costumeczar Posted 14 Nov 2009 , 6:04pm
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This is probably the weirdest thing I've heard a bride tell me. She said that another baker (I didn't ask who) told her that you can't put the color blue on a cake because there aren't any blue foods (yes, I know blueberries, but that isn't the point) so it will look unappetizing and people won't want to eat the cake. icon_confused.gif

What?? She didn't even want a lot of blue, just light blue accents here and there on the cake. I've heard some strange stuff before, but this one was worth commenting on. Very odd...

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foxymomma521 Posted 14 Nov 2009 , 6:13pm
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Wait... what?? That's nuts!

chinadoll652003 Posted 14 Nov 2009 , 6:16pm
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OMG! That's a new one on me.

brincess_b Posted 14 Nov 2009 , 6:16pm
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i know the no natually blue food bit (id say blueberries are actually purple). but to say it will look unapatising on a cake? i cant think of any luminous glow in the dark food (ok, apart from the tonic water) or luminous pink food either, but id still eat it!
slightly crazy lady i think.
xx

SJ169 Posted 14 Nov 2009 , 6:23pm
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lol actually blue is supposed to be a unapatising color. I read a diet article one time that said you should have blue plates so that it would make you want to eat less....now let me say..i have blue dishes and it does not make me want to eat any less! icon_biggrin.gif

marmalade1687 Posted 14 Nov 2009 , 6:24pm
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Huh?? icon_confused.gif I've heard a few dillys, but that one is a brand new one!

Bluehue Posted 14 Nov 2009 , 6:29pm
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icon_confused.gif So i guess there aren't really any Blue cakes in my *photos* -
Hmmmm - how odd - i would of sworn i had decorated in Blue - icon_wink.gif


What icon_eek.gif she has never heard of Blue colouring coming from Quandongs -


Truth be told - she just doesn't like Blue and didn't want to do it - icon_wink.gif


BLUEhue icon_lol.gif

costumeczar Posted 14 Nov 2009 , 6:29pm
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Originally Posted by SJ169

lol actually blue is supposed to be a unapatising color. I read a diet article one time that said you should have blue plates so that it would make you want to eat less....now let me say..i have blue dishes and it does not make me want to eat any less! icon_biggrin.gif




I heard some story about Alfred Hitchcock throwing a dinner party and having all the food dyed blue to freak his guests out, but to put some blue on a cake? Wouldn't stop me from eating it! icon_biggrin.gif

OMGitsaLisa Posted 14 Nov 2009 , 6:37pm
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So the baker refused to do her cake with blue accents because she thought it would make it look unappetizing? Oookay. She's right in theory, but it's a cake. A wedding cake, at that. If the bride wants a blue cake, you give her a damn blue cake. It will still be eaten either way.

Bluehue Posted 14 Nov 2009 , 6:43pm

Really icon_surprised.gif - i love being asked to do Blue Cakes - so many different shades out there - they are so *in vogue* over here - aen't they where you are from?

I'm curious - What is actually unappetizing about Blue that people have a problem with -
That's the bit i don't get - peoples theory about blue - most odd. icon_confused.gif

Bluehue.

Texas_Rose Posted 14 Nov 2009 , 6:53pm
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Originally Posted by SJ169

lol actually blue is supposed to be a unapatising color. I read a diet article one time that said you should have blue plates so that it would make you want to eat less....now let me say..i have blue dishes and it does not make me want to eat any less! icon_biggrin.gif




I've never heard that before...but my dishes are all different shades of blue and there's not a single one that makes me want to eat less icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif Sounds like one of those ideas like only eating with chopsticks or only eating while standing up...

Mike1394 Posted 14 Nov 2009 , 7:03pm

I was taught by a French Chef. NEVER EVER use blue. Then he told us again.

Mike

OMGitsaLisa Posted 14 Nov 2009 , 7:16pm
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Originally Posted by Bluehue

Really icon_surprised.gif - i love being asked to do Blue Cakes - so many different shades out there - they are so *in vogue* over here - aen't they where you are from?

I'm curious - What is actually unappetizing about Blue that people have a problem with -
That's the bit i don't get - peoples theory about blue - most odd. icon_confused.gif

Bluehue.




The theory is that since there are no blue foods in nature, psychologically, people don't find things that are blue to look appetizing. It's a fairly well-known idea, even to people who don't cook much. It's sort of the way most fast food places are done in orange/brown/reds - it's a psychological thing that makes people not want to stay there too long. It's not calming and relaxing (like blue is) so people tend to leave in a more timely fashion. It's subtle.

costumeczar Posted 14 Nov 2009 , 7:21pm

I do a lot of blue cakes, I just thought it was weird to refuse to put blue accents on a cake. The entire thing wasn't blue anyway, just two ribbons on it.

If we're talking unappetizing, what about the kitty litter cakes? Or the pile of poo cakes? Those don't have any blue on them but they're still unappetizing! icon_lol.gif

leah_s Posted 14 Nov 2009 , 7:35pm

Back in the day, I studied to be a clinical psychologist and read lots and lots of studies on a variety of topics And YES numerous studies over the years have definitely shown that people find blue in an UNappetizing color for food. That said, I've certainly done blue accents on a cake.

kelleym Posted 14 Nov 2009 , 7:36pm

I've heard that, but I don't think it applies to "cake art". Today I made a cake that looks like a book. Books aren't very appetizing either, but we're gonna eat it anyway. icon_razz.gif

totallycaked Posted 14 Nov 2009 , 7:36pm

All those poor little baby boys who baby shower cake will be pink... instead of blue HAHA

Bluehue Posted 14 Nov 2009 , 7:37pm

Hmmm, so i am guessing that most of you on this thread have never heard of the Blue Quandong

It is Native to Australia - but perhaps not shipped or stocked in a store near you.


Here is a little extract for you -
Blue globular fruits that ripen between August and February, in subtropical rainforest areas. The outer part of the fruit is fleshy, and encloses a very hard stone with a deeply pitted surface which contains 5 cells, some of which are small and rudimentary.

What do you think Blue Jelly is made from - ?
Blue Quandong Jam - ?

Yes, a natural Blue Food in Nature.



Mike - are you kidding me icon_surprised.gif
That would have to of been a American/French chef from some Cooking School wouldn't it?

Good grief - i have seen beautiful Blue and White cakes in France...
and eaten them

Struggling to believe that people think Blue is not aceptable or so widely used throughout Europe and here in Australia.

There's a whole wide world out there - filled with Blue cakes - thumbs_up.gif
In France as well - icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif

cblupe Posted 14 Nov 2009 , 7:42pm

My first gumpaste class the instructor had us make roses and told us we couldn't use blue because there is no such thing as blue roses. icon_lol.gif

That's the only time I have been told not to use blue. Afterall, blue bonnets of Texas are uh 'blue'. dunce.gif

Bluehue Posted 14 Nov 2009 , 7:52pm

cblupe
- thumbs_up.gif and we even have Blue Roses over here now - icon_smile.gif


Thank god we have have come along way in the last 20 years - and that not only have times changed but opinions.
Otherwise we would all be stuck back in the *back in my day* when all cakes were white with a bloody red rose piped on top - icon_rolleyes.gificon_rolleyes.gificon_lol.gif


Still laughing at the *no natural blue foods in nature* - too funny



Peoples - you need to travel more - out side of the States - there is a whole blue world out there ..............................seriously.
Even on cakes - icon_lol.gif

susanscakecreations Posted 14 Nov 2009 , 8:03pm

If there was no blue, I would not be decorating cakes.............blue is my favorite color................and who said "no natural blue in nature"...........ever seen a blue hydrangea???????????

rainbow_kisses Posted 14 Nov 2009 , 8:07pm

I think the whole consept of blue food and appetit is twaddle. It has never put me of eating icon_lol.gif but here is an interesting link that people might have a good chuckle at.

http://www.colormatters.com/appmatters.html

I have even dyed the actual cake blue as having 5 sons blue has been a big colour in my home for 16 years.

Bluehue Posted 14 Nov 2009 , 8:08pm
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Originally Posted by smartin40

If there was no blue, I would not be decorating cakes.............blue is my favorite color................and who said "no natural blue in nature"...........ever seen a blue hydrangea???????????






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Bluehue

costumeczar Posted 14 Nov 2009 , 9:47pm
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Originally Posted by leah_s

Back in the day, I studied to be a clinical psychologist and read lots and lots of studies on a variety of topics And YES numerous studies over the years have definitely shown that people find blue in an UNappetizing color for food. That said, I've certainly done blue accents on a cake.




I have a master's in counselling psychology...Is there something about dealing with psych patients that makes you turn to cake or something? icon_lol.gif I decided that cake doesn't try to curse you out or hit you, and you don't have to restrain it on the floor when it's acting out, so it was better than what I was doing for work.

Edited to add: I'm not disputing the studies that say blue is an unappetizing color for food, but I think it's silly to think that you can't put blue on a cake. And it's pretty random to tell a client that you won't put blue accents on a cake because people won't want to eat the cake if you do!

madgeowens Posted 14 Nov 2009 , 10:02pm

coo coo

Kitagrl Posted 14 Nov 2009 , 10:10pm

That's odd, recently I just had a customer say she didn't like blue cake, thought it was unappetizing, so we had to redesign in pastel blue (because the design had to be blue)

-K8memphis Posted 14 Nov 2009 , 10:10pm

I used to work with a chick who hated blue roses, hated them.

dsilbern Posted 14 Nov 2009 , 10:22pm

Cake is art. Only you can look at it and eat it instead of just looking at it. icon_smile.gif Art should not have boundaries. Blue it up friends. Tight wad Chefy opinions be damned! icon_evil.gif

tatorchip Posted 14 Nov 2009 , 11:13pm

My wedding cake was blue and white and everyone raved over the taste and beauty of it.

prterrell Posted 14 Nov 2009 , 11:14pm

LOL, the first wedding cake I ever made the bride wanted red velvet, but wanted the actual cake to be dyed to match her wedding colors (one layer each of burgundy, forest green, and dark blue) instead of the traditional red. I did as requested, and so when the cake was cut and served, everyone had a piece of striped burgundy, forest green, and dark blue cake on their plates. And all the guests (I was at the wedding, it was a friend of mine and I did the cake and directed the wedding) ate every last bit of the cake, the blue layer included, and a lot of them came back for seconds. So I guess even blue dyed cake is ok. icon_biggrin.gif

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