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My niece wants a heart shaped wedding cake, what?

post #1 of 32
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Ok, I know heart are so out dated, but this is what she wants. I have tried to get her to go with design, but she is stuck on hearts...

This is what she has picked out... 4 tiers 12/10/8/6, white fondant with red fondant heart cut outs cascading down the side or front, not sure.
Then black leaves incorporated within the hearts. And, she also likes the cornelli lace.

She see a cake on the front of a magazine that was square with with this design...god only knows how it made it on the cover of a magazine, it was not very pretty to me at all. My question is: the hearts cascading down the side of a heart shaped cake, will not have the same look as a square cake.

I wish I had a picture to upload, but I don't. I want her to have what she wants, but I'm not sure a heart shaped cake with fondant hearts down the side will look that good.

Please tell me what you think. Thanks a mil
post #2 of 32
I think it is not your wedding. Let the girl have what she wants.

If you absolutely hate it, show her a sketch of what it would look like, then politely suggest squares or whatever shape you think. Remember though, ultimately it is HER wedding cake.
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post #3 of 32
I would make a few copies of sketches of heart cakes stacked on top of each other and let her play around with drawing where the fondant hearts will go. Maybe she will change her mind. Black leaves? with hearts? I don't understand that one!!
post #4 of 32
Eh, it's the whole black and white fad. I'm just confused about "hearts cascading down the sides". I'm not sure how that's going to look. The only thing I can think of is that melting clocks painting. Isn't there some kind of flower that looks kinda like a heart? No, I'm not thinking of the bleeding hearts flower. I thought there was another, maybe she would like sprays of that on the cake. Good luck! Post a pic when it's done, I'm curious as to how this will turn out.
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post #5 of 32
You don't have to put the picture in your portfolio but as 2508s42 said it is her day. I am going to a wedding this weekend where the old fountain, tuck and ruffle and staircase cake will be there. Both bride and groom wanted this cake as it was what both parents had as well and I guess they figure since they're both still married, maybe it will be a good sign for them.
Perhaps she may decide she doesn't want this cake in the end but if she does want it, you don't have to put it in your portfolio.
Good luck on it though.
post #6 of 32
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Originally Posted by 2508s42

I think it is not your wedding. Let the girl have what she wants.

If you absolutely hate it, show her a sketch of what it would look like, then politely suggest squares or whatever shape you think. Remember though, ultimately it is HER wedding cake.



Very well said.

Staircases are outdated. Hearts are classic.
post #7 of 32
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Yes, I know it's her wedding. But, i'm afraid she will be disappointed with the out come. I am ok with the heart shaped cake, it's just the design that bothers me.

As for the hearts and leaves, it's just did not go together to me. I have until April and I have given her this site to view the gallery of cakes.
Plus I told her that it might look to much like a valentine cake. It's kind of hard to describe this cake. sorry.
post #8 of 32
I'm with the others ... it's her cake, her wedding, and what we as a decorator thinks is really of no significance. The only time my opinion matters at all is when it pertains to the engineering or the structure of the cake .... whether something will or won't work structurally, or if something is not food safe. Other than that ....... icon_confused.gif
post #9 of 32
As the others have said, "It's her wedding, her choice." I went looking to see what could be done with the draping hearts and saw this. Wrong colors and sizes but the drape might help to get the hearts intsead of flowers cascading down the side. http://www.cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1292089
post #10 of 32
Since when are heart cakes outdated??? Alright... who didn't send me the memo? Hehehe. icon_lol.gif But seriously, I think you can MAKE it pretty! Use your imagination and creativity and go into it with an open mind and heart. Sometimes we convince ourselves that something is ugly, but when we step back and get a little feedback on it, we can look at it and see that it's actually quite pretty.

I have to agree I'm not sure about the leaves though. If anything I'd mention that those seem out of place. The rest of the idea sounds like it could be pretty if done right!

Good luck, I know you'll do something amazing for someone you care about so much!
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post #11 of 32
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Her original design was heart shapped with a cascade of flowers, which sounded pretty....It was going to be white with black ribbon around the base and red roses cacading down...which sounded really beatiful..but, then she came over with this picture of this other design.
So imagine replacing the cascading flowers with fondant cut out hearts...and then black leaves...it's just kinda of threw me for a loop from the original design to this...
I will definately give her what she wants on her special day, I just don't want her to be disappointed in her cake..which is the centerpoint of the reception...I just love her too much.
As I said I have until April...so, I will give her some other ideas with a heart shaped cake.
post #12 of 32
I have known for years that I am the odd one BUT... I can see this cake in my head and it looks pretty good especially if the topper goes with this same theme and colors. Kinda of have the hearts sticking out of the cake in various sizes with the black leaves interspersed. Interesting.

Not anything that I would have chosen but I think it at least can be pretty.

Side note: I met with a woman this weekend who was appalled that her daughter wanted a black wedding cake with white butterflies. She just was praying that the daughter would change her mind before she had to explain it to the family. icon_lol.gif

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post #13 of 32
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The topper on this cake from the magazine was an Initial. She has a porcelin white bride and groom. And originally the flower were going to cascade from the train of the dress. But, now not sure. And yes the cake and fondant heart standing up around the initial. That part looked ok, it was the way the came down the side that wasn't very appealing. Plus that cake had different shade of pink, can't very well do that with red...red is red...
post #14 of 32
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Originally Posted by ranbel

So imagine replacing the cascading flowers with fondant cut out hearts....


This cake isn't heart shaped and it doesnt' have hearts, but it has white-chocolate shamrocks cascading down the sides. Maybe this can help illustrate a cake without flowers but with a cut-out shape (shamrocks or hearts).

http://cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1179060

fidos-mom, I'm betting that mother comes from the era where you NEVER wore black to a wedding! But today, black is such the "IN" color for weddings ... dresses, cake decor, etc. She needs to get over it ... and probably most of the family won't be able to figure out what she's "explaining" anyway.
post #15 of 32
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