Help Please!

Decorating By percussiongrrl Updated 10 Aug 2009 , 1:44am by lthiele

percussiongrrl Posted 5 Aug 2009 , 10:52pm
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I have a cake that I'm doing for a friend's daughter, it's due the 10th. The daughter's birthday is a beach theme and they sent me the napkin I attached to base my design off of.

At first, she was wanting a round cake, 2 tiers, and I had my design ready and sketched. Bottom layer - 8in round iced in green with fondant palm leaves and flowers all the way around. Top layer - iced in blue buttercream with either sugar cookie or fondant sail boats standing upright in it. I was SO excited!


My friend emailed today and told me that the daughter changed her mind, she would like a sheet cake instead of a round cake. My design won't work any more and I'm at a loss. I have to start this cake tonight b/c my sister is getting married Saturday, so my Friday and Saturday are shot.

I'm toying with the idea of doing the sheet cake in blue and making an island out of a 6in round set off in one corner, but I have no idea what to do with it. I'm not a very skilled decorator (I have pics in the gallery if you need some idea), but I'm looking for some ideas. I'd appreciate any input or ideas. If you need to know, I really only work with BC and MMF for detail.


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BeeBoos-8599_ Posted 5 Aug 2009 , 11:06pm
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OK, you can easily replicate this design. Just go ahead and make the sheet cake she wants. Cover it in blue then using various colors of fondant make the boats and trees to lay on the cake. You can do the offset round if you want but if she just wants a sheet then give her what she wants. You can make sugar hibiscus to go around the edge as a boarder. If you want some sand around it jsut crush nilla wafers in the food processor and sprinkle it around. I cool idea to make the palm trees is using tootsie rolls. I warm them for just a few seconds in the microwave then roll them out to shape and add the texture. There are some in my photos if you want to see them. Kids love to eat the trees. Let me know if I can be of more help.

kakeladi Posted 5 Aug 2009 , 11:15pm
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I agree - copy the napkin - it's set up perfect for a sheet design.
I would even be tempted to make a frosting sheet pic of the napkin....super easy if you have access to frosting sheet making.

Ruth0209 Posted 5 Aug 2009 , 11:28pm
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I think I'd do the water, sky, sand and sun flat on the cake. I'd make the boats, trees and flowers 3 - D. I'd make a couple of seagulls on wires and stick them into the cake. My Seattle skyline cake had a mix on flat and 3 - D and it worked well.

Rylan Posted 5 Aug 2009 , 11:38pm
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I don't really make sheetcakes but if I were to do it, I'd make a sheetcake and then an sculpte island on the corner. I'd add some nice flowers and sand.

percussiongrrl Posted 9 Aug 2009 , 8:25pm
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Here is what I ended up doing for the sheet is a half and half 10x15 cake - half chocolate and half yellow - iced with buttercream and then the picture is pieced together with fondant. Constructive criticism is very welcome (and even requested!)!

crisseyann Posted 9 Aug 2009 , 8:38pm
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Perfection! Way to pull it off beautifully. It looks gorgeous! icon_smile.gif

hluterbach Posted 9 Aug 2009 , 8:42pm
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OMG, that is perfect! great job. looks just like the napkin. excellent work on that one. they are going to love it.

itsacake Posted 9 Aug 2009 , 8:46pm
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You did a great job! Your color matching is excellent, your work is exceptionally neat, you captured the invitation with the gorgeous flowers, really well-textured trees, and vivid sailbaots. Really well done! How can your friend and her daughter be anything but pleased?

sahrow Posted 9 Aug 2009 , 8:49pm
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You pulled it off spectacularly!! Great job!
I bet she loved it!

LaBellaFlor Posted 9 Aug 2009 , 9:09pm
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That is AWESOME. They are gonna love it.

kakeladi Posted 9 Aug 2009 , 9:14pm
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Oooohhhh wow!!!!!! What a fabulous cake you came up with!!

..........criticism is very welcome (and even requested!).........

Well now, what, oh what? can I criticize? icon_smile.gif
About the only thing that might have improved this great creation would have been to create those 'sparkle' highlights.

krissycupcakes Posted 9 Aug 2009 , 9:29pm
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i like what you did you worked it out well!! i really liked the flowers at the bottom because they look more layered it looks like there closer nice job!!

BeeBoos-8599_ Posted 9 Aug 2009 , 10:29pm
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See! You did not need us at all. great results!

sahrow Posted 10 Aug 2009 , 12:55am
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criticism welcome? The only thing I would have done different is put the picture on the cake going the other way. That would have made the ocean seem bigger... but it is still a gorgeous cake!

I'd be happy to receive one exactly like you made it, so my "criticism" isn't really that critical!

lthiele Posted 10 Aug 2009 , 1:44am
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Great job it looks fantastic! icon_razz.gif

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