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Ever had a cake you KNEW was gonna be ugly?

post #1 of 36
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I was contacted by a client for a baby shower cake next month. She is VERY specific about what she wants (especially colors) and I just think it's gonna be ugly. Hard to get excited about making it when I think the colors are not going to look right. :(

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post #2 of 36

I have had that happen on numerous occasions.  Most often if you think it won't turn out looking good it doesn't.  I only had one time where I thought the colors would be hideous together that actually turned out looking great.  

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Ugh. I'm hoping I can gently guide her away from her color choices. She wants a 2 tiered gray cake with white, magenta and turquoise polka dots. Topped two turquoise and magenta flowers. I can see the turquoise and magenta together, but the gray is what I think is throwing me off. I think it's gonna be a hot mess.

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post #4 of 36

Oh my YES!! I had that happen w/a wedding cake. I hated it but the bride loved it - go figure. I did take pix of it but have since lost them - good riddence :)

post #5 of 36

The grey is going to be awesome with that color palette. Maybe not your cup of tea, but it's very in right now to use grey to complement deep/bright colors. 

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post #6 of 36

That sounds beautiful! Seriously better than the typical colors we're given! But yes, to answer your question, yes. And they just don't get posted. ;)

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post #7 of 36
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Originally Posted by jenmat View Post

The grey is going to be awesome with that color palette. Maybe not your cup of tea, but it's very in right now to use grey to complement deep/bright colors. 
Gosh I hope you're right. I'm afraid that much gray and the multi color polka dots are going to look really busy-- almost circus instead of elegant.
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That sounds beautiful! Seriously better than the typical colors we're given! But yes, to answer your question, yes. And they just don't get posted. icon_wink.gif
I defer to the master!! icon_smile.gif If AZCouture says it's going to be ok, I'll sleep tonight!!
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Thank you both, you've both have so much more experience -- chalk it up to newbie nerves I guess!
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post #10 of 36

Grey and white are both pretty neutral, so there's really only two 'colours' there, so I wouldn't call that 'multi-coloured'. Use mostly white polka dots with the magenta and turquoise here and there. I think it sounds nice.

 

However, I've definitely been given designs that won't look good. And you're right - you can't really get excited about doing them.

post #11 of 36

I actually think it tends to make things look clean and crisp instead of busy, I find patterns on white look busier than on gray.

 

That said, I just made a wedding cake last month that was everything I hate about cakes. Two yellow lily cascades, little flowers all over the cake, bows, pearls and ribbon all in orange and pink.

She gave me a super detailed sketch, and cried when she saw it she was so happy, (I almost cried for a totally different reason, lol.)

If I have a client that has such detailed requests, I never try to change them, especially for a bride. No matter how tactful, there's very rarely a nice way of saying, "you're idea will look ugly."

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Ugh. I'm hoping I can gently guide her away from her color choices. She wants a 2 tiered gray cake with white, magenta and turquoise polka dots. Topped two turquoise and magenta flowers. I can see the turquoise and magenta together, but the gray is what I think is throwing me off. I think it's gonna be a hot mess.

I have a scarf with that color palette and love it!

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Oh my goodness, I am so glad so many have used these together and they work! Elcee, thank you!!!  In my mind, I was seeing dark, dark and dark color and just couldn't really picture it.  The title of the post should've been  -- WOULD these colors work! My freak out was a little premature - thank you so much for talking me off the ledge. icon_smile.gif I was dreading it, but now I'm curious and excited to try it. Thank you - y'all are awesome!!

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post #14 of 36

personally I love those three colors together- and they all do go together too- design wise.

Please post a photo of of it when you've done it!

post #15 of 36

I had a bride that wanted the cake with all the tiny flowers all over it, where they are concentrated on the top, and go down to just a few on the bottom, with off white buttercream, salmon, poppy red, and bright blue flowers. I thought I was going to puke. I wound up giving her deposit back. But I think that the palette you have CAN look really nice.

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