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If you don't mind, could you help me think?

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
icon_redface.gif Ok. I have what I'd like to do in my head, but I can't figure out what size cake will work.... It's for 40 people - not a wedding just an informal anniversary party. I don't want huge servings, but bigger than the typical wedding size. (I'm just a hobbyist so I'm not getting paid for servings or anything - it's for a friend)

What I'd like to do is have a cake as a basket - no handle though, but filled with a mound of bc flowers. I'm envisioning an antique fork stuck into the flowers with the prongs up and a florist-type card stuck into it with a happy anniversary message on that. In my head it looks fun and cool.... I hope it translates out that way in reality. But what I can't figure out is the cake - I'm thinking that if I go to big it will take a humongous amount of frosting/flowers to fill it in (to look like a florist basket of flowers), but if I don't go big, then there won't be enough servings. Is this idea just not going to work? I thought of putting the round basket on top of a sheet cake - it would look cool if the sheet cake were draped in some fondant "fabric", but I really don't know what I"m doing with fondant yet and would hate to debut on a cake for a party! And it would probably look silly stacked like that anyway... What do you think I should do??

Should I just make a smaller, like 9" round 2-layer to do this on and then make a sheet cake besides for more servings? That one could be more simply decorated... although there is no kitchen where the party will be held, so it will be seen. Ugh - this is next weekend too. I have to get this figure out asap!
post #2 of 10
I use the Wilton Party serving chart and the slices are nice sized.

You could do a 3 layer , 13 x 9-7/8", oval and pipe basketweave on it with a #6 round tip--it makes a neat basket---and put your flowers on that. That would get you 45 servings without being huge.

Rae
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They say that a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but it is not one half so bad as a lot of ignorance.--Terry Pratchett (b.194
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post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 
To mound the flowers and make it look like a basket full - you don't think that would be too much to do at that size? I'm just afraid I'd be making 100's of flowers... and lbs of hidden icing weight! I'll have to go get the pan and ruler and try to envision it. Thanks for the idea!
post #4 of 10
Making more than one cake and messing with fondant sounds like a lot more trouble than just making the amount of buttercream roses required to cover whichever size round cake that you'll need.
HOW TO:
Make tip #127D (giant rose tip) Ruffle cake,
Write with icing,
Make buttercream roses on a stick:
http://s984.photobucket.com/albums/ae322/Unlimited1cakes/
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HOW TO:
Make tip #127D (giant rose tip) Ruffle cake,
Write with icing,
Make buttercream roses on a stick:
http://s984.photobucket.com/albums/ae322/Unlimited1cakes/
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post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 
It's so helpful to have your input. I was thinking that maybe I could make another cake to cut and use for the mound to put the flowers over. That could give me some height and be extra for serving.

I did have a class in royal icing flowers... I suppose that's pretty similar to just using bc though. Hmmmm.... can you make a bc lily? Maybe if I make it stiff enough. I'd like to have a nice variety for the "bouquet".
post #6 of 10
Can you just make it the size you are comfortable with and supplement it with a sheet cake that no one else has to see?
post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by Wildgirl

It's so helpful to have your input. I was thinking that maybe I could make another cake to cut and use for the mound to put the flowers over. That could give me some height and be extra for serving.

I did have a class in royal icing flowers... I suppose that's pretty similar to just using bc though. Hmmmm.... can you make a bc lily? Maybe if I make it stiff enough. I'd like to have a nice variety for the "bouquet".



That's a great idea to use a half ball for the top instead of piling too much icing under your flowers. I wouldn't attempt BC lilies - they wouldn't dry hard enough to remove from the lily nail.... RI would be best, like on this Wilton technique page:
http://www.wilton.com/technique/Lily
HOW TO:
Make tip #127D (giant rose tip) Ruffle cake,
Write with icing,
Make buttercream roses on a stick:
http://s984.photobucket.com/albums/ae322/Unlimited1cakes/
Reply
HOW TO:
Make tip #127D (giant rose tip) Ruffle cake,
Write with icing,
Make buttercream roses on a stick:
http://s984.photobucket.com/albums/ae322/Unlimited1cakes/
Reply
post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bellatheball

Can you just make it the size you are comfortable with and supplement it with a sheet cake that no one else has to see?



Unfortunately we'll all be in just one small room - there is no kitchen even. Otherwise I'd definitely do this!

And thanks Unlimited - I haven't made lilies since my class - in fact I haven't made any ri flowers since then, so it will be good to have a brush-up!
post #9 of 10
I don't know which anniversary it is for the couple, Newlyweds or Oldly-weds. What about a sheet cake with fondant squares on it - looking like a checkered tablecloth. Then a smaller basket cake in the center - acting as a centerpiece for the "mock table" then find a couple of smaller doll sized cups and saucers at a toy store and fill with brown icing and a swirl of white icing looking like the couple is just about to sit down with each other over a steaming cup of coffee, then put the florist pic in amoungst the flowers in the basket and say something witty like "made for each other like coffee and cream".
post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 
That sounds adorable Denise!
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