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I've waited until the last minute, like I always do, to start thinking about ideas for a cake. Normally I work best that way but this cake kind of has me stumped. It's for a 60th birthday party, it's a square, three tier (16'', 12'' and 8'') cake for prominent clients that are used to getting really good work from me. They're easy to work with.

The lady that ordered the cake only had a few requests. Maroon buttercream base with gray (or silver) details to match our local school colors (the birthday man was an incredible quarterback and that's still a big part of his life) and to put a recent picture of a hunting excursion in a fondant frame on the second tier. He's very proud of this picture - got the biggest buck kill in his lifetime (yes, we live in the south!! lol)

Anyway, other than that, that's all I have to work with. I was thinking of doing all of that, maybe putting some monogramming on the top tier and some silver scroll work on the bottom tier but I'm worried that the scroll work will be too dainty for a manly type cake. It's important that the cake be masculine but very, very classy as these people have brought me so much business and ANYONE who is anyone in town will be there - which is how I get so much business from them. lol

I've spent days digging through photos trying to get some type of original and classy idea but I just can't find anything. Anyone know of any specific photos or have any ideas that might be helpful to turn an otherwise kind of boring cake into something wonderful?
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Originally Posted by aprilmanning

I've waited until the last minute, like I always do, to start thinking about ideas for a cake. Normally I work best that way but this cake kind of has me stumped. It's for a 60th birthday party, it's a square, three tier (16'', 12'' and 8'') cake for prominent clients that are used to getting really good work from me. They're easy to work with.

The lady that ordered the cake only had a few requests. Maroon buttercream base with gray (or silver) details to match our local school colors (the birthday man was an incredible quarterback and that's still a big part of his life) and to put a recent picture of a hunting excursion in a fondant frame on the second tier. He's very proud of this picture - got the biggest buck kill in his lifetime (yes, we live in the south!! lol)

Anyway, other than that, that's all I have to work with. I was thinking of doing all of that, maybe putting some monogramming on the top tier and some silver scroll work on the bottom tier but I'm worried that the scroll work will be too dainty for a manly type cake. It's important that the cake be masculine but very, very classy as these people have brought me so much business and ANYONE who is anyone in town will be there - which is how I get so much business from them. lol

I've spent days digging through photos trying to get some type of original and classy idea but I just can't find anything. Anyone know of any specific photos or have any ideas that might be helpful to turn an otherwise kind of boring cake into something wonderful?



If you can get a photo of him as a quarterback, you could make it a photo cake. There are a lot of really cool tiered ones in the galleries. Here is just one example: http://cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1200183
Then for the final tier, if you could put another photo of something important to him (maybe his family) that would finish it. You could still incorporate the colors she desires with the silver/grey photo frames and maybe throw some white or black in there to break it up! Yes, I agree the scroll work would be too dainty. You could do an outdoorsy border (grass, trees, branches.. ) or something as simple as the one in the link. Please post when done -would love to see it!Good luck!
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While I cannot be of much help with your overall design, I do agree that the scrollwork seems too dainty for a masculine cake. I have attached two links to cakes that I think look very masculine. Although the colors and themes are not what you are looking for, I thought you might be able to take one of the patterns and adapt it to your cake design/colors in place of the scrollwork.

http://www.cakecentral.com/cake-photo_119643.html
http://www.cakecentral.com/cake-photo_1310563.html

HTH

Good luck
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