African Theme

Decorating By catsmum Updated 3 Nov 2010 , 2:14pm by catsmum

catsmum Posted 22 Jul 2010 , 11:21am
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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.

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Doug Posted 22 Jul 2010 , 11:38am
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so, when I need inspiration, I google

image results for Burkina Faso:
http://www.google.com/images?q=Burkina+Faso&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-a&rlz=1R1GGLL_en___US359&um=1&ie=UTF-8&source=univ&ei=DS1ITJyvLcOblgewnNiYCw&sa=X&oi=image_result_group&ct=title&resnum=4&ved=0CEYQsAQwAw&biw=1033&bih=645

lots of interesting things there.

The one that jumps out at me is the mosque.

Or the villages of round houses.

catsmum Posted 23 Jul 2010 , 11:46am
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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?

bobwonderbuns Posted 23 Jul 2010 , 12:12pm
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Make a Tiki Hut cake. They're easy to do and lots of fun to look at!

Cakechick123 Posted 23 Jul 2010 , 1:37pm
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sorry bob, but tiki huts are not African icon_smile.gif

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
HTH!

http://www.thecakegenie.co.za/plugins/sgallery/gallery.php?view.12.1.1

bobwonderbuns Posted 23 Jul 2010 , 1:39pm
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Oh well. I've seen them done in African themes with great success. icon_biggrin.gif

EllieA Posted 23 Jul 2010 , 2:46pm
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I know somebody who would kill anybody that says that one thing is the same anywhere in the whole continent - any continent! icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif

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).

bobwonderbuns Posted 23 Jul 2010 , 5:20pm
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My tiki hut cake looks just like these huts -- which ARE African (Doug just posted it.)
LL

catsmum Posted 24 Jul 2010 , 10:33am
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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.

AuntieV2010 Posted 24 Jul 2010 , 1:09pm
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You could do a more traditional cake using the red/green/gold colors of their flag.

catsmum Posted 3 Nov 2010 , 2:14pm
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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.


http://www.cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1854835

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