adven68 Posted 25 Jan 2007 , 5:23pm
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I have to make a cake with chocolate brown and sable. Is sable like a celery green? Lighter? darker? Thanks guys!

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Crimsicle Posted 25 Jan 2007 , 5:55pm
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To me, sable is a dark brown...not blackish...but certainly a dark color. Maybe with golden undertones.

sherry_lyn Posted 25 Jan 2007 , 6:09pm
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I thought sable was a dark brown. Best bet is to get a sample from your customer.

bonniebakes Posted 25 Jan 2007 , 6:12pm
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I was under the impression that sable was a brown also. I've had shelties (dogs) that were the "sable and white" variety and they were several shades of or brown and white.

writer_mom Posted 25 Jan 2007 , 6:19pm
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According to Merriam - Webster dictionary online, sable means black or dark brown.

ShirleyW Posted 25 Jan 2007 , 6:20pm
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When fur coats were the style rage a sable coat was dark brown, darker than mink.

basilikon Posted 25 Jan 2007 , 6:22pm
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Here is the online Merriam-Webster dictionary definition of the word sable:

1 a : the color black b : black clothing worn in mourning -- usually used in plural
2 a or plural sable (1) : a carnivorous mammal (Martes zibellina) of the weasel family that occurs chiefly in northern Asia (2) : any of various animals related to the sable b : the fur or pelt of a sable
3 : the usually dark brown color of the fur of the sable

When in doubt, I myself usually prefer to go with the definition listed first. Also, having an amateur interest in heraldry, I discovered a long time ago that the word 'sable' has been used to refer to the colour black in blazons, or heraldic descriptions of coats of arms.


darandon Posted 25 Jan 2007 , 6:34pm
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to me, sable is a darker brown, with a redish undertone.

SweetResults Posted 25 Jan 2007 , 6:38pm
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Definitly brown, definitly get a swatch. Waaay too many interpretations of that color out there.

mrsright41401 Posted 25 Jan 2007 , 7:07pm

sable is often used to describe the color of sand.


adven68 Posted 25 Jan 2007 , 8:30pm

Oh, my gosh, then what in the world was she telling me. Her exact words were my colors are chocolate brown and sable, which is a light green. Hmmmm.....I better call...

thanks everyone!

SweetResults Posted 25 Jan 2007 , 8:37pm

Good grief - She's got to mean SAGE!!! LOL! icon_lol.gif

jmt1714 Posted 25 Jan 2007 , 10:08pm

just highlights why the person needs to give you a color swatch if they want something specific.

socake Posted 26 Jan 2007 , 12:10am

This is what I thought sable was.

Here is a website with sable in a colour chart! It would also depend on what shade of sable she would like! a colour sample will be esential on this one from the sounds of it!!!

Chef_Stef Posted 26 Jan 2007 , 12:15am

To me chocolate brown and sable would be the SAME COLOR...LOL

Definitely get a color swatch on this one, no two ways around it.

But leave off the peals of laughter until after you hang up the phone with her... icon_lol.gif

subaru Posted 26 Jan 2007 , 12:25am

Well, I'll tell you this........ I can't wait to see the final cake, just so we ALL know what color it is!! Whew!
What ever happened to just plain old color names, I mean like " I want a cake done in light and dark brown." Or " I want a cake done in light green with brown accents." ??????

ibmoser Posted 26 Jan 2007 , 1:41pm

Hmmmmm... Chocolate Brown and Sable - makes me think of the movie Steel Magnolias when the wedding colors were blush and bashful. Sally Field's character, the mother of the bride, said the colors were pink and pink.... Loved that movie! Maybe she meant either sage or celery if "green" came up in the conversation.

subaru Posted 26 Jan 2007 , 3:41pm

ibmoser!!!! I was thinking the exact same thing!!!!!!
"Blush and bashful, I say it's pink and pink. Why the whole sanctuary looks like it's been hosed down with Pepto- Bismal"!!!!!!
One of My very favorite movies!
Maybe these folks should watch it and get a few pointers, Oh wait, then they might ask for an armadillo grooms cake.

grama_j Posted 26 Jan 2007 , 3:52pm

Well, we used to raise Collies, and the were called Sable and white.... that "redish brown" color and white..... Go figure !!

cakesbykellie Posted 26 Jan 2007 , 3:59pm

pink and pink.... lol.... makes me laugh i have a wedding next month in which the colors are champagne and cream.......not much contrast there!!


adven68 Posted 26 Jan 2007 , 11:16pm
Originally Posted by subaru

Well, I'll tell you this........ I can't wait to see the final cake, just so we ALL know what color it is!!

Me too!! icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif

I actually spoke to her. Apparently it's similar to a celery green but more muted. She's a really easy going person, if I'm off a bit, she won't care. Thanks everyone!

SweetResults Posted 26 Jan 2007 , 11:18pm

celery green would be Sage, not Sable. I hope she ordered the right color dresses! Oooh boy!

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