I was asked to make a graduation cake for my best friend's cousin who is graduating with a degree in Architecture. I am new to cake decorating and haven't taken many classes, so I was going to make a sheet cake to look like a drafting table and cover it with architects tools (i.e. a blue print, triangle ruler, compass, pencil, etc). After speaking with the young man's mother I am second guessing it...she seems to be happy with the idea, but she described her son as "strange" and "abstract" and told me to be as creative as I wanted.
Does anyone have any suggestions for a more 'artsy' or 'abstract' cake for an architect? It's only supposed to feed about 20 people...
the work of Frank Gehry comes to mind immediately
often describe as looking like something crashed.
is it possible to quiz mom a bit more and find out who the graduate's favorite architect is / architects are?
that way you could look up their buildings and use one as inspiration.
(oh and 10 to 1 he does his design work on a computer using software like AutoCad)
now you may also want to do a fake magazine cover.
Architectural Digest would be the magazine
And he would be the cover story.
Something like: Graduate Redefines Modern Architecture
I majored in architecture (in 2003). I am trying to think of any creative ideas that might help you. We used a drafting table with slide rule, triangle, pencils, etc. for the first two years of school so I think that would still be a good idea. I was so happy to get rid of that stuff and use computer drafting programs. I had some classmates that were strange and abstract. We had many abstract assignments (especially in the first few years of school. Maybe if his mom had pictures of some of those assignments, it would be fun to replicate them. Or, if you find out who his favorite architects is or what are his favorite buildings, print the out and put them on the table as if they were his inspiration for a project. You could also make a sheet cake look like a business card, make up a cool design firm name, put a cool abstract logo/icon on it. Ill keep thinking. Good luck!
Thanks! I know he went to Cooper Union in NY and they just built a new building (that's what his mom mentioned) so I was going to try to replicate that...but I'm VERY new to cake decorating and I'm not sure that I could do a building right now..at least not a very good one that won't topple over! haha. Also, it has to be for around 20 people so I don't want too much left over. I'll have to look more into the buildings and maybe talk to the mom and see what she says...
thanks so much for your ideas!