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Beach Theme cake, how to make coral?

post #1 of 25
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I have seen lots of beautiful photos of beach theme cakes and I was wondering how you guys make the coral? Is it best to try to mold it out of gumpaste or do most of you use RI?

Also, I need to put Happy Birthday on the cake, what kind of creative ways can I put it on there without actually writing it on there in icing?

This cake is for a very special surprise birthday party at a nice restaurant by the beach. My customer wants an elegant beach theme to impress his wife (and the guests!).

Any suggestions on this cake would be fantastic. Ive never done a beach themed cake before. The only thing I was thinking is that I dont want to make it look like a wedding cake. I was thinking of using maybe brighter colors for the fondant icing, and maybe just lighter shells? I dont know guys. I guess Ill search the photos some more. icon_sad.gif
post #2 of 25
I make my coral out of RI....It's fun to come up with different shapes, and you can color the RI to make it look colorful like in a real coral reef.
Can you use fondant to make the Happy Birthday words? Perhaps like wooden planks? How about little logs rolled out of fondant, to spell out the words?
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post #3 of 25
I used royal icing and sprinkled non perials on them. You could also use the coral effect to write out happy birthday.
post #4 of 25
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Oh wow great ideas! I was wondering about the texture, non perials are a great idea. I thought the same thing about making happy birthday in coral, but I didnt know how to go about it. I think it would be easy with RI, maybe not so much with gumpaste.

Do you guys have any photos of your coral? Id love to see some for examples. icon_smile.gif



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post #5 of 25
I made my coral and other sea life with a 50/50 fondant and gum paste mix (in my pics) As for the writing...could you make it like it was written in the sand? Like, cover the 'sand' area in cookie crumbs (nilla wafers or graham crackers) and drag a tooth pick through it
post #6 of 25
I do like the idea of the words being made out of coral. I think it would look a lot more elegant than what I suggested, since you want it to look really adult, and fancy. I will have to see if I have a pic I can upload with the coral on it, that I have done.
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post #7 of 25
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Oh I love the sand idea and saw it in a few photos, but my concern is travel. I actually have to deliver this cake about 90 minutes away. I thought maybe the writing in the sand would get messed up from the vibration of the car. Well, I guess I could always re-write it when I got there. Only thing is the restaurant staff and who knows who else is going to be handling the thing...which makes me a little nervous. Is there something I can do to the sand to secure it?

You know, on the same note, if I were to make the coral-birthday message, how could I make that strong enough to endure travel and handling?
post #8 of 25
I forgot to tell you that I have a wedding cake due August 1 that will be beach themed. The icing will be a PB buttercream, so it will already be a light tan. I will be putting small flowers on each tier that looks like something you would find growing on the beach. I am making shells from white chocolate (using molds). I will soflty marble the white chocolate so there are a couple of different colors to them. Then I will do the coral from RI. I think I will leave it white so there isn't too much color from everything. I am going to make a tiny crab, and maybe a seahorse to set among the shells. They have a monogram they want on top.
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post #9 of 25
I'm thinking a clam shell with "Happy Birthday" in it would be nice. Don't really know how to do it though. Just brainstorming.
post #10 of 25
You could make her a sandcastle....
post #11 of 25
I made my coral out of candymelts,I used a piping bag with a #2 tip and just piped them on to wax paper and let harden. Then I was able to dust them with luster dust to give them some depth and highlight the textured parts. Here's a pic of it[url] http://www.cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1246020[/url]

For the Happy Birthday I like the idea of writing it in coral.
post #12 of 25
on amazing wedding cakes last night they did a coral cake. the coral was made out of fondant and he mixed in non perils and some glitter into the fondant to give it texture. I thought that was a great idea and it looked very real.
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post #13 of 25
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Originally Posted by CakeMommyTX

I made my coral out of candymelts,I used a piping bag with a #2 tip and just piped them on to wax paper and let harden. Then I was able to dust them with luster dust to give them some depth and highlight the textured parts. Here's a pic of it[url] http://www.cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1246020[/url]

For the Happy Birthday I like the idea of writing it in coral.



I love your coral! Very pretty.

I also like the idea of using the non perials for texture. Mixing it into the fondant seems interesting. I think trying to mold fondant would be a lot harder than just piping some squiggles with RI or chocolate. Im not skilled with fondant at all. Ive covered a few cakes with it, but I think I may stay away from molding things with it until Im a little more comfortable handling it.

Well I think I will just practice a bit and see what I like. I think RI is the way to go, especially if Im going to write out happy birthday in it. Thanks for all the comments, guys, you have given me a lot to think about. icon_smile.gif
post #14 of 25
You can also use rock sugar if you know how to make it, looks very real and you can make it any colour you want.
post #15 of 25
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How would you do that?
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