My Big Fat Gypsy Birthday

Decorating By Sam_paggers Updated 2 Apr 2011 , 5:09pm by Sam_paggers

Sam_paggers Posted 23 Mar 2011 , 8:07pm
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Hi,

This might be more for the UK bakers but my friend is having a big fat gypsy 30th based on the Channel 4 wedding show. The cake is for 40-50 people and I am desperate to have a go at stacking....I am confident it will be ok but the party is in 2 weeks and I just dont have time to practice. So far I am thinking pink/black/white and getting some zebra print in there (thinking tacky)...... although I am not sure if it will look like my taste is tacky or if people will get that it fits the theme... Any ideaas would be greatly appreciated! I have also looked at these butterflies as decoration (so something can be kept...not sure if this will work):
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=260751002907&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

I have looked at several serving guides and each gives me different amounts, I am also not sure about the wilton way of cutting. Plan at the moment is potentially a 10" chocolate round with an 8" dummy to buffer and topped with a 6" vanilla and rasberry cake. Do you think this will be enough or too much cake? If i use a dummy for the middle tier do i need to use dowels, if yes, then how?

Thanks you so much for reading and for for any help
Sam
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pattycakesnj Posted 23 Mar 2011 , 8:27pm
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Can't help you with the theme but with stacking, if the middle tier is a dummy, you would only need support in the bottom tier to support the next two tiers. The middle tier would not need any support in it as there is no chance that the top tier would crush the middle tier since it is styrofoam. hth

Sam_paggers Posted 24 Mar 2011 , 9:35am
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thanks pattycakes, i thought as much but am a little tentative about trying this. As its a present I am not as overly worried as i would be if it was for money! Would you recommend stacking on site? I only ask as our town has ben attacked by the fun police and you can only drive a few yards before hitting another speed bump!

sam
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Valkstar Posted 24 Mar 2011 , 10:48am
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Hi, I've watched the series too....great entertainment! I think the style they go for is more glittery pinks than zebra etc. I would do a big sparkly cake in different shades of pink covered in glittery butterflies for it (soooo not my normal taste!)
Please put up a pic when you have it done thumbs_up.gif

klh82 Posted 24 Mar 2011 , 11:24am
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FEATHERS, FEATHERS, FEATHERS.

I think it needs a big feather topper. Put pink black and feathers in the gallery search on here and there are loads of great ideas, many containing some sort of zebra print design as well

Hope this is of some help and good luck!
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MamaD77 Posted 24 Mar 2011 , 11:50am
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I just found this one one pink cake box. The colours are perfect.
http://blog.pinkcakebox.com/category/pastry-images/celebration-cakes/page/3

MamaD77 Posted 24 Mar 2011 , 11:56am
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Ok, so the link only takes you to the page, it's the one on the left side of the page with the neon pink and green with animal prints on.

I think this with the butterflies and some feathers on the top would be great.

If you're looking for pre-coloured fondant in neon colours, ebay seller cupcake world are brilliant and have a whole myriad of colours available. I just bought some of their neon yellow, it really is neon!

I hope you have fun with this, I'd love to do one like that!

Mama D

Sam_paggers Posted 24 Mar 2011 , 1:18pm
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ok, so feathers....just looked through the gallery and think feathers are a plan!!!

Mama D- i love the use of colour on that cake- the purple/green/pink but dont want to overkill with animals :S

After looking at lots of OTT cakes, i think maybe the whole cake electric pink (possibly a neon green tier icon_smile.gif) with zebra stripes on the bottom tier. Second tier could maybe be quilted with the silver dagrees at each intersection. Although i have not done quilting before so another issues here! Do i mark the fondant before covering the cake? Do people do this freehand or is there something i can do/get to control the lines? This will be the dummy cake so will be able to re-try a few times in advance!
Top 6" possible black spots?? Using a RI tiara and feathers to top the cake.

I have been trying to look for the strips of 'bling' i have seen round some cakes, it looks like a ribbon covered in jems and now i can't find a picture or any info! If i do find out/where these are i would use on the center tier and plain black ribbon on the other 2.

What do we think? Tacky enough or do i need more?

thanks
sam
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Valkstar Posted 24 Mar 2011 , 1:28pm
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Originally Posted by MamaD77

Ok, so the link only takes you to the page, it's the one on the left side of the page with the neon pink and green with animal prints on.

I think this with the butterflies and some feathers on the top would be great.

If you're looking for pre-coloured fondant in neon colours, ebay seller cupcake world are brilliant and have a whole myriad of colours available. I just bought some of their neon yellow, it really is neon!

I hope you have fun with this, I'd love to do one like that!

Mama D




Would you have a link to that seller on ebay? I've tried and they're not coming up for me...thanks.

mmmmmmmmcake1954 Posted 24 Mar 2011 , 1:32pm
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Sam, You can get the bling on ebay or at haberdashery, I had to buy some a couple of weeks ago. I watched the series as well - amazing!! definitely go for fairy lights, feathers, bling, pink, and the butterflies - and maybe a castle or two icon_lol.gif

Sam_paggers Posted 24 Mar 2011 , 2:26pm
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Originally Posted by mmmmmmmmcake1954

Sam, You can get the bling on ebay or at haberdashery, I had to buy some a couple of weeks ago. I watched the series as well - amazing!! definitely go for fairy lights, feathers, bling, pink, and the butterflies - and maybe a castle or two icon_lol.gif




Haha!!! Not sure i am at castle standard! Just checked ebay for the 'bling ribbon' and found it, thank you for the suggestion!!!

Mama D- i am also unable to find the ebay seller you mean, could you please post a link?

THanks
sam
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Sam_paggers Posted 24 Mar 2011 , 3:49pm
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ah... just having a quick shop on ebay and found pink sugarpaste (looks like seller has some other neon colours but they look pricey):
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=190512152291&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

or there is hot pink gel colour:
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=180642820475&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

Which option do you think is best? I already ahve bulk white sugarpaste so am leaning towards the colouring and this means i can get the shade i want, or is this just too much work for 3 tiers?

thanks
sam
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mmmmmmmmcake1954 Posted 25 Mar 2011 , 10:25am
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Go with the hot pink gel, I bought some of the neon americolor gels - they are BLINDING!!

Sam_paggers Posted 2 Apr 2011 , 5:09pm
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just wanted to thank you all for you input and here is the finished cake:

http://cakecentral.com/gallery/1991466

I did have a silver RI tiara for a topper but my darling boyfriend dropped it when loading the car!! Turned out as i hoped though icon_smile.gif

thanks
sam
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