Sand Dollar Cake...not Sure How To Do This One..?

Decorating By Iheartcake Updated 8 Aug 2010 , 3:21am by nana_marta

Iheartcake Posted 6 Jul 2010 , 2:06pm
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Hello all!

A friend of mine is interested in this cake, but I'm not too sure how to get this effect. I'm thinking easiest would be to find a stencil.. but wondering if anyone has any suggestions?

Thank you!

17 replies
cutthecake Posted 6 Jul 2010 , 2:27pm
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I have no advice for you, but that's a lovely cake!

matthewkyrankelly Posted 6 Jul 2010 , 2:30pm
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OK. Go with this. Would a stencil really be easier? There is a lot of disconnected negative image there that doesn't lend itself as easily to stenciling.

Freehand. The circles and lines are not perfect which makes them look right. It is all one color. Most of them are a simple starburst to a rough drawn circle. Several are colored in. I would do freehand.

cakes47 Posted 6 Jul 2010 , 3:00pm
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Ditto on the freehand!!! Good luck and remember to have fun !!!! icon_smile.gif

cakegroove Posted 6 Jul 2010 , 3:08pm
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can you print the picture of the cake, enlarge on copier, cut and use as a template?

Iheartcake Posted 6 Jul 2010 , 3:46pm
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The only problem with freehand is that I'm in no way a drawer...however, you are may be the easiest way considering it's mainly uneven circles. Cakegroove..I like that idea, that could work just to give me a starting point.

How would you actually do the design? I've never done anything like this. Is it basically painting on with colouring gels?

matthewkyrankelly Posted 6 Jul 2010 , 5:02pm
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Yes it is basically painting with gels or food coloring. You could even cut out various circles from paper to use as a template to trace around. But then I would go over it with the paint brush. In this design, it is the very fact that it isn't exactly round or perfect that makes it work.

To quell your concerns, roll out a piece of fondant and practice a little. You won't have a problem, but you'll find a style that works. Some parts you might want to let dry and go back over later.

It will look beautiful.

Cindy619 Posted 6 Jul 2010 , 7:11pm
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If you want to start with perfect circles, I would use various size cookie/biscuit cutters and "stamp" into the side of the cake. Then you can trace your imprint and fill them in however you want.

Iheartcake Posted 9 Jul 2010 , 1:01pm
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I'll do a few practice rounds and see how that goes... Thanks so much everyone!

yummy Posted 9 Jul 2010 , 2:39pm
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After you finish practicing, post pictures of your progress and different techniques; please.

_christina_ Posted 9 Jul 2010 , 5:46pm
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I ditto cakegroove.

I'd enlarge and then copy the photo and then focus on the pattern, enlarge that where you want it and use a template on the cake with a scribe. Then hand paint them.

Good luck and I would love to see pics, too!

Kellbella Posted 9 Jul 2010 , 5:57pm
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Yes, make a template for sure...what a beautiful cake! I'm sure you'll do a great job!

nana_marta Posted 9 Jul 2010 , 6:10pm
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ditto on the pattern for basic shapes and placements, then go for it and have a ball! Of course we all want updates on how it is going!! thumbs_up.gif

Iheartcake Posted 7 Aug 2010 , 10:06pm
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Here is the finished cake... definitely not as good as the original, but I am happy with how it turned out... I can't stress enough how much I am NOT a drawer! So because of that, I'm happy with how it came out. I didn't make it as tall as the original, and I think that did take a bit away from it. I can see this technique being a lot of fun in the's time consuming, but it opens up sooooooo many possibilities! Maybe I'll sign up for an art class... icon_rolleyes.gif

Thanks again for all the help!

amandaluvscakes Posted 7 Aug 2010 , 10:38pm
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great job!

kakeladi Posted 7 Aug 2010 , 11:02pm
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Looks really good. How did you end up doing it? Just paint the color on?

JulieMN Posted 7 Aug 2010 , 11:06pm
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Very nicely done!

nana_marta Posted 8 Aug 2010 , 3:21am
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Great Job!!!!! I think it turned out very nicely. Save the art lesson money!

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