Decorating By RitaValentine Updated 25 Feb 2013 , 7:03pm by -K8memphis

RitaValentine Posted 12 Feb 2013 , 8:01pm
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I have a request for a wedding cake and I am struggling with the colors.  The couple's colors are maroon and dark turqoise and every sketch I do looks like a 4th of July cake- red, white and blue.  No flowers- art deco design elements.  I have never been so stumped on a design plan!

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BakingIrene Posted 12 Feb 2013 , 8:30pm
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These colours work much better on an ivory background. They can look very jewel-like. 


The next thing I would consider is to do most of the piping in ivory with small fill-ins of the colours.


Contact the couple and see if they will go for the "all natural" option of real butter and vanilla to give you that ground shade to work on.

DanaG21 Posted 12 Feb 2013 , 11:08pm
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I agree with Baking Irene.  I would use their colors as the accent colors and put them on a lighter cake (cream, or pearl) or possibly a gold background which would go great with the art deco theme!

kikiandkyle Posted 12 Feb 2013 , 11:22pm
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Have you looked at Art Deco window designs? That might help. 

VicB213 Posted 12 Feb 2013 , 11:45pm
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Have you looked at the art that Tiffany's did during that time... the ideas are endless.

Marianna46 Posted 12 Feb 2013 , 11:59pm
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There are also tons of Art Deco posts on Pinterest. If you want really dark maroon and turquoise for the cake, the best way to go is airbrushing. I have one, but I shy away from it. One of these days I'm going to get really good at it and go to town, but if you're not already into it, I figure there must be a hefty learning curve. However, I just recently discovered that you can paint with airbrush paint using watercolor brushes. That might do the trick for small fondant accents.

RitaValentine Posted 13 Feb 2013 , 1:43am
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Oh!  I hadn't thought of ivory.  Thank you!  That suggestion helps.


I have plenty of examples for the art deco elements- I just had a hard time making the colors work.  :)

RitaValentine Posted 25 Feb 2013 , 2:01am
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This is the end result!  Thanks for the suggestions.


You can't tell in the pic but the "wings" and the stripes are dusted with super pearl.


Izzy Sweet Posted 25 Feb 2013 , 2:08am
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wow that looks awesome.. great job

Marianna46 Posted 25 Feb 2013 , 6:59pm
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Great cake! I love art deco!

-K8memphis Posted 25 Feb 2013 , 7:03pm
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well done--very pretty!!!

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