Striped Tier Always On The Bottom?

Decorating By Beansss Updated 10 Oct 2011 , 12:41am by Beansss

Beansss Posted 23 Jun 2011 , 12:50am
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I am designing and making a cake for a friend -

Top tier - black with UG logo
Middle tier - white with red and black stripes
bottom tier - red with black fondant graduation hats

But as I'm looking at other cakes, it seems that most people put their striped tier on the bottom. Do you find this more visually appealing? After seeing all the other cakes, I'm thinking of switching the middle and bottom tiers... Thoughts on striped tiers?

8 replies
DianeLM Posted 23 Jun 2011 , 1:44am
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I suggest sketching it out in color to see how you like it. I prefer the stripes on the bottom on TWO tier cakes, but on THREE tier cakes, it's just a matter of design. Here's a couple of examples of the stripes on the middle tier.

http://cakecentral.com/gallery/1216111
http://cakecentral.com/gallery/556983

mena2002 Posted 23 Jun 2011 , 6:05am
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I guess it depends on the design of the cake.

Your cake description sounds great, I wouldn't change it up.

Beansss Posted 23 Jun 2011 , 11:19am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by DianeLM

I suggest sketching it out in color to see how you like it. I prefer the stripes on the bottom on TWO tier cakes, but on THREE tier cakes, it's just a matter of design. Here's a couple of examples of the stripes on the middle tier.

http://cakecentral.com/gallery/1216111
http://cakecentral.com/gallery/556983




Thanks for finding those pictures for me. It was very helpful to see cakes with the striped tier in the middle!

I added my sketch to my photos if anyone would like to take a look at it.
http://cakecentral.com/gallery/2077084

Thanks again! icon_smile.gif

Reimagining_Confections Posted 23 Jun 2011 , 11:36am
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Nice design, but in my art classes, our instructors recommend bold items like stripes should go near the bottom of art work. Stripes tend to ground things(especially when they are vertical).

Your cake having the black tier on top , white in the middle and red on the bottom is nice. but I would put your graduation hats on the middle(they will pop more on white), then add the stripes to the bottom tier(the red stripes will be the layer of fondant or buttercream underneath - give you a more 3-D look to your cake and decrease your workload- no making red stripes).

Good luck and be sure to post pics of your masterpiece when it is complete icon_smile.gif

kimmisue2009 Posted 23 Jun 2011 , 12:38pm
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First of all, I have learned - on here as much as anywhere - that nothing always anything. Makes sense, right? For every rule, you will find someone who will successfully break it. Your design looks great. I am no designer, and sometimes my taste is all in my mouth, but I can see as well as anyone what works. And, I have no second of all..........

Beansss Posted 23 Jun 2011 , 1:31pm
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Originally Posted by Reimagining_Confections

Nice design, but in my art classes, our instructors recommend bold items like stripes should go near the bottom of art work. Stripes tend to ground things(especially when they are vertical).

Your cake having the black tier on top , white in the middle and red on the bottom is nice. but I would put your graduation hats on the middle(they will pop more on white), then add the stripes to the bottom tier(the red stripes will be the layer of fondant or buttercream underneath - give you a more 3-D look to your cake and decrease your workload- no making red stripes).

Good luck and be sure to post pics of your masterpiece when it is complete icon_smile.gif




Thank you for this input! I think I just had an Oprah "aha" moment, lol. Thanks for helping me to think of it in a new way - I like the idea of the red fondant under the stripes. I will give that idea some serious consideration.

Beansss Posted 23 Jun 2011 , 1:33pm
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Originally Posted by kimmisue2009

First of all, I have learned - on here as much as anywhere - that nothing always anything. Makes sense, right? For every rule, you will find someone who will successfully break it. Your design looks great. I am no designer, and sometimes my taste is all in my mouth, but I can see as well as anyone what works. And, I have no second of all..........




Thank you and does make sense! I'm not sure I'm at the level where I will be the one to successfully break any rules yet though, lol. icon_smile.gif

Beansss Posted 10 Oct 2011 , 12:41am
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For those interested, here's how the final cake turned out:

http://cakecentral.com/gallery/2176433

Thanks again for all the advice! icon_smile.gif

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