Basketweave Lt Green 90Th Bd For A Man

Decorating By havingfun Updated 27 Mar 2010 , 2:07am by havingfun

havingfun Posted 20 Feb 2010 , 11:44pm
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I have a request for a cake. It is for a 90th birthday for a man. The only things they want are for it to be lt green and basketweave. ????? I am stumped for anything else.

Their wedding cake was basketweave and had fresh fruit on top of it. Not sugared or anything. I don't really want to duplicate that look,l but I am at a loss for a basket cake that is not too feminine. any ideas???

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ayerim979 Posted 21 Feb 2010 , 12:25am
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Does he like fishing by any chance? I believe I have seen these basket weave fishing boxes (sorry dont know what they are called)

is it going to be a tiered cake or a single one?

havingfun Posted 21 Feb 2010 , 12:44am
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He is a retired minister. I am familiar with the fishing basket thing, but remember it has to be light green. I don't think he was into fishing. thank you for trying to help, that is so kind of you. any other ideas??

ayerim979 Posted 21 Feb 2010 , 12:47am
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Oh wow okay , I forgot about the green part.

how about something like this: I googled the image.
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havingfun Posted 21 Feb 2010 , 12:58am
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hmmm, that is an interesting cake, although it is not exactly my taste. Those fruit kabob things I know are popular, I just don't like people touching the fruit to get them out. doesn't anyone else think about dirty hands touching food? LOL!! You are a dear. I just finished a monkey cake, and that is all I thought about - monkeys, now all I can think about is a green basketweave cake. yuck!

ayerim979 Posted 21 Feb 2010 , 2:53am
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you are right about the food handling. Well good luck and if i think of something I'll let ya know !!!

JanH Posted 21 Feb 2010 , 3:34am
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mrsmudrash Posted 21 Feb 2010 , 6:55am
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This might be a stretch, but what about a basket with papers in it...and on top would be a copy of one of his sermons, or the bulletin from his last church or a copy of a letter he has received in the past or cherishes...something personal. I keep a pack of papers, ideas, inspiration photos in a basket...so, it could be a basket full of his greatest memories or achievements?! You'd have to get more info from the relatives of course.

Just a thought...

FromScratch Posted 21 Feb 2010 , 7:38am
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Oh ick... I'd not be thrilled about that request either. Green basket weave??? No accounting for taste hmm? icon_wink.gif

CarolAnn Posted 21 Feb 2010 , 8:20am
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I did an oval basket weave cake for my father in law's b-day a few years back. It was different but not feminine. It was done in a dark blue but could be done in green and be beautiful too. You could put flowers around the edge similar to what I did or in the center without it looking feminine. Check my photos.

havingfun Posted 21 Feb 2010 , 2:20pm
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Oh thank you all! I really appreciate all the suggestions. I guess I am just having a problem getting past the light green in my creative thought processes. You think of a basket with "stuff" in it, whether flowers, papers, or fruit in it. I have done a basketweave cake with the farm products in it, so I like to think about personalizing it. The bd is March 27th, so Jan the leaves would be green at that time of year, but green leaves in a green basket? That is a beautiful cake. Mrs. Mudrash, that is an excellent idea. How would you put the papers on the cake? CarolAnn, your cake is beautiful - definitely will put that one in the "stack of ideas". I have been thinking about using sugared grapes and then a grapevine and leaves or something. I have never done sugared fruit. Has anyone done it and how does it hold up? Thank you again for all the help.

mrsmudrash Posted 21 Feb 2010 , 11:56pm
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Originally Posted by havingfun

Oh thank you all! I really appreciate all the suggestions. I guess I am just having a problem getting past the light green in my creative thought processes. You think of a basket with "stuff" in it, whether flowers, papers, or fruit in it. I have done a basketweave cake with the farm products in it, so I like to think about personalizing it. The bd is March 27th, so Jan the leaves would be green at that time of year, but green leaves in a green basket? That is a beautiful cake. Mrs. Mudrash, that is an excellent idea. How would you put the papers on the cake? CarolAnn, your cake is beautiful - definitely will put that one in the "stack of ideas". I have been thinking about using sugared grapes and then a grapevine and leaves or something. I have never done sugared fruit. Has anyone done it and how does it hold up? Thank you again for all the help.




You can use this link to help you make a basket cake covered in fondant:
http://www.cakejournal.com/archives/how-to-make-a-knitting-basket-cake
Only make it light green instead of brown and more rectangular instead of round.

Then I would bake another little/one tier cake in the shape of a rectangle that fits inside the basket, cover it in white fondant (I would cut pieces of fondant that fit the sides and top, put them in the freezer then once firm, apply them to the sides/top so you have a very squared off cake...like a stack of papers). Once the fondant warms up a bit and is no longer wet from condensation, score all the edges so it looks like a stack of paper. Then cut another rectangle of fondant as thin as you can that matches the size of the paper cake, add an edible image (you can have them printed anywhere...cake shops, dairy queen, etc) and apply it to that top sheet of paper. Curl one or two of the edges and let it dry so it looks like paper, and place it on top of the stack of papers in the basket.

You could also make a book like a Bible to sit in the basket too with a stack or two of papers on top or under the Bible. Another way to fill the cake.

Good luck! icon_smile.gif It's a bit complicated, but could be cool! icon_smile.gif

havingfun Posted 22 Feb 2010 , 12:17am
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That would be a cool idea. How do you find out about those edible image copies?

mrsmudrash Posted 22 Feb 2010 , 3:26am
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I would call around to some of your cake decorating supply shops and even some local cake studo/shops. Our cake supply store just started doing them for $1.49 each sheet. Dairy Queen sells them for like $12! So, you'll have to call around.

Good luck! icon_smile.gif

havingfun Posted 22 Feb 2010 , 12:20pm
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The only cake supply stores are a Hobby Lobby and Michaels. We don't have Dairy Queen. Thank you for your help. I am still looking for ideas also. Have a great day!

candycakes51 Posted 23 Feb 2010 , 2:39pm
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Here's another idea. How about making stars and curls out of gumpaste, maybe painting them silver or gold, and have them "shooting" out of the basket in celebration (you could put the stars on lollipop sticks or small dowels).

havingfun Posted 27 Mar 2010 , 2:07am
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Well I finally finished the cake!! I did ask if we could use a tan for the basketweave, and that was fine. Did some research and came up with this cake. I used his favorite Bible verse. They were decorating with daisies, so I made some out of gumpaste.
http://cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1623834

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