40Th Birthday Cake Ideas

Decorating By daisyanita Updated 18 Aug 2011 , 7:19pm by grandmomof1

daisyanita Posted 16 Aug 2011 , 8:41am
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Cake making is just a hobby for me at the moment, but my family has cottoned on to the idea and are asking me more and more to make cakes for special occasions. My brother-in-law turns 40 in October and they have asked me to make his cake.

Any ideas on something interesting??
His interests are - offroad bikes, hunting (african game for culling purposes), golf and I think that's about it.

Thanks!

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SarahBeth3 Posted 16 Aug 2011 , 3:12pm
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How about him racing his bike across a golf course against some African animals with a finish line @ "hole 40"?

daisyanita Posted 18 Aug 2011 , 2:09pm
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Hee - I like that - I can picture it already ... BUT how would I make it icon_sad.gif

SarahBeth3 Posted 18 Aug 2011 , 3:10pm
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Well, I guess the way I would do it is take a sheet cake, add some scraps for a hill or two and cover in green BC with a grass tip, leaving a spot for a sand (brown sugar) pit and a another for a pond (light blue piping gel). Roll out fondant in a few thin, imperfect circles in a green slightly lighter than the BC. Place one at one end of the sheet cake, this will be the green for "hole 40" where the finish line will be. Cut out very small circles where you want the holes and fill with the same size circle cut from black fondant. Add trees and such if you want. Try to leave the center somewhat clear of any of these obstacles. Then model the animals and your B-I-L on his bike and place toothpicks in their feet/wheels so they can be placed down the center of the cake in race form. If you don't have the time or don't feel like you could properly model the animals, you can just buy some plastic ones. Check out Wal-mart or other similar places and see if they have a kit for a safari cake that has the animals you are looking for. They are usually good about selling just the kits. Also, try Oriental Trading Company or even the Dollar Tree. They probably won't be running but...

For the flag in "Hole 40", you could use a lollipop stick or a wire covered in fondant and then cut out your triangle for the flag and pipe on a 40. For a finish line, you could have a string with small thin triangles or rectangles of fondant or gum paste that have been formed with the string running through them. Let them dry before hanging the finish line up. The finish line could be strung between 2 wires covered in fondant/ gum paste, or one of your trees and the "hole 40" flagpole.

Does that help at all? Not sure if that was what you were wanting, but that's how I pictured it and my thought on it anyway, for what it's worth.

SarahBeth3 Posted 18 Aug 2011 , 3:20pm
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You might be able to find some good modeling tutorials here for the animals:

http://cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-672099-modeling.html

kakeladi Posted 18 Aug 2011 , 3:42pm
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Sara's idea is great icon_smile.gif Ambisious(sp?) but great.
Another way to introduce the animals & bike w/rider is to make fondant plaques and place edible icing sheet pictures on them. Here's an example of what I mean:
http://cakecentral.com/gallery/1325441 and http://cakecentral.com/gallery/28119


For animals use cookie cutters to cut out fondant:
http://cakecentral.com/gallery/1332832 and http://cakecentral.com/gallery/1293683

daisyanita Posted 18 Aug 2011 , 5:15pm
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Originally Posted by SarahBeth3



Does that help at all? Not sure if that was what you were wanting, but that's how I pictured it and my thought on it anyway, for what it's worth.




Fabulous! It's given me a great plan! Thank you icon_smile.gif - May try kakaladi's idea if I don't get the modelling right.

Thanks!

SarahBeth3 Posted 18 Aug 2011 , 7:01pm
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Originally Posted by kakeladi


Another way to introduce the animals & bike w/rider is to make fondant plaques and place edible icing sheet pictures on them. Here's an example of what I mean:
http://cakecentral.com/gallery/1325441 and http://cakecentral.com/gallery/28119


For animals use cookie cutters to cut out fondant:
http://cakecentral.com/gallery/1332832 and http://cakecentral.com/gallery/1293683




Great idea! I would have never thought of that! I did something some what similar with gumpaste plaque for an owl:

http://cakecentral.com/gallery/2112522

grandmomof1 Posted 18 Aug 2011 , 7:19pm
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How "querky" do you want to get? The guy I made this cake for was a biker and his wife wanted to "roast" him on his 50th. It's hard to see in the photos, but on one layer I made a mountain range and on the other it was a forest.

http://cakecentral.com//gallery/2077627

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