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Originally Posted by ******March 06 2009 UPDATE******** Jackie


The project is live! Use this link to discuss and get the scoop
http://www.cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-621512.html
















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Originally Posted by ******Feb 23 2009 UPDATE******** Jackie

Thank you all so much for you input!

heath & I have both decided that after such a huge positive response from you all, that we are going to move forward with the project!

A few side notes:

1. After considering many of the points brought up by you all regarding the expense of equipment in creating pulled sugar, the logistics of shipping pulled sugar etc, we have decided not to use any pulled sugar for the cake. Since most of you already have gumpaste tools and luster dust and have worked with this medium before it would be much easier to have all the different pieces made from gumpaste.

2. I will be working with Alan at global sugar art this week to put together a specific list of colors for luster dust so everything will be consistent.

3. Once I get all the "rules" and details together I will make an official page with all of the data!

4. This is going to be THE MOST amazing experience of my life!






Heath & I have been receiving so much feedback and interest from the
community about our wedding cake. (In case you missed it, Heath & I are FINALLY tying the knot on June 27th 2009)

So many different people from all over the world that make up the
cakecentral.com family have expressed interest in somehow being
involved with the cake. Logistically that just seems impossible. But is it???


Why couldn't 1 wedding cake be decorated by thousands? Nothing like
this has ever been done before, so why not do it here first at cakecentral.com?

We are having the wedding and reception at the Tacoma Art Museum. One of their permanent signatures galleries is blown glass art by Dale Chihuly. We thought this glass chandelier would be the perfect piece to use as the inspiration for our cake.

You can see the inspiration piece here:
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This specific chandelier is not on display at the Tacoma Art Museum, but is personally one of my favorite works of art

We were thinking of a cake that is covered with pulled/blown sugar
shapes, to mimic art glass. Our idea is that anyone that wanted to
participate could make just 1 or many different sugar shapes, ship
them to us, and all the pieces will be assembled (the day of or days
before the wedding) by local CC members?

We haven't decided what local cake decorators will actually bake the
cake (it's going to be a monster stacked cake!) We were thinking we
would hire the local bakery/cake decorator to create the 10 layer
round stacked cake from 24" 6" (wow!) just covered in white
buttercream, nothing fancy or perfect since it will be entirely covered up by the sugar pieces in the end.

To our knowledge no long distance collaboration of this scale on a cake has ever been done, but it would be so appropriate for the CC community to be the first to do it, and for the cake at our wedding to be truly reflective of the entire CC community.

Please give us your feedback on this idea, it is just something we came up with this morning in trying to figure out how to involve CC in the wedding.

Is it a Great Idea? If you think it is a great idea, would you want to participate?

Is it a Terrible Idea? If you don't like the idea, do you have a different great idea on how to incorporate CC in the wedding cake?

We really look forward to your feedback, as it is you as our CC family we are trying to involve.

For those of you that have never worked with pulled/blown sugar, but would like to participate..
What if we (more specifically someone in the community) were able to put together a step-by-step"how to" video? Your first sugar art peice could be part of our cake! Each shape would be unique and different, ranging from small to large so lots of room for creativity

I was also thinking we could create a special gallery, so everyone could photograph their respective sugar pieces before shipping them and upload them to the gallery, so each individual artist could be recognized, and see how every single piece made up the entire cake.


**UPDATE***

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Originally Posted by k8memphis

Hmm, not trying to be a downer here, but sugar doesn't have much life expectancy. Weakens and looses gloss quickly. Might not pack well.



That's a really great point.

In all honesty I know very little about working with sugar in this medium. So yea, this all could be a terrible and impossible idea icon_smile.gif

Maybe the pros out there that could help me on this one. Is there a way to add a filler or something to the sugar, to make it more sturdy? Flavor and edibility may be sacrificed, since none of the pieces will actually be consumed, but overall is something like that possible? Could we try something new? isomalt?

For those of you that already have experience with pulled sugar, I have started a thread here:
http://www.cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopicp-6260666.html#6260666 to discuss the logistics and application, and possible impossibility of creating and shipping sugar sculptures

birthday.gif Jackie

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post #2 of 125
WOW!!!!!! What a gorgeous and unique chandelier that is and I think it will be an absolutely STUNNING cake! Your idea sounds perfect to me!

How sweet and thoughtful of you and Heath to do something to include any CC member wishing to be a part of your cake! This is totally inclusive IMO!! Can't wait to see this "going to be unrivaled cake"!!!!!

Editing to say, YES, I would love to participate by making a blown sugar piece! thumbs_up.gif
Lea
Lea
post #3 of 125
Oh my gosh....that blown glass is so beautiful. That's a great idea for a cake. I wish I knew how to work with blown sugar, I would love to participate if I did!

Congrats on the wedding!
Kathy W
Kathy W
post #4 of 125
Oh My...what a beautiful Chandelier..I can't wait to see the final cake..I don't do any pulled or blown sugar but I can't wait to see who all participates!!

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post #5 of 125
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Originally Posted by KathyTW

Oh my gosh....that blown glass is so beautiful. That's a great idea for a cake. I wish I knew how to work with blown sugar, I would love to participate if I did!

Congrats on the wedding!



That is an interesting point!

What if we were able to put together a step-by-step"how to" video? Your first sugar art peice could be part of our cake! Each shape would be unique and different, ranging from small to large

birthday.gif Jackie

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post #6 of 125
10 tiers??? Are you inviting the whole CC community to your wedding??? LOL that's a LOT of cake!!!!! Wow!!! That chandalier is amazing...to say the least, what a cool idea!
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post #7 of 125
WOW this will be something for the Guinness Book of World Records!!! What a great idea to try to involve everyone & what an amazing cake this will be! The chandelier is beautiful! If you think this is difficult to try to do with a wedding cake just image the ideas for a...baby shower cake!!! icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif You and Heath are wonderful people for running CC and all that comes with it. Congratulations on setting the date!!!
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Jackie

Quote:
Originally Posted by KathyTW

Oh my gosh....that blown glass is so beautiful. That's a great idea for a cake. I wish I knew how to work with blown sugar, I would love to participate if I did!

Congrats on the wedding!



That is an interesting point!

What if we were able to put together a step-by-step"how to" video? Your first sugar art peice could be part of our cake! Each shape would be unique and different, ranging from small to large



That sounds like a great idea, after reading the inicial post I was sad as I've never worked with blown sugar before. Is special machinery needed for that (to blow sugar)? I would consider trying for your cake! Congrats on the wedding again!!!
post #9 of 125
Jackie,
If you could get someone to do a really simple tutorial on blown sugar, I'd be willing to try. Right now I have no clue as to how one would even begin to create a sugar ball. That is one beautiful chandelier!
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I tried to think but nothing happened!-Curly
I've been temporarily distracted...be back when I lose interest!
Diana
post #10 of 125
Congratulations! Sign me up for the step-by- step how- to- video! I would love to give it a try.
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post #11 of 125
If there were a how-to video I would love to participate. I want to learn to do blown sugar and would love to donate my first (or second or third, must make sure its done right) to you! I love your cake idea, very original and fun! Can't wait to see pics.
Cori
post #12 of 125
First of all, Congratulations on the wedding! That's great news! That chandelier is absolutely breathtaking, and would be an AMAZING cake! The project sounds like such a cool idea! I've never worked with blown sugar, but with a CC how to video, I'm pretty sure we could all pull it off!! I'd love to give it a try!
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Mom of 3 busy boys:
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Eamon 3
post #13 of 125
If you can come up with a tutorial, I'll do my best to make a piece! It's a wonderful idea. You guys are so cool and have great taste in art!
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post #14 of 125
I think its a BEAUTIFUL idea! I would be so proud and honored to be a tiny part of the day you'll remember for the rest of your lives! How thoughtful to try to include "all" of us!

I have NEVER attempted doing sugar either - but if a tutorial was made ... I would practice practice practice till I made a piece worthy enuff to send!
That idea is perfect in my opinion!

Thank ya'll so much for wanting us to share it with you!!
I'm NOT 40 something ... I'm $39.99 plus shipping and handling!!

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Words from the lovely caterer Goldy: "When in doubt; Bundt"
I'm NOT 40 something ... I'm $39.99 plus shipping and handling!!

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Words from the lovely caterer Goldy: "When in doubt; Bundt"
post #15 of 125
That is a really cool idea. Whoever mentioned the Guinness book is right! You guys should submit this! Wedding cake decorated by the most cakers EVER!

Sign me up for the tutorial. Even if I can't make anything nice enough to send you for your cake, I'd still like to try. icon_smile.gif
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