Sheet Cake With Chocolate Icing That Doesn't Look Ugly?

Decorating By marya92 Updated 20 Jul 2015 , 5:00pm by ChefKitty

marya92 Posted 16 Jul 2015 , 9:12pm
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I have to do a graduation sheet cake for a friend's graduation. I think brown background on a cake looks ugly. Is there any way to make the cake look attractive? My friend also said I could do flowers instead of a graduation theme if that looks better. Any thoughts?

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-K8memphis Posted 17 Jul 2015 , 3:52pm
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painting with such a broad brush saying that 'brown background cakes are ugly' tends to either reflect bad on  everyone who ever did one or it reflects badly on yours --

so putting it that way makes it difficult to respond because one of us potentially could be insulted -- although I am not insulted --

all you have to do is make it prettier -- even chocolate scrolls on chocolate cake I mean seriously beauty is in the eye of the beholder -- you've identified your problem that's half the battle right?

for example in the winter one person sees unappealing leafless naked trees another person sees the awesome work of  God's freeform lacework in all the entangling/entagleded branches --

if you can be more specific maybe i can help

best to you in all the colors even in brown

remnant3333 Posted 18 Jul 2015 , 5:14am
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I have done brown chocolate icing and did colorful buttercream flowers with green leaves. Everyone loved the cake. I think it will come out better than you think!! Be sure to post a picture!! You can never go wrong with flower cakes!! Have fun!! I love doing cakes with flowers!!

carolinecakes Posted 18 Jul 2015 , 5:39am
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Here's a look at some beauties. Not sheet cakes but the styles can be applied. Just to get those creative juices going.......

carolinecakes Posted 18 Jul 2015 , 5:43am
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Hey where did the pics go......oh well let me try again55a9e794d2799.jpeg55a9e7951367e.jpeg55a9e7954f613.jpeg55a9e7957638c.jpeg

carolinecakes Posted 18 Jul 2015 , 5:55am
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55a9ea4d9f930.jpegOne more..........last one I promise

remnant3333 Posted 18 Jul 2015 , 1:54pm
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I really love the second and last picture!!! They look lovely!!!

marya92 Posted 18 Jul 2015 , 3:39pm
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I love the second picture too. I'm just not sure how to do a graduation theme. Black graduation caps probably won't show up well on a brown bakcground. She said I could do flowers if it would look better. Any thoughts on a graduation theme?

Pastrybaglady Posted 18 Jul 2015 , 4:00pm
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You could go with the diploma and school colors as accents.  You could have the diploma rolled with flowers or confetti and the cap resting on the side.  Or you could have the unrolled diploma in fondant with the cap lying on it.  The whole thing could be removed if the client is a "I hate fondant!" person.

carolinecakes Posted 18 Jul 2015 , 4:35pm
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Pastrybaglady Posted 18 Jul 2015 , 4:38pm
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 That's a great cake but it's a pretty far cry from a sheet cake!

carolinecakes Posted 18 Jul 2015 , 4:43pm
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Oh yes I agree, wanted her to see how the black hat looks on the brown cake.

carolinecakes Posted 18 Jul 2015 , 4:53pm
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When I'm in need of inspiration. I take a look at Pinterest , you can search for exactly what you are looking for and the CC gallery. I find Pinterest easier to navigate but that's just me. Let us see your finished product. Good luck.

marya92 Posted 18 Jul 2015 , 4:59pm
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She's graduting from Ohio State and the school colors are red and grey- not a fabulous contrast to brown :(

Pastrybaglady Posted 18 Jul 2015 , 5:27pm
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You definitely have some challenges!  Does the cake have to be chocolate buttercream?  If so, can it be covered in a different color fondant so you have more options?

-K8memphis Posted 18 Jul 2015 , 7:24pm
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pipe a little white cloud to set it on or whatever color to create a contrast or pipe a tiny border like a snail trail around it in the contrasting color you like --

Singerssoul Posted 18 Jul 2015 , 8:37pm
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Maybe a brown cap instead of this:

Graduation Cakes

Or a white cap with flowers like this:

Graduation Sheet Cakes

I like this one too:


I just googled to get these examples.  There are others, that you could do and provide a beautiful cake. :)

Singerssoul Posted 18 Jul 2015 , 8:43pm
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Or like this:


or this:


So lots of ways to honor the request and provide a lovely cake.

carolinecakes Posted 18 Jul 2015 , 9:00pm
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I was just looking at those......

There you go, lots of ideas to work with, think yummy chocolate, celebration graduation, CAKE.

marya92 Posted 19 Jul 2015 , 1:35pm
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I love the second to last one that says "Congratulations Rena." It looks like ganache. Anyone have any idea how they got such a smooth coat?

sparkledee3 Posted 19 Jul 2015 , 3:28pm
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The one with the photo  is my favorite!!

ChefKitty Posted 20 Jul 2015 , 5:00pm
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@marya92   It looks like a glaze, to me. I've done something similar in the past by ganaching the whole cake smooth, then melting my excess and pouring it over for that glossy finish.

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