Hawaiian/luau Birthday Cake Ideas

Decorating By katj012 Updated 22 Jun 2011 , 5:48pm by momsgoodies

katj012 Posted 22 Jun 2011 , 4:22pm
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So for my first official order out of school, I get to make a cake for my aunt's surprise birthday party next month. They are doing a Hawaiian/Luau theme, and I've having trouble settling on some ideas.

My ideas so far are... 1) to do a blue bottom layer and a gold top layer and then airbrush them to look like water and sunset. 2) to do a light blue cake and adorn with a plumeria lei and some hibiscus flowers 3) to make some chocolate seashells to put along the bottom 4) to make mini half-egg-shaped cakes and make them look like pineapples and stick them to the sides of the real cake

I keep coming up with new things, and my mind is going crazy! Any solid ideas out there that aren't going to end up looking tacky??

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ddaigle Posted 22 Jun 2011 , 4:41pm
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My 2 most recent pics in my gallery were Luau related.

KatieKraft Posted 22 Jun 2011 , 4:43pm
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I love luau cakes. My faves are the ones with tiki head tiers and grass skirt tiers. You could do a grass skirt tier, a middle tier in a tropical blue with the lei around it and the tiki head on top with a bamboo style border. It's more of a jovial design.

If you wanted something more sophisticated you could do the tiers and a gradual sunset coloring and do a cascade of tropical flowers or have the lei flowing down the tiers. You could do the board in a water motif so the cake really represents the sunset.

artscallion Posted 22 Jun 2011 , 4:47pm
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I did the attached for my M-I-L's Hawaiian Luau 80th BDay. I thought it was colorful and Hawaiian without going the usual tiki/hibiscus route (not that I don't love those too. But this was an evening, more formal luau.) for the stand, I bought "stone" floor tiles from Home Depot for $1.99 each, in two sizes. I gorilla glued wooden drawer pulls as legs and stacked them. Gave it a real Hawaiian feel.


Buttercream_warrior Posted 22 Jun 2011 , 4:48pm
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heres one i did a couple of months ago..hope it helps a little

katj012 Posted 22 Jun 2011 , 5:00pm
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Thanks everyone!

ddaigle - your cakes are AMAZING, I was looking through all your pictures!

KatieKraft - thanks for the ideas too, although I'm trying to stay away from tiki heads (mainly because unless I find a mold, I just don't have time for anything like that!).

Artscallion - that is so neat! Do you have a side view of the cake with the stand? And how did you do the scroll work - is that gum paste or fondant?

warrior - very beautiful, I love the colors, and I love the sand - that was one of my ideas, to cover the cake board in crushed graham crackers for a sand-like feel.

I would LOVE to try to do a topsy-turvy cake... or do people think that wouldn't really fit with this theme?

artscallion Posted 22 Jun 2011 , 5:18pm
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Originally Posted by katj012

Thanks everyone!

Artscallion - that is so neat! Do you have a side view of the cake with the stand? And how did you do the scroll work - is that gum paste or fondant?

I'm pretty sure I have a side view pic at home. I'm at work now, but I'll check later. The scroll work was done with fondant and a Makin clay extruder. Just squeezed out some ropes and placed them in curly shapes.

momsgoodies Posted 22 Jun 2011 , 5:48pm
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I did a Luau cake. You can see it in my photos. The upper part of the girst were dolls. The skirt are cake. HTH

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