I've volunteered to provide a decorated cake for a cake sale in September to raise money to buy a generator for a village in Burkina Faso. The cake will be raffled/auctioned. I am struggling with an African theme as most of the cakes here on CC seem to be depicting scenes of safaris/jungle animals etc which I'm not sure is representative of the Burkina Faso area. Does anyone have any ideas?
Alternatively do fellow CCrs think we would raise more money with a more general "pretty" cake. Any suggestions gratefully received.
so, when I need inspiration, I google
image results for Burkina Faso:
lots of interesting things there.
The one that jumps out at me is the mosque.
Or the villages of round houses.
Thanks Doug. I had already gone that route and the village house scene was all I could see that might work. I'm still wondering about the second suggestion about a more "general" style of cake making more money.
Any other views/ideas from CCrs?
Make a Tiki Hut cake. They're easy to do and lots of fun to look at!
sorry bob, but tiki huts are not African
Here is the site of someone in South Africa that does stunning African designs, the pots are generally the same anywhere in Africa. Quills and feathers also goes well with any African design
Oh well. I've seen them done in African themes with great success.
I know somebody who would kill anybody that says that one thing is the same anywhere in the whole continent - any continent!
We have a cake auction in my town for a hospital in my state. I "used" to bake cakes and that was great because mine would sell for more than $ 100.00 (unheard of when compared to what the other cakes sold for). But for the past ten years or so, we show pictures of my cakes, I bring a dummy and we auction special cakes (wedding (20% discount), First Communion (free), Bar Mitzvah ($ 200.00 off), etc.). Custom made, of course. Last year, because of the amount of people who bid, I had to "sell" five coupons for throughout the year. I got "scr**** because I'll have to make so many at a discount, but I was very happy that we could get a lot of money for the hospital and it was a recognition of my work).
That would work I'm sure. Thanks again for the PM'd instructions. I'm thinking of doing a village scene on a dummy to remind people what the cake sale is in aid of and a more general cake for auction. Hope I have time.
You could do a more traditional cake using the red/green/gold colors of their flag.
Here is the link to the cake I baked for the fundraiser. I tried to incorporate village housing, a grainstore and some people as well as the flag colours. I'm told the colours were very true to life, various shades of brown apart from the women's clothes. Many thanks for all suggestions.