look like, then politely suggest squares or whatever shape you think. Remember though, ultimately it is HER wedding cake.

SweetHeather Posted 20 Jan 2009 , 3:09am
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I would make a few copies of sketches of heart cakes stacked on top of each other and let her play around with drawing where the fondant hearts will go. Maybe she will change her mind. Black leaves? with hearts? I don't understand that one!!

Rose_N_Crantz Posted 20 Jan 2009 , 3:16am
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Eh, it's the whole black and white fad. I'm just confused about "hearts cascading down the sides". I'm not sure how that's going to look. The only thing I can think of is that melting clocks painting. Isn't there some kind of flower that looks kinda like a heart? No, I'm not thinking of the bleeding hearts flower. I thought there was another, maybe she would like sprays of that on the cake. Good luck! Post a pic when it's done, I'm curious as to how this will turn out.

terrig007 Posted 20 Jan 2009 , 3:16am
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You don't have to put the picture in your portfolio but as 2508s42 said it is her day. I am going to a wedding this weekend where the old fountain, tuck and ruffle and staircase cake will be there. Both bride and groom wanted this cake as it was what both parents had as well and I guess they figure since they're both still married, maybe it will be a good sign for them.
Perhaps she may decide she doesn't want this cake in the end but if she does want it, you don't have to put it in your portfolio.
Good luck on it though.

sparklepopz Posted 20 Jan 2009 , 3:19am
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Originally Posted by 2508s42

I think it is not your wedding. Let the girl have what she wants.

If you absolutely hate it, show her a sketch of what it would look like, then politely suggest squares or whatever shape you think. Remember though, ultimately it is HER wedding cake.

Very well said.

Staircases are outdated. Hearts are classic.

ranbel Posted 20 Jan 2009 , 3:20am
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Yes, I know it's her wedding. But, i'm afraid she will be disappointed with the out come. I am ok with the heart shaped cake, it's just the design that bothers me.

As for the hearts and leaves, it's just did not go together to me. I have until April and I have given her this site to view the gallery of cakes.
Plus I told her that it might look to much like a valentine cake. It's kind of hard to describe this cake. sorry.

indydebi Posted 20 Jan 2009 , 3:23am
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I'm with the others ... it's her cake, her wedding, and what we as a decorator thinks is really of no significance. The only time my opinion matters at all is when it pertains to the engineering or the structure of the cake .... whether something will or won't work structurally, or if something is not food safe. Other than that ....... icon_confused.gif

Narie Posted 20 Jan 2009 , 3:29am
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As the others have said, "It's her wedding, her choice." I went looking to see what could be done with the draping hearts and saw this. Wrong colors and sizes but the drape might help to get the hearts intsead of flowers cascading down the side.

Melvira Posted 20 Jan 2009 , 3:30am
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Since when are heart cakes outdated??? Alright... who didn't send me the memo? Hehehe. icon_lol.gif But seriously, I think you can MAKE it pretty! Use your imagination and creativity and go into it with an open mind and heart. Sometimes we convince ourselves that something is ugly, but when we step back and get a little feedback on it, we can look at it and see that it's actually quite pretty.

I have to agree I'm not sure about the leaves though. If anything I'd mention that those seem out of place. The rest of the idea sounds like it could be pretty if done right!

Good luck, I know you'll do something amazing for someone you care about so much!

ranbel Posted 20 Jan 2009 , 3:36am
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Her original design was heart shapped with a cascade of flowers, which sounded pretty....It was going to be white with black ribbon around the base and red roses cacading down...which sounded really beatiful..but, then she came over with this picture of this other design.
So imagine replacing the cascading flowers with fondant cut out hearts...and then black's just kinda of threw me for a loop from the original design to this...
I will definately give her what she wants on her special day, I just don't want her to be disappointed in her cake..which is the centerpoint of the reception...I just love her too much.
As I said I have until, I will give her some other ideas with a heart shaped cake.

fidos_mom Posted 20 Jan 2009 , 3:41am
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I have known for years that I am the odd one BUT... I can see this cake in my head and it looks pretty good especially if the topper goes with this same theme and colors. Kinda of have the hearts sticking out of the cake in various sizes with the black leaves interspersed. Interesting.

Not anything that I would have chosen but I think it at least can be pretty.

Side note: I met with a woman this weekend who was appalled that her daughter wanted a black wedding cake with white butterflies. She just was praying that the daughter would change her mind before she had to explain it to the family. icon_lol.gif

Live and let live on the small things. There are plenty of big things to worry about. icon_biggrin.gif

ranbel Posted 20 Jan 2009 , 3:45am
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The topper on this cake from the magazine was an Initial. She has a porcelin white bride and groom. And originally the flower were going to cascade from the train of the dress. But, now not sure. And yes the cake and fondant heart standing up around the initial. That part looked ok, it was the way the came down the side that wasn't very appealing. Plus that cake had different shade of pink, can't very well do that with is red...

indydebi Posted 20 Jan 2009 , 3:46am
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Originally Posted by ranbel

So imagine replacing the cascading flowers with fondant cut out hearts....

This cake isn't heart shaped and it doesnt' have hearts, but it has white-chocolate shamrocks cascading down the sides. Maybe this can help illustrate a cake without flowers but with a cut-out shape (shamrocks or hearts).

fidos-mom, I'm betting that mother comes from the era where you NEVER wore black to a wedding! But today, black is such the "IN" color for weddings ... dresses, cake decor, etc. She needs to get over it ... and probably most of the family won't be able to figure out what she's "explaining" anyway.

Doug Posted 20 Jan 2009 , 3:50am
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sketch on!

ranbel Posted 20 Jan 2009 , 3:54am
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Thanks Doug. I will work up some designs and let her look at them. That way we can both have an idea of the out come.

Ok, it's almost 11:00, got to get to some zzzz...

Thanks to all of you for your thoughts..I check back in the A.M.

Good Night cc'ers...

terrylee Posted 20 Jan 2009 , 4:06am
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You could do the heart shape cakes like Doug's drawing and put hearts on picks and/or wires and have the hearts kinda floating down with flowers mixed in. I did a small red and pink heart cake. (check in my photos).

-K8memphis Posted 20 Jan 2009 , 4:19am
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I think I'd suggest puffy hearts that are 3-d rather than flat, different sizes as has been mentioned and skinny black ribbon loops to soften the effect.

Leaves on hearts is a bit odd. But it is a play on the cascade but still being black leaves kind of dampens the heartfulness unles they were real small or something.

Black dots amongst the puffy heart cascade would work nice. In fact a few black scrolls would work well in place of leaves.

Red hearts & black thoughts for you--see how careful you gotta be with that black stuff? icon_lol.gif

ranbel Posted 20 Jan 2009 , 12:00pm
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Up and ready to start my day.

Ok, this design was on my mind all night. Did not slleep very well.

But, I also was thinking of having the cascade of flowers with the hearts incorporated as mentioned. And. I also like the black dots and/or scrolls. I think that would look very nice. Also, the touch of black ribbon loops would definately set it off.

Now, got to get on the sketch and do some work. I can make several variations and let her look at it.

I feel the same way about the leaves, they just didn't fit with the hearts alone, but the might look ok with the flowers... we'll see.
Thank you guys for your help.

grama_j Posted 20 Jan 2009 , 12:21pm
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ranbel, is there any way you could make up a few hearts with black leaves to show her how yuky they would go together ? Some people just haave to "see it, touch it" etc.... I think it is the black "leaves" that is throwing the whole thing off...... you could incorporate the balck, but just not LEAVES !

Rexy Posted 20 Jan 2009 , 12:36pm
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I had to make a three tiered stacked heart shaped wedding cake, WITH Carolina blue hearts cascading down! Feel free to check it out under my pics. Tried to talk her out of it, in the end it kinda turned out nice.

ranbel Posted 20 Jan 2009 , 12:41pm
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Thanks rexy, that doesn't look bad at all. And I agree, the black leaves is just an eye sore to me.

I will do several sketches for her to look at. I think she will decide against the black leaves once she sees a picture of it...

imakecakes Posted 20 Jan 2009 , 1:03pm
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Rexy, I like that cake! It's not what I would choose, either, but it's very nice.

I think the hearts would look great with varying shades of red now that I see your different blues. (Although I have to admit when I first saw them they made me say "Blue's clues, blue's clues!" icon_biggrin.gif )

2508s42 Posted 20 Jan 2009 , 3:06pm
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Geez Doug. I think I have a cake crush on you. icon_wink.gif

As for the cake. I think that the white cake/black ribbon red roses sounds pretty. What if you did that design, and mixed some red/white/pink hearts in with the roses. Kinda like you would do with filler flowers? More of accent pieces. I think that would be pretty.

I just have to say.... I HATE bride and groom toppers. I had a bride who brought me a bride and groom TROLL DOLL set. Yuck. Not what I would have done, but it wasn't my cake... and it is NOT in my portfolio. Heh Heh

ranbel Posted 20 Jan 2009 , 3:19pm
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2508s42: I agree with the toppers. She said she is looking for a silver monogram though.
I like the idea of a white cake with black ribbon, that is actually what I am sketching out as we speak. I also, like the roses with heart accents. I think that would look beautiful.
Her wedding colors are white/black/red, so accenting with red & white hearts would probably look great together...

Thanks so much everyone for your I have something to work with...

KHalstead Posted 20 Jan 2009 , 3:32pm
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is she getting married on Valentine's day???? Anyhow, the one with the blue hearts looks really nice!! So maybe her design will look better than you think?? Also......why not make her a mini cake, or just a 6" heart cake designed like she wants and have her see it in person to envision what it would look like?

Also, if you're looking for a cheap homemade is one I made for a recent wedding....I was only charging $10.00 to make it so what do you want? LOL It cost me about $4.00 total to make
I just used aluminum flashing and flat backed jewels from wal-mart and attached them with super glue.......then hot glued some stainless steel wire to the back to act as picks to stick down into the cake so it would stand up nicely. The bride/groom LOVED it and were so thrilled because they couldn't find a jeweled topper for less than $100.00 online and couldn't afford to put flowers on the top for $10.00!

ranbel Posted 20 Jan 2009 , 3:41pm
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I like that monogram, it looks great on that cake. What is aluminum flashing? Don't mean to sound stupid, but I never heard of that.
That looks like something I could definately work with. And the letter is a "C", which sould be very easy to make.... icon_lol.gif

2508s42 Posted 20 Jan 2009 , 6:12pm
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KHalstead... I LOVE that cake. What a great idea to use the flashing!


ranbel Posted 20 Jan 2009 , 7:03pm
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Please do share what flashing is, I have never heard of it.


2508s42 Posted 20 Jan 2009 , 7:08pm
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If I am thinking of the right thing, it is a super then sheet of metal. You buy it at a hardware store like Home Depot. It is thin enough that you can cut it with scissors. I am not sure what they use it for in real life, maybe duct work. It is super super shiny and silver.

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