I have an order for a 12x18 sheet cake for a housewarming using an Italian/Tuscan theme.
Any creative suggestions/ideas? I'm not coming up with much at the moment.
When I hear Tuscany, I think warm colors (yellows, oranges, etc), big green grape leaves and grape clusters. I'm anxious to read what others suggest! HTH
Terrific theme! Definitely the colors--I would try to blend some colors, either not completely blend your buttercream or do a sponge technique on fondant. Warm, rich colors--terra cotta types--yellow, gold, deep red. Grapes, a small wine bottle. Sunflowers? Florence is also part of Tuscany so do they want more of a landscape theme or popular areas?
It's been ordered by a church for a house-warming for their pastor, so they asked that I stay away from the wine bottles. Their house is going to be decorated in an Italian/Tuscan theme, so they wanted to continue that theme onto the cake.
Great suggestions so far, thanks!!
a basket on top of the sheet cake overflowing with grapes, big loaf of bread and hunk of cheese ( made with gumpaste/fondant)
How about making the cake look like a table. Drape the table with a orangy/yellowy/gold fondant table cloth. Make a fondant urn of green, purple and red grapes, or all purple or whatever colors for a centerpiece. You could easily set the table by making little gumpaste plates, saucers and bowls or whatever. I love this theme! My house is Tuscan!
Thanks again, everyone. All wonderful ideas!!
Great link.......I did get some wonderful ideas.
don't know if this to late but i have my dining room decorated in tuscan Type in touch of class catalog and you will alot of ideas.
There are also nice banners with saying's on them. and alot of vining leaves leaf's you could make pretzel like bread sticks with seeds on them, maybe you could make a case that looks like a tray, of different items on it,
i can send a pic of my dining room and kitchen but i don't know if it will go through because it's not a cake, try the catalog it will really help you
Don't forget the Sunflowers! Lots of of them in the Tuscan hills of Italy. Along with the red poppies!!! Can't wait to see what you finally produce with all of these ideas!
Oh, I know. I was dreading this cake at first, but am excited now with all of these great suggestions. I did think of Sunflowers and vines, but the poppies are great too, hadn't even thought of that.
I sooo want to add a wine bottle I'm going to be looking for another excuse to do a Tuscan cake so I can put a wine bottle.
I know it's for a pastor but I don't see why you can't put a wine bottle, it's not like it's real or he has to drink, it, it's just a decorative item
IMO you can't say Tuscan without cheese, bread, sunflowers, fruit and wine!
Instead of a wine bottle, how about a bottle of imported olive oil?
This is my favorite Tuscan inspired cake. Maybe you could adapt it to a sheetcake for your needs: http://cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=56749
I made this one for a priest - it was an Italian theme http://cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1209442
Thanks for posting the pics of the gorgeous cakes....those ideas could very easily be transferred to a sheet cake.
Miny, I personally don't have a problem putting a wine bottle on the cake, but the customer is the one that requested that I leave it off. Wine vineyards are such a large part of the Tuscan feel ~ I'm not sure why they would choose that theme and not include it, but that's what the customer wants, so that's what I'll do.
Ooohhh, I thought you were going for the politically correct thing here, but you are right, when the customer wants it (or in this case don't) we can't say anything post your pic when done please ......and happy caking!