Can I "dumb Down" This Design Somehow?

Decorating By JGMB Updated 9 Nov 2009 , 5:02am by letsgetcaking

JGMB Posted 1 Oct 2009 , 12:42pm
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My pastor wrote a book and the church wants to celebrate its release on November 8th. They asked me to make a cake for the congregation. I assumed I could just write "Congratulations Jonathan" on it and call it a day. So, I agreed.

Well, now they've e-mailed me the bookcover for reference -- they must be expecting something more elaborate than what I had planned!!

I only work in buttercream, so I'm wondering if I could do the dove using a frozen buttercream transfer and maybe make the crown of thorns out of modeling chocolate.

If anyone else has ideas, I'd LOVE to hear them!! Thanks!
LL

15 replies
ddaigle Posted 1 Oct 2009 , 12:54pm
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Why not use that as an edible image for the entire top of cake. Then you just have to border the cake out.

Cookie4 Posted 1 Oct 2009 , 12:54pm
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Yes, you could make the thorns out of modeling chocolate but I suggest using brown (or chocolate flavored) fondant for ease of handling. You can possibly extrude all the thorns and then glue them together with either piping gel or gum glue (made with a 50/50 mixutre of tylos & water, or gumpaste and water). The modeling chocolate thorns will be so thin that the heat of your hands will melt the chocolate while assembling and arranging the crown. Good luck - you can do this!

Melnick Posted 1 Oct 2009 , 12:58pm
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Why not just incorporate the colours of the book (possibly a diagonal split?) and do a simple little dove like they have in a lot of the kids books ... similar to the bluebird jewellery - on the bottom corner freehand in white buttercream (or you can just use a template and use toothpicks to outline your shape and fill it) and just use choc buttercream to do the thorn crown on the opposite top corner (just use a piping tip) with your message in the middle of the cake? I'm assuming it is a sheet cake?

KHalstead Posted 1 Oct 2009 , 1:03pm
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I REALLY love the cover on that book..........I would be tempted to make a carved book cake and put an edible image on it for the front cover..........book cakes are like the easiest cakes to carve SERIOUSLY......you don't even have to do anything except carve one side of your sheetcake so it's rounded a bit like the spine of the book........or you could create the roundness by using a viva towel on the icing on that side of the cake.

I would definitely look into getting an edible image though........and make the book out of a 1/4 sheet cake......if they need more cake than that.....you could stack that "book" on top of a bigger sheet cake decorated like a wood table or something.

2SchnauzerLady Posted 1 Oct 2009 , 1:07pm
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JGMB - I like your original idea - but like cookie4 said, use brown fondant or a 50/50 fondant/gumpaste mix for the crown of thorns - that would really make it pop! And if your FBCT doesn't turn out - go for the EI with the added crown of thorns.

JGMB Posted 1 Oct 2009 , 1:11pm
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Thanks for all the help so far! I'm glad that you all have more confidence in me than I do icon_wink.gif The good news is that I just have to make the one fancy cake for the table, then they'd like plain sheetcakes to cut in the kitchen. So, this cake doesn't have to be big enough to feed everyone.

I've never done an edible image and have no idea where to start. Is that what you get someone to print for you? If so, I'd hate to put all my eggs in one basket by having one EI on hand -- if I somehow ruin it, then what do I do? That's why I thought if I tried a BC transfer, I could make like 6 in case the first 5 didn't work!

nesweetcake Posted 1 Oct 2009 , 1:17pm
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If you order an edible image, order two to be on the safe side, it's worth the time savings for the amount the extra image would cost you. Just like someone else said, I think I'd make it look like a book. good luck

suz3 Posted 1 Oct 2009 , 1:18pm
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I've had 2 EI that I bought at Wal Mart bakery. They were easy to use and had no problems with either one. I am definately a beginner so I know that you can do this. I love that cover and think KHalstead is right on. Go for it!!!!

nonnyscakes Posted 1 Oct 2009 , 3:04pm
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Originally Posted by KHalstead

I REALLY love the cover on that book..........I would be tempted to make a carved book cake and put an edible image on it for the front cover..........book cakes are like the easiest cakes to carve SERIOUSLY......you don't even have to do anything except carve one side of your sheetcake so it's rounded a bit like the spine of the book........or you could create the roundness by using a viva towel on the icing on that side of the cake.

I would definitely look into getting an edible image though........and make the book out of a 1/4 sheet cake......if they need more cake than that.....you could stack that "book" on top of a bigger sheet cake decorated like a wood table or something.




Absolutely agree! This would make a gorgeous carved book cake and the EI is really easy to use. Just remember to put it in the freezer for about 20 to 30 seconds to make it release from the paper. It will go right on the cake with no trouble at all. If it makes you feel more comfortable, get two images. It may cost a little more, but in the end it is worth the time savings.

JGMB Posted 8 Nov 2009 , 4:04am
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Okay, well, I made the cake icon_redface.gif . It turned out to be a crazy busy week, as a group of Guatemalan women who had been denied visas to visit our church in September suddenly got their visas on a moment's notice. So, I cleaned the house in a hurry, changed the beds, etc. because 2 of them are now staying at my house. Also, they speak no English, so I'm speaking Spanish to them -- I'm not fluent, so it's kind of a struggle!! Anyways, so I was then asked to not only make the book cake to celebrate our pastor but also another to celebrate these women, not to mention enough kitchen sheetcakes to feed 300!!!

Well, I did my best. The cake book is yucky looking -- I've had it with those rounded Wilton pans! I was in a hurry and neglected to trim it so it would have nice square corners. Then, I had tried to make a FBCT of the dove but it didn't work. So, I had to freehand the whole thing. Let's hope it tastes better than it looks!!

Edited to add: I just realized that it's not letting me upload the book cake photo for some reason -- maybe it's too ugly! LOL!! Anyway, it's in my gallery.

On a good note, though, I am REALLY enjoying my guests!!!!!! They couldn't be any more adorable. I'm happy that the cake I made for them turned out pretty well. It's supposed to look like the fabric that they make all of their crafts out of.

Sorry for the lo-o-o-ng post, but I'm wound up from all this activity. Tomorrow, I have to get my 2 new friends and all 5 of the cakes to the church by 7:45 a.m. Wish me luck!
LL

jammjenks Posted 8 Nov 2009 , 4:42am
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By the tone of your post, I was expecting it to look shabby. The book cover cake looks great! You did a great job! I especially like the crown. thumbs_up.gif

luvmysmoother Posted 8 Nov 2009 , 5:35pm
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Very cute cakes and very kind of you to do all this work for so many people - you're an awesome cake decorator and an awesome human beingicon_smile.gif

tatorchip Posted 8 Nov 2009 , 8:41pm
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so kind of you to be a host, your cakes turned out wonderful and I am sure the church was so proud of you.

JGMB Posted 8 Nov 2009 , 10:49pm
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Thank you all ~~ you're all so kind!!! That's why I LOVE CC!! I was very excited that the church people actually thought the cakes were pretty (note to self: NEVER let them see the awesome creations on this site!). More importantly, lots of people said that they were delicious. I was so, so happy that everything turned out okay. It was a VERY good day!!

letsgetcaking Posted 9 Nov 2009 , 5:02am
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Congratulations on two great cakes! I love them both! The colors and design on the cake for your visitors is awesome!

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