A customer wants me to do a cake for a maths teacher who is retiring. They want a brown coloured abacus on top of a white fondant cake with mathematical / calculation signs at the side. The thing is, I think the brown and white would look ghastly together. What other colour combinations can I suggest to her that would look more appealing? She doesn't want a multi coloured abacus as its more suited to a childs cake than a teachers.
How about a shade of red or green for the fondant-covered base? I think those colors complement brown really well. Not sure exactly what they want in terms of the math signs, but how about making black rectangles out of fondant to look like a chalkboards and then write things like "2 + 2 = 4" in white royal icing. Just a thought. Good luck!!
Thanks, I like your idea about the shade of green, I'll try to persuade her that it would compliment the brown abacus. By signs I meant mathematical formula signs such as %, < , > , =, + etc.. I was thinking of mentioning to the customer to have them in different colours or maybe in black, green and red to symbolise the colours a teacher uses when marking work. What do you think?
I agree with you, I think you're on the right track. And I think they would stand out more if they are cut out of fondant rather than being piped onto the cake. Good luck with that! Sometimes people only want what THEY want and aren't willing to take suggestions. Be sure to post your cake!
Perhaps Ivory and Brown - as that is keeping your colours within the same colour spectrum.
I'll give her those options