Please Help...need Ideas For Cross Country Runner Cake...

Decorating By BakeLoveMom Updated 24 Oct 2009 , 1:29am by kakeladi

BakeLoveMom Posted 23 Oct 2009 , 11:24am
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I got a request from someone I don't know that well to make a cross country runner birthday cake for a boy turning 18. They want orange and blue and a quarter sheet. Which, I don't normally don't do sheet cakes so I checked on here and I read that a quarter sheet is a 9x13. I was thinking of doing a silhouette in gumpaste and stand it up off the cake, but other than that I am at a loss. Oh, and as a side note, what do you normally charge for this size cake? It will be a double layer choc. WASC with PB Cup filling. I am hoping someone can help me get my wheels turning. Thanks,


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Caths_Cakes Posted 23 Oct 2009 , 12:21pm
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I wish i i could help, The only thing i could think of was perhaps having the top of the sheet decorated to look like a off-road track with trees/bushes etc, and a person running along it. . But then again, im not that creative lol! Have you tried Google and FlickR to see others interpretations of it?

KHalstead Posted 23 Oct 2009 , 12:41pm
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I did a cross country runner graduation cake, I found a pic online and just cut it out and used it as a stencil to airbrush. Not very NICE or eleagant looking, but I don't charge much for these puppies so I don't have a lot of time to spend.

cakedulce Posted 23 Oct 2009 , 2:57pm
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im doing a cross country cake too and been brain storming how i am going to do it. I decided i was going to make a replica of the course on a sheet cake. Gonna carve stacked sheet cake to make it look a little hilly...cover it in green fondant. Then make course running trail along the whole cake out of smashed graham cracker. At one point of the trail they go under a bat going to make bats flying out over the bridge using wire. Then going to have a start and finish banner with a time clock next to it. Going to make gumpaste/fondant running figures on the trail and trees around the trail. Then making the school name and cross country symbol in the top center of the cake. The cake is for hopefully it turns out! Good luck...hope you got some good ideas!

BakeLoveMom Posted 23 Oct 2009 , 8:10pm
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Thanks for helping me out everyone, I think I will add some trees and dirt...I don't really know a course or anything, it was a Grandma ordering it for her Grandson, but I think I can make it work now. Thanks so much.


kakeladi Posted 24 Oct 2009 , 1:29am
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1st off a '1/4 sheet' really is 12x8. Match the cake size to the board sold as 'that' size. 1/4 = 12x8; 1/2 = 12x16 and full = 24x18 according to the boards & boxes sole for those sizes.

An old Wilton yrbk - probably from the early '70s has a sheet cake w/color flow runners that woiuld be perfect for all those of you doing runner cakes. Wish I could tell you exactly which one but I don't have my books anymore.

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