Red, White And Blue...tacky For Wedding?

Decorating By step0nmi Updated 25 Jun 2011 , 4:12pm by cathyscakes

step0nmi Posted 25 Jun 2011 , 6:37am
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So...I am needing other decorators opinions icon_lol.gif

I am making a wedding cake for a woman that use to be a family member...actually I could still call her that since she's my sister's aunt (but it was from a past marriage) ANYWAY icon_razz.gif

She is marrying a man that's in the Marines and I am not sure if we are going a little too far with her "Red, White and Blue" theme. Well, it's Apple Red and Navy Blue...not bright colors.

1. doing a navy blue damask pattern on two of the tiers (top and bottom)
2. middle tier will be white with a red ribbon around the tier and a red monogram "B" for her new last name.
3. apple red poof bow as the topper and a tied bow hanging off the bottom tier.
4. navy blue ribboned Styrofoam separators

today she was INSISTENT on red velvet cake (I hate making it, would rather just make chocolate) and I figured out she is trying to do RED, WHITE, AND BLUE FOR THE CAKE TOO! icon_eek.gif

Is this going too far?
If I make some of the vanilla cake blue...would that be gross at a wedding? tacky? icon_confused.gif would you eat blue cake? (americolor)

I really need to know what others think before I do all of this...I started kinda going with it, but now i'm not sure icon_redface.gif

11 replies
indydebi Posted 25 Jun 2011 , 7:26am
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Did she ask for blue cake?

Statistically, people don't eat blue food because there is no food that is 'naturally' blue. When I was taught this, i was told that even blueberries are not 'true' blue.

My very VERY first wedding cake, the bride wanted a blue cake. I had been taught the blue-food rule before that and tried to convince her that she'd have a lot of leftover cake if she got blue cake because many people are a little (for lack of a better word) repelled by the look of blue cake. She didnt believe it. She had a lot of leftover cake.

tacky is in the eye of the beholder, or in the case, the customer, so I wouldn't worry about that part. But if she is requesting blue cake, I'd caution her about it or at least convince her to make one of the smallest tiers blue.

step0nmi Posted 25 Jun 2011 , 7:54am
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oh debi! thank you so much! I did know this about the color blue :p actually, I suggested it...yea, dummy me. she said to do whatever but I just started thinking it was going to far and didn't know if people would eat it.

it was just when she was insistent on the red velvet i could see what she was trying to do and opened my big mouth LOL...she pretty much trusts me tho icon_biggrin.gif

CreativeCakesbyMichelle Posted 25 Jun 2011 , 9:41am
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I went to a wedding a couple weeks ago and apparently the bride thought it would be a great idea to do "green velvet" cake instead of red velvet because green was their main wedding color. And I don't mean like pastel green, it was GREEN. The entire cake, with white buttercream with green piping. They had a 4 tier square cake and the caterer didn't even cut the bottom tier and there were lots plates of pieces from the upper tiers left sitting on the cake table. And the slices were cut about twice the size of a Wilton wedding serving. Now, I didn't think the cake itself was all that great, mostly because the frosting tasted like cheap supermarket cake frosting, and I only ate half of my piece, so some of the leftover could have been because of quality. But people just didn't seem thrilled with the idea of eating green cake. My boyfriend even thought it looked gross. It just wasn't at all appealing.

So, personally, I'd stay away from coloring the cake blue. As for the red, white, and blue theme, I think it could work if done tastefully. But I personally have a thing against it because my best friend's older sister (completely crazy, manipulative, word that starts with B) had a red, white, and blue theme when she got married a few years ago (which I was forced to be a member of the bridal party for because people seriously can't stand to be around this girl, it sounds mean but it's the truth) and it was like a horrendously tacky 4th of July party. So I've got some pretty bad connotation with the whole red, white, and blue themed wedding idea. But still, I think with the right shades of colors and tasteful decor it could look nice. But I'd still nix the blue cake idea.

grama_j Posted 25 Jun 2011 , 12:16pm
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If you really wanted the "red, white" and blue " theme,why not use white cake with red and blue sprinkles in the batter ? It still tastes GREAT, and yet sticks with the theme........... I do this with graduation cakes to get the school colors in there...... Everyone seems to love the idea......

Jenniferkay Posted 25 Jun 2011 , 12:34pm
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I did a red/white/blue cake last weekend. She did red velvet throughout her cake. It was great. I guess if she really wants to take it to the nth degree then I think sprinkles would be the best option.

cakegirl1973 Posted 25 Jun 2011 , 12:55pm
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How about white cake with blueberry filling. That might be more palatable, and along with her RV cake, she'd have red, white & blue!

cherrycakes Posted 25 Jun 2011 , 12:58pm
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When I make red velvet cake in the summer I add fresh blueberries and raspberries to the filling layers (cream cheese icing). It's a wonderful surprise for those eating it and that way your bride could have the red, white, and blue in each tier of cake.

Sangriacupcake Posted 25 Jun 2011 , 2:02pm
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Originally Posted by grama_j

If you really wanted the "red, white" and blue " theme,why not use white cake with red and blue sprinkles in the batter ? It still tastes GREAT, and yet sticks with the theme........... I do this with graduation cakes to get the school colors in there...... Everyone seems to love the idea......

This seems like a better option...I would personally not eat blue cake. lol

step0nmi Posted 25 Jun 2011 , 2:42pm
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michelle, your story is JUST what I don't want. I'm all about looks when it comes to the cake as well as taste...i would NEVER eat a green cake OR make it! icon_lol.gif

SPRINKLES! icon_surprised.gif don't know why i didn't think of that! duuuuh...thanks everyone, i think i may go for that icon_wink.gif

CWR41 Posted 25 Jun 2011 , 3:46pm
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Originally Posted by step0nmi

would you eat blue cake?

Yes. I color it with dry Kool-Aid mix. All of my neighbors at our block party can't wait for more at our next Independence Day celebration! I make each tier three layers tall; a red velvet, white, and blue (the blue has a citrus taste to it, and it's everyone's favorite).

cathyscakes Posted 25 Jun 2011 , 4:12pm
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I have been to many kids parties who get there cakes from our local grocery store. They use so much food color in there icing that its such a mess, blue teeth, stained clothes, I find it so unappetizing. I think it would be a better idea (like cake girl suggested) to have the blueberry fillings, that would be pretty.

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