How Do I Incorporate All This???

Decorating By bethasd Updated 27 Nov 2010 , 5:47am by TiffySue

bethasd Posted 2 Nov 2010 , 7:05pm
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I have a client (friend) who gave me a HUGE list of things to incorporate into a cake. How can I creatively get all of these onto a cake that only needs to serve 20? I thought maybe a shopping bag with some of these items represented but it's not coming together for me. Here's the list...

Seahorse
Motorboat
Bud Light Lime
Sandals Resort
Horses
Books
Sitting by the pool
Country & popular music
Cosmopolitans
Cooking school
Shopping
2 Dogs
3 Kids

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artscallion Posted 2 Nov 2010 , 7:22pm
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1. is she giving you the list because she wants ALL of the items included, or is she giving you a list of the persons interests so you can pick one or two or more to use in your design.

2. Whenever someone gives me more than three "themes" to include, I tell them you can't really get a cohesive design with that many themes. So either hone it down to two or three, or the design of the cake will just be that it's a cake with a whole bunch of unrelated things on it. They usually pick the former.

oakleygirl77 Posted 2 Nov 2010 , 7:33pm
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Wow...that is a lot going on. What if you just did a 1/2 sheet cake and made it look like a resort theme. Like horses in the sand by the water (ocean), with a boat and seahorse floating in blue water. Then up by the resort, you could have a swimming pool with some drinks, books and shopping bags sitting by some lawn chairs and some dogs and kids playing by the pool.
As for the cooking school and music....I don't know. That's already alot.

I was asked to do a grooms cake that had so many different things going on and they wanted ALL of it to be on the cake....this was the only way I could make it all fit.

cakelady_nikki Posted 2 Nov 2010 , 7:35pm
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What about a scrapbook? you could make an open book and create many of those things as boarder, background, make some 3d popping out and some flat. You could even turn some into pictures on fondant and add them to the scrapbook.

bethasd Posted 2 Nov 2010 , 7:36pm
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She didn't specify so it's difficult to pick what's really important. She said, "I was thinking just pictures of different things plastered on the cake." How on earth can I make that look good? Ugh!

icer101 Posted 2 Nov 2010 , 7:46pm
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I definetly would not use them all. I would ask her to pick 3-4 of her favoite things for this person. hth

korean Posted 2 Nov 2010 , 8:00pm
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you could consider a sheet cake and make each theme a quilted box. if you include some solid colored borders that go with the themed squares and use a quilting roller I think this could look great.

linstead Posted 2 Nov 2010 , 8:10pm
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I think I count 15 items and you say cake for 20 - so maybe you make 20 cupcakes and put one of these items on each cupcake and make a couple of duplicates (???) - Good luck!!!!!

bethasd Posted 3 Nov 2010 , 1:30am
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I ran into my friend & another friend & they thought maybe we could incorporate Farmville too. She said she can't really peg her sister as only a couple things. She wants a cake to include all these inside jokes. Oh my!

playingwithsugar Posted 3 Nov 2010 , 1:45am
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And is she willing to pay for all this artistic endeavor, or is she expecting you do add this in for the same price? I think it's time to whittle down the ideas into her budget.

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tokazodo Posted 3 Nov 2010 , 2:03am
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I'm with Icer101 on this one. Make her narrow it down to 3-4 things.

It's an eight inch round cake for heavens sake.
It will take you forever to make the items, and then it would cover the entire cake.

Good luck with that, right there!

michel30014 Posted 3 Nov 2010 , 2:14pm
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[quote="oakleygirl77"]Wow...that is a lot going on. What if you just did a 1/2 sheet cake and made it look like a resort theme. Like horses in the sand by the water (ocean), with a boat and seahorse floating in blue water. Then up by the resort, you could have a swimming pool with some drinks, books and shopping bags sitting by some lawn chairs and some dogs and kids playing by the pool.
As for the cooking school and music....I don't know. That's already alot.



IMHO, oakleygirl77 has a great idea,here! Maybe for the cooking school and music part, you could make "magazines" with "Cooking school" and "Music" as the name of the magazine. Just a suggestion. HTH!
In order to make it fit, you might can do a 13x9 to give yourself a little more room, but she would need to be willing to pay for the extra cake. See how she feels about that..... Otherwise, make her trim down to 3-4 items. Wow, you definitely have a challenge! GOOD LUCK!!!!

sweetmonkeycheese Posted 3 Nov 2010 , 4:53pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by linstead

I think I count 15 items and you say cake for 20 - so maybe you make 20 cupcakes and put one of these items on each cupcake and make a couple of duplicates (???) - Good luck!!!!!




I think that is a great idea!

Sucrea Posted 3 Nov 2010 , 5:18pm
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How about a monopoly board with different locations and the things that don't fit in with the locations can be player pieces!

bethasd Posted 25 Nov 2010 , 3:47pm
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Thanks for the thoughts everyone. I finally made this cake with lots of things "slapped on the sides." I call it an "everything" cake. Truthfully, these are my least favorite cakes but I ended up happy with how it turned out & my friend loved it. Trying to attach a photo but if it doesn't work, you can view it in my gallery. Thanks again!

Relznik Posted 25 Nov 2010 , 4:03pm
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I had a customer order a cake for her boyfriend. She wanted all of the following on it:

Spiderman
dumb-bells
Leffe beer bottle
rock music CDs
a lawn mower
a drill
a play station control
and a crown with 'Princess Katie' - because that's his pet name for her.
Oh, and a big number 30.

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This is what I came up with:

http://cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1245819

bakencake Posted 25 Nov 2010 , 4:11pm
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Just saw your cake and i have to say it turned out great!!! I was a little leery and thought it would end up being messy and disjointed but you pulled it off great. wonderful cake!!! thumbs_up.gif

TiffySue Posted 27 Nov 2010 , 5:47am
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MOST of those things make me think of Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville! icon_smile.gif If it were my cake I would go off of that, but I'm sure you will come up with something great!

Good luck!!

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