Man Cake Fail

Decorating By Ladiesofthehouse Updated 20 Jul 2010 , 8:57pm by Postal_Cakemaker

Ladiesofthehouse Posted 19 Jul 2010 , 9:19pm
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I made another one of those cakes today that I don't even bother to take a picture of. The dreaded Man Sheet Cake.

Me on the phone to customer: And what would you like on Frank's vanilla with white frosting birthday cake?

Customer: Oh, you know, something manly. No flowers please. And not tooo decorative. No pinks or bright colors. How about blue?

Me: (sigh) Does he have any interests I could decorate the cake with?

Customer: Hmmm, no, I think we'll just go with Happy Birthday Frank.

Me: Great. Another cake that won't go into my portfolio.

Can anybody help me out of my Man Cake funk? I scoured the galleries but interesting sheet cakes for men are pretty scarce.

16 replies
Doug Posted 19 Jul 2010 , 10:32pm
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yes. don't sweat it.

man cake =

chocolate batter

9x13 disposable aluminum pan

chocolate icing

1 fork (after all, he isn't going to share!)

cakegroove Posted 19 Jul 2010 , 10:46pm
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LOL! that is spot on

Ladiesofthehouse Posted 19 Jul 2010 , 10:56pm
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Oh bother. You guys are so much help LOL

hollyml Posted 19 Jul 2010 , 11:13pm
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I would go with stripes, plaid or a geometric-shapes design. And/or, in place of flowers, use leaves, dots, stars/spiky shapes or flame/wave shapes; in place of scallops or ruffles, use zig-zags, scales, stars, rope or ball borders. Honestly, I tend to find the simple non-themed sheet cake with flowers for a woman to be pretty uninteresting, so I'm not sure why so many people think a "masculine" version of the same thing is any MORE boring. icon_smile.gif In fact, usually I find the masculine versions to be more interesting precisely because they don't have the cliched BC roses.

(Not all of these are sheet cakes but the design ideas could be translated easily enough. And fondant stripes, etc. could of course be done in BC instead.)

cakefairy03 Posted 19 Jul 2010 , 11:58pm
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Thanks for all the "manly" links! I will keep these in mind for future I too never seem to know what to make for the guys in my life!

Ladiesofthehouse Posted 20 Jul 2010 , 5:43am
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Thanks for taking the time to list those--very helpful!

lilerintron Posted 20 Jul 2010 , 1:16pm
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Not helpful in anyway, but I came across this a couple weeks ago.. good for a laugh at a man's cake!

iamcakin Posted 20 Jul 2010 , 1:25pm
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Doug, you crack me up every time!!

hollyml, thanks for taking the time to post all those, I'm saving some for future reference. I, too dread the "Plain sheet-cake for a guy request"!

TexasSugar Posted 20 Jul 2010 , 2:22pm
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When I have to do a manly cake I think a present cake with in masculine tones. I mean who doesn't like getting a present right? And in this case the prescent is a yummy, wonderful cake.

cakesdivine Posted 20 Jul 2010 , 2:58pm
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Originally Posted by Doug

yes. don't sweat it.

man cake =

chocolate batter

9x13 disposable aluminum pan

chocolate icing

1 fork (after all, he isn't going to share!)

icon_lol.gif LOVE THIS! Too too funny Doug!

KHalstead Posted 20 Jul 2010 , 3:05pm
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I had that EXACT conversation with a customer and this is what they got!! By the way everyone loved it! I hated it!

luvmysmoother Posted 20 Jul 2010 , 3:10pm
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My heart also sinks if I have to do a man cakeicon_sad.gif Guys simply don't have preferences - And if they are requesting a cake for a child or spouse they say things like "I think my son likes chocolate - whatever - dark colours - no flower colours please"icon_smile.gificon_smile.gif If I hear someone saying they need a cake for a daughter who is into princesses, flowers, purses, and pastels...I get sooooo excited and happyicon_smile.gificon_smile.gificon_smile.gif

Doug Posted 20 Jul 2010 , 4:54pm
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yes - we are boring when it comes to cake.

who cares (within limits of not being a cake wreck)

it's the taste!!!!!

so wow us with the insides!!!

and if you can get alcohol involved big ++++++

kger Posted 20 Jul 2010 , 8:33pm
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Originally Posted by Doug

so wow us with the insides!!!

and if you can get alcohol involved big ++++++

Ditto on that! I was describing chocolate stout cake to my non-cake eating, chocolate-hating husband, and as soon as I mentioned "Guinness," his eyes popped out and said, "Why can't you make THAT cake for my work?"

cutthecake Posted 20 Jul 2010 , 8:50pm
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I must buy that guy's cake-decorating DVDs! I love that he thinks he can impress women with his cake making skills.

Postal_Cakemaker Posted 20 Jul 2010 , 8:57pm
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We love bacon too!! Lots of bacon and booze!!

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