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How the @&%! do I appoach this cake request!!!PLEASE HEL

post #1 of 48
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OK, So I have an order to make this picture into a D cake. I am thinking RCT covered in fondant and sprayed Silver and apply the details after but any ideas where to start with this project????
LL
post #2 of 48
OMG!
post #3 of 48
I second that, revel!

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Who even asked you to do this?? I'm just a novice, for sure, so my approach would be something along the lines of an edible image, plaque, or even a FBCT.

Sorry I'm not much help.
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post #4 of 48
I would do a fbct, but I'm still fairly new. If you do 3d, make sure it's well worth your time!
post #5 of 48
If you do that in 3D, first, charge them a bizillion dollars for it, and second, post the picture so we can see it!

I'd tell the person I'd put the picture on the cake with a transfer method of her choice, but no way I'd do that 3D.

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post #6 of 48
Yea right! No way I'd be able to duplicate that! I'd stick w/ FBCT, color flow image or something of that nature. Maybe a life-time caker can give you better advice.

GOOD LUCK!!! And post your picture...can't wait to see!

Tippyad
post #7 of 48
here's a start.

note diagram in lower right corner....
the board is not a normal shape but specially tapered toward the tail and has little wings for the knees.

then lower left corner -- side view of supports -- remember TWO of the front ones

then overlay on pic -- generally idea of how the supports go inside the cake.

ALL supports are copper or plastic tubing-- type used for WATER in a home (ie food grade) attach by drilling, screwing and using flanges. Curved supports for tail and arms will have to be copper so you can shape/bend them

Board is plywood.

tail & head -- RKT

main body -- i'd start w/ wonder mold and then build up w/ added pieces of cake from rounds or sheets.

legs -- squares of cake cut / fitted / carved -- should be very angular.

hide back support that hold ups tail-end by crafting a crushed car or building around it -- so it looks like he just wholloped it!

HTH
LL
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post #8 of 48
If you want a sturdy structure you could always use pvc pipe with the elbow and t connectors to "build" the basic structure of the dinosaur. I think you will need something stiff like that to ensure that the tail holds up. I watch all the Food Network cake contests, they make using armatures look simple. Good luck, please keep us posted and take pictures!!!!!!

Melanie
post #9 of 48
Doug, you're great!!!! I'm sure I'm commenting for everyone.
post #10 of 48
DOUG=GENIOUS! My idea would be to just run away, his idea is much better!
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post #11 of 48
Holy cow!!!! icon_eek.gif I think I would go with a transfer, edible image or draw it on with icing. I don't think I'd attemp a 3D sculpture...well, mayba a laying down one, but not standing up.
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post #12 of 48
forgot to add....there would be an oversize plywood baseboard that this thing would rise from...with the copper pipes firmly attached to it too.

it would extend at least 3 inches in all directions past the longest/widest point of the cake.
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post #13 of 48
HOLY MOLELY!! I second to motion to charge an arm & a leg. Have you quoted the customer a price yet? Maybe when you disclose the price, they may change their mind.
Good luck!
post #14 of 48
First off, you are so very brave to attempt this, my hat is off to you!!!! Second is that an actual Transformer? My sons 2 fav things are Transformers and Dinsaurs so he would love this, and his b-day is coming up!

Ok back to you, Doug is a cake building genius if anyone can help you its him! Also I would go with what everyone else says and charge and arm and a leg, maybe you can set up a finance plan for the customer?And please post pics when you are done!!!
post #15 of 48
Thread Starter 
Doug, I think I love you !!!! That diagram is awesome. I'm going for it. This cake if for my husbands BFF. So I am pretty sure I'm not getting paid but my DH is paying for all the supplies and making the support system. I will chalk it up to a HUGE challange and one for the portfolio. I am really wishing I had an airbrush right now. I will post the pics next week. Thank you all for your help and cross your fingers for me. Doug thank you again.

P.S. Dinobots I think were the last group of Transformers from back in the eighties. I don't know much more than that but I will find out more info before I post the finished product.

Success or Disaster I will post it so please be kind.
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