LB Cakes Posted 29 Nov 2012 , 6:36pm
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Hi, can anybody help...  I've been given no brief from the customer, all she said was she wants a 18Th birthday cake for her son.  I am absolutely stuck for ideas, esp as i do more girlie cakes!!  Can anybody help/give me some inspiration?

 

Thanks

 

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remnant3333 Posted 29 Nov 2012 , 6:43pm
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You need to ask what does he like in order to know what would make him say WOW!! I think you need more information. Is he into sports and what kind? What does he like to do? You need some ideas.  Maybe others will have better ideas than me. I am sure the woman will tell you what he is into which will help you to decide what kind of cake to do!!! Good luck/Mary
 

LB Cakes Posted 29 Nov 2012 , 6:48pm
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I work with his mother and she hasnt got a clue what style/theme he would like!  So i think its just gonna be a round cake with some sort of design/pattern, cant find many male 18th birthday cakes when i search, to get inspiration!!
 

CraftyCassie Posted 29 Nov 2012 , 11:52pm
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What about a theme cake for the month?  Ex.- November (fall), December (Christmas).  Or shades of blue or green polka dots/stripes with a huge 18 on top. 

 

I can't believe the mom has no idea what her son would like.  Kind of tough.  Lets see pics of what you do!  Good luck!

MsGF Posted 30 Nov 2012 , 12:18am
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http://www.make-fabulous-cakes.com/birthday-cake-decorating-stripes-and-bow.html

 

This is nice and simple cake for a male.  I only have son's so I struggle with girlie cakes.

 

My youngest son will be 20 a few days after Christmas.  I am making him a chocolate sponge cake with peanut butter icing, the filling will will have the PB icing with Reese Peanut Butter Cup pieces added.  I am pouring dark chocolate ganache over the top to drip down the sides, and finally I will take small Reese PB cups cut in half around the bottom border.    He loves Reese PB Cups and the Chocolate & PB combination.

 

Something like that might work too.   Or maybe he loves a different type of Chocolate bar or candy you could incorporate.  Good luck and have fun with it.  Boys aren't too hard to please when it comes to cake.

remnant3333 Posted 30 Nov 2012 , 1:30am
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Here's one that could be for a man.

http://images.search.yahoo.com/images/view;_ylt=A2KJkP7oC7hQCBYAvQ2JzbkF;_ylu=X3oDMTBlMTQ4cGxyBHNlYwNzcgRzbGsDaW1n?back=http%3A%2F%2Fimages.search.yahoo.com%2Fsearch%2Fimages%3Fp%3Dsquiggles%2Bparty%2Bcake%255C%26n%3D30%26ei%3Dutf-8%26tab%3Dorganic%26ri%3D34&w=912&h=682&imgurl=www.carolinescakes.com%2Fimages%2FCake_Designs%2FStripes-Squiggles-Happy-Birthday-Cake.jpg&rurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.carolinescakes.com%2Fcarolines-designs.asp&size=116.9+KB&name=Stripes-Squiggles-Happy-Birthday-Cake.jpg&p=squiggles+party+cake\&oid=96192811a16e5f4ccad6600816ef9d99&fr2=&fr=&tt=Stripes-Squiggles-Happy-Birthday-Cake.jpg&b=31&ni=96&no=34&ts=&tab=organic&sigr=11j79qgnq&sigb=1368ektel&sigi=12kmaub8m&.crumb=xyHieJzl7QN

Or you could do a hamburger cake. There are many to look at on the internet. Just a couple of ideas. Maybe someone else will come up with something better.

kiwimiriam Posted 30 Nov 2012 , 4:57am
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For the male members of my family I normally do a Kit Kat barrel cake, or a cake covered in ganache with chocolate drizzled over it.

I don't do any fondant for the males.

 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/62668700@N03/6913388552/in/set-72157627847421964

http://www.flickr.com/photos/62668700@N03/7771589448/in/set-72157627847421964/

Dr_Hfuhruhurr Posted 30 Nov 2012 , 5:14am
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Hmmm... I think a "girlie" cake is exactly what an 18-year old male would like.

Crazy-Gray Posted 30 Nov 2012 , 8:58am
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Hmmm... I think a "girlie" cake is exactly what an 18-year old male would like.

 

 

I Agree! how about a version of this cake - you could include a pole to help her stand up or you could do it lying down- if you go for standing use chocolate buscuit cake and modelling chocolate it's actually really easy!

 

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mcaulir Posted 30 Nov 2012 , 9:05am

This is a mother buying a cake for her teenaged son. I doubt that the average mother would appreciate the cake maker providing a pole dancer for her to give to her son.

 

Here's some less girlie ones.

 

http://cakecentral.com/g/i/1786340/

 

http://cakecentral.com/g/i/2337473

 

http://cakecentral.com/g/i/2031107/

 

http://cakecentral.com/g/i/1997651/

 

 

MsGF Posted 30 Nov 2012 , 1:31pm
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This is a mother buying a cake for her teenaged son. I doubt that the average mother would appreciate the cake maker providing a pole dancer for her to give to her son.

 

 

I totally agree with mcaulir.   I have 2 son's and would never present either of them with a rude cake.   Got to love it when rude and immature people hijack your innocent post.

 

Good luck with your cake.

BakingIrene Posted 30 Nov 2012 , 5:07pm

Go to www.wilton.com and look along the left side of the homepage for the link "pattern locator".  There are many many patterns for all kinds of cakes that can be searched by theme.  You can then use them as you think best--buttercream transfers go over well because they are completely edible.

 

But it won't hurt to ask for some guidance like favourite flavour, occupation, interests. Also ask about ALLERGIES.

Dr_Hfuhruhurr Posted 30 Nov 2012 , 7:58pm
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I totally agree with mcaulir.   I have 2 son's and would never present either of them with a rude cake.   Got to love it when rude and immature people hijack your innocent post.

 

Good luck with your cake.


Wow.  O.o

 

Sorry if I caused offense.  I thought it was a funny play on words.  Obviously, it wasn't serious.

MsGF Posted 30 Nov 2012 , 9:23pm

Dr_Hfuhruhurr       I was a bit offended, but no harm done.  I apologize for the not nice words.  As a mother I feel it would be highly inappropriate  for a mother to give her son a cake like the one you suggested.   Those types of cakes are best left to be given by friends.  Since the OP was about a cake from a mother to a son your ideas made me uncomfortable.   And I did just get your PM.

 

I apologize for my not nice words and I'm sure you were just kidding, it just took me off guard.

 

Take care

 

MsGF

glow0369 Posted 30 Nov 2012 , 9:28pm

I love the look of the argyle on cakes...

MMueller Posted 30 Nov 2012 , 9:47pm
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Wow.  O.o

 

Sorry if I caused offense.  I thought it was a funny play on words.  Obviously, it wasn't serious.


I found it rather amusing actually. 

Based on LB cakes profile I think we can all rest assured that we're talking to a capable adult. I'm sure they're quite able to make a tasteful decision about what cake will be presented to the client in question regardless of any humor that might be interjected here. 

FromScratchSF Posted 30 Nov 2012 , 10:02pm

Lets keep it nice and non-judgy, everyone.  This thread has been flagged and I've gotten 2 separate PMs about it.  I don't see the fuss, so if ya'all can't get along it'll just be deleted.  

MMueller Posted 30 Nov 2012 , 10:45pm

You could make him a 007 cake, or, a big #1 and a #8 on a covered cake board and make each number a different flavor with a different filling sort of like this one: 

 

http://www.londoncake.com/images/002723%20Tom's%20Personalised%2018th%20Birthday%20Cake.jpg

Dr_Hfuhruhurr Posted 30 Nov 2012 , 11:42pm
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Dr_Hfuhruhurr       I was a bit offended, but no harm done.  I apologize for the not nice words.  As a mother I feel it would be highly inappropriate  for a mother to give her son a cake like the one you suggested.   Those types of cakes are best left to be given by friends.  Since the OP was about a cake from a mother to a son your ideas made me uncomfortable.   And I did just get your PM.

 

I apologize for my not nice words and I'm sure you were just kidding, it just took me off guard.

 

Take care

 

MsGF

 

Thanks for the apology.  Not sure if it matters, but by "girlie" cake, I was referring to those giant cakes where the real girl pops out (which I think might only exist on TV).  Hence, the funny.  I didn't think anyone would mistake that for actual advice.

 

Anyway, lest I be accused of not offering anything helpful aside from (attempted) humor... There have been some great suggestions in this thread already.  I particularly think a hamburger cake is pretty broad and likely to please.  But, let me also suggest the possibility that there may be no living 18-year males currently located on the planet Earth that don't enjoy videogames.  (For the record, that's a joke, too--there's probably one kid out there spending all of this time whittling, or something).

 

Seriously, though, I worked as a background investigator for over ten years, and when asking the friends of young men entering the military what their hobbies were, I heard "videogames" 99.9% of the time.  It's reaching the critical mass of music or sports, truly.  Anyway, if the mother is willing, see if she can just ask what her son's favorite videogame is.  Or, take a look at his game shelf and find out the name of the game with the most beaten-up box.  That could provide a really fun topic for a cake, particularly if you do sculpted cakes.

 

Just a thought.  Good luck with it.

mcaulir Posted 1 Dec 2012 , 2:51am
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Originally Posted by Dr_Hfuhruhurr 

 

Thanks for the apology.  Not sure if it matters, but by "girlie" cake, I was referring to those giant cakes where the real girl pops out (which I think might only exist on TV).  Hence, the funny.  I didn't think anyone would mistake that for actual advice.

 

Anyway, lest I be accused of not offering anything helpful aside from (attempted) humor... There have been some great suggestions in this thread already.  I particularly think a hamburger cake is pretty broad and likely to please.  But, let me also suggest the possibility that there may be no living 18-year males currently located on the planet Earth that don't enjoy videogames.  (For the record, that's a joke, too--there's probably one kid out there spending all of this time whittling, or something).

 

Seriously, though, I worked as a background investigator for over ten years, and when asking the friends of young men entering the military what their hobbies were, I heard "videogames" 99.9% of the time.  It's reaching the critical mass of music or sports, truly.  Anyway, if the mother is willing, see if she can just ask what her son's favorite videogame is.  Or, take a look at his game shelf and find out the name of the game with the most beaten-up box.  That could provide a really fun topic for a cake, particularly if you do sculpted cakes.

 

Just a thought.  Good luck with it.

And he probably whittles video game controllers wistfully while wishing he had a real one. :)

LB Cakes Posted 2 Dec 2012 , 7:33am

Thank you to everyone for your great advice!  For the cake i did, green, blue black pinstripes with marbled fondant balls around the bottom and a huge 18 on top!!  They loved it!
 

Danilou Posted 2 Dec 2012 , 10:52am

Can we see a pic?

LB Cakes Posted 2 Dec 2012 , 9:12pm

AI uploaded a pic...... ! X

crezart Posted 5 Dec 2012 , 4:52am

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remnant3333 Posted 5 Dec 2012 , 6:45am

Crezart, you would have to click on the person's id name then you would be able to go and click on all her cake pictures. That is how I saw the cake she made which was very nice for an 18 year old boy. She did a good job. Some people insert the video/picture in the thread they are using and others just post pictures on gallery.
 

LB Cakes Posted 6 Dec 2012 , 8:16pm

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andreamak Posted 8 Dec 2012 , 4:25am

I found it comical as well :)

 

I agree with argyle, or stripes always work well for males. 

Rose6677 Posted 8 Dec 2012 , 3:59pm

AA gift/present looking cake works well too.

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