Amberwaves Posted 28 Jul 2012 , 7:35pm
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My customer is also a good friend and just lost his 45 year old wife suddenly from a massive heart attack. He is asking for a tribute cake for her and has left all design up to me other than he wants a few of her interests represented on the cake (music, knitting, crafting, reading) and sugar roses. The cake needs to serve 50 people.

My dilemma--how to accomplish this in good taste without making a cluttered mess or something in bad taste? What is appropriate on a cake at a funeral?

He is so distraught I really don't want to bother him for any more feedback.

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kimbm04r Posted 28 Jul 2012 , 7:48pm
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I would suggest an arrangement of roses (buttercream or any media you prefer) and a set of knitting needles with a few music notes in gumpaste or fondant/gumpaste . This could be done easily enough on a 12 x 18 sheet cake.

MimiFix Posted 28 Jul 2012 , 8:02pm
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My condolences. Myra has a good idea; a sheet cake is simple and nice. Your friend suggested four subjects - music, knitting, crafting, reading - and a small design of each would also be appropriate for each corner.

kakeladi Posted 28 Jul 2012 , 8:27pm
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I also like the suggestion. If done with small notes and needles tucked into the roses it will be very nice.
I usually think of a sweet floral cake for that occasion - it's aimed mainly at the family to help them see something nice/beautiful in their sorrow.

Apti Posted 28 Jul 2012 , 8:59pm
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Amber, the suggestions above are excellent. If you wish to provide something other than a sheet cake, a 10" square cake would make an excellent presentation, and you could utilize the ideas above.

A 10"x4" square cake has 50 wedding sized servings which are quite small, so if you wished to allow for larger servings, you could use a 12" (two, 2" layers for a total 4" height) square pan.

carmijok Posted 28 Jul 2012 , 9:07pm
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Don't know if you want any lettering on it or not, but something like 'A life well lived' might tie in with the tribute theme and your items.

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