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post #16 of 27
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thank you again!
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post #17 of 27
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Patio Garden... impression mat for floor (would prefer to use chocolate where I can instead of fondant...where it will be eaten), something for the staggered concrete block walls between houses... rice crispy treats covered in fondant with brick impression mat used... paint gray?.. dowel them in? Black RI wrought iron fence across back.... Easy to break? how to support? Then I can put flower vines and rose buds on the fence. How to make the rose bushes and tiny pots with tiny flowers. Chocolate cookie crumb planters on sides with some kind of brick thing edger (what?) How to make trees? Sugar gun trunk.. how to do bushy tops? Now for another hurdle.... a man sitting on a chair with artist easel in front of him...painting. (another hobby of his)...

OK now help with how to execute this! I can use 1/2 sheet cake pan.... Don't leave me now guys!
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post #18 of 27
For the Concreat wall....my first thought would be to either get a candy mold of little squares and just mix grey with white chocolate and mold all the bricks. If thats not possible I would do form them out of Fondant or White Chocolate Modeling paste colored with Dove Grey Petal dust (this will help give it an inconsistant color like cement has). Then when you go to stack your little bricks let them semi dry then use toothpicks or BBQ skewers to hold them vertical. If you assemble them upside down then you'll have the extra wood to stick into the cake when you put it in, you can also create a nice curve or a soft
S" shape doing it this way
If you want to make a Wroght Iron R.I. fence I'd say start with supports, a heavy gauge wire and pipe the royal icing over it for the sides then maybe pipe all the stuff in between, it will still be very delicate so make a few. Or you could use the wire then cut a square of fondant and pipe it all onto that so it's less likely to break.
For the mini's I would use Modeling Chocolate, these will make your eyes hurt after doing so many so start with enough time so you can rest your eyes. For Pots I'd just form little balls of the Chocolate then work them into the shape of pots, do some kinda spanish and round and others can be made in that "V" shape.
For a tree I would use gumpaste or Modeling Chocolate that has an internal bbq skewer then wrap heavy gauge wire around em and use superglue and floral tape to give it support. Once you have your support set you can roll strips of your product and just attach them to the tree stucture and use modeling tools to smooth the junctures but still have that rough root like look (see pic attached). Then you can pipe green royal icing or marshmellow to make leaves. I wouldnt use the sugar gun just cuz you'd want that hand rolled inconsistancy to give it a natural look.
To make the man I'd go to micheals and pick up those Silicon face molds used for Clay making. Maybe you can cheat on the chair and use one from a doll house? Then mold him onto it with his easel.

I hope I posted the pic right, sorry if it does it twice, I'm new to attaching.
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post #19 of 27
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Thank you Hula girl...wonderful ideas ...again!
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post #20 of 27
Jopalis,
Did you ever make this garden cake for your neighbor? I would love to see a picture of it.
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post #21 of 27
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No... I ended up making the really large chocolate cake in my pictures that has the chocolate star tranfers and candy clay roses.... The party got a lot bigger and more formal than expected.... I still love that idea though. Jo
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post #22 of 27
Oh well, you can keep that idea for another time. BTW: I just looked at the chocolate cake you made for him. It was truly awesome. You did a great job! I really loved the roses.
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post #23 of 27
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Awwww shucks.... Thank you so much!!! It was a chocolate monster! LOL! My kitchen smelled like chocolate for days.... LOL! It was very well received. It was also a very expensive gift! But it was worth it.
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post #24 of 27
All those ideas sound great, but I have one more that I think he would really appreciate. Look up what his birth flower is, and use that on the cake. If he's really into gardening he might recognize it and find that really thoughtful. My birth month is May and the flower is Lily of the Valley, I used it in my bridal bouquet.
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post #25 of 27
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Awwww shucks.... Thank you so much!!! It was a chocolate monster! LOL! My kitchen smelled like chocolate for days.... LOL! It was very well received. It was also a very expensive gift! But it was worth it.



YUMMMMMMMM . . . the smell of chocolate for days . . . that wouldn't be so bad! thumbs_up.gif LOL Maybe we should invent an air freshener that mists the scent of chocolate into the room. icon_biggrin.gif I am glad that he liked it and I agree that it was a very expensive gift. The expression on their faces and the gratitude they show makes it all worthwhile doesn't it?
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post #26 of 27
I made this garden cake for my uncle. I even made the marzipan watermelon red on the inside and put a layer of green and then stripes of lighter green on the outside. I sliced it and served it with the cake. I made them the night before the party and everyone raved how fresh and soft they were!
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post #27 of 27
Oh how precious. I have never worked with marizipan though I have wanted to for quite some time. Keep up the good work.
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