Light On Dark Or Dark On Light?

Decorating By Cakepro Updated 20 Apr 2009 , 8:11pm by Cakepro

Cakepro Posted 16 Apr 2009 , 1:38pm
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I don't know why I am having such a hard time wrapping my mind around this.

Bride wants a 6" offset square on top of a 9x13". Bottom tier is all scrollwork and top tier is offset dots, pearl border, and pearl-edged bow. Top tier is to look like a package. She wants two shades of ivory on the brown side, not yellow side.

What's better ~ a lighter ivory cake with darker ivory scrolls, dots, and bow, or a darker ivory cake with lighter ivory scrolls, dots, and bows?

I'm thinking dark on light, but wanted some feedback before committing to the color scheme by making the bow here shortly.

Thanks cake-buddies! icon_smile.gif

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txsteph Posted 16 Apr 2009 , 2:01pm
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I like dark on light.

Doug Posted 16 Apr 2009 , 2:04pm
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light on dark like the a cameo brooch

example
http://www.braithwaitesjewellers.com/acatalog/cz95.jpg

katta87_2005 Posted 16 Apr 2009 , 3:34pm
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I think the dark on light would look really elegant.

all4cake Posted 16 Apr 2009 , 3:40pm
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light on dark

melhoneybee Posted 16 Apr 2009 , 3:42pm
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I think Light on dark would look lovely (no that either wouldn't!) hehe.

RebekahR Posted 16 Apr 2009 , 3:49pm
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Either would look really nice, but I think light on dark would make your details "pop" more.

all4cake Posted 16 Apr 2009 , 3:55pm
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ah ha! what if you do the bottom tier the darker icing with lighter scrolls and the offset tier the lighter color with darker dots and the bow, darker ivory with lighter ivory pearl edging????

alewop Posted 16 Apr 2009 , 4:43pm
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I like all4cake's idea of doing light on dark on the bottom teir and dark on light on the top teir. I think dark on light should be on top b/c that naturally where your eyes look first on a cake and you need that elegant wedding look of the lighter teir... good luck! icon_smile.gif

xstitcher Posted 18 Apr 2009 , 4:32am
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Originally Posted by Cakepro

~ a lighter ivory cake with darker ivory scrolls, dots, and bow

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MrsMabe Posted 19 Apr 2009 , 6:05pm
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Originally Posted by alewop

I like all4cake's idea of doing light on dark on the bottom teir and dark on light on the top teir. I think dark on light should be on top b/c that naturally where your eyes look first on a cake and you need that elegant wedding look of the lighter teir... good luck! icon_smile.gif




I agree with this. Either all dark on light or both with the dark on light cake on top.

Cakepro Posted 19 Apr 2009 , 6:44pm
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Thanks for all of the ideas! I really mulled over everyone's responses but the colors on the cake ended up being totally different than I envisioned. I used a couple of different shades of ivory fondant, but the application of super pearl and CK's Antique Silk luster dust further provided different shading, as well as a combination of Pearl Sheen and Gold Sheen airbrush colors by Americolors airbrushed over different parts of the cake. It's too bad the photo doesn't catch all of the lovely shades of sparkle on this cake! Overall, I loved it and most importantly, the person who ordered it was extremely pleased. icon_smile.gif

Here's the link to the cake: http://www.cakecentral.com/cake-photo_1349705.html

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xstitcher Posted 19 Apr 2009 , 7:26pm
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It looks amazing Sherri!

Cakepro Posted 20 Apr 2009 , 2:20am
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Thank you, Parm! icon_smile.gif

floridagal Posted 20 Apr 2009 , 2:36am
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That is one BEAUTIFUL cake! You did an excellent job. thumbs_up.gif

Melissa

IcedTea4Me2 Posted 20 Apr 2009 , 2:45am
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That is one beautiful cake! If you don't mind me asking, how did you achieve that look on your board?

Lisa

BTW, your bow is perfection.

Cakepro Posted 20 Apr 2009 , 8:11pm
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Thanks for the kind words! icon_smile.gif


The instructions for the board are found here: http://www.cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1343909

I just use the JEM silk veining tool (this one: http://www.globalsugarart.com/product.php?id=18206 ) and rock it back and forth a bit to bunch up the fondant. You can use a slender paintbrush handle to do this as well, but I really like the veining impressions that are left which give it much more of a stretched fabric look.

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