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post #1 of 26
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Hey creative cake designers :D

 

Lately I'm all about gumpaste flowers, so I'm not really creative with boy cakes...

 

A former co-worker asked my to make a simple cake for her son's bday on April, 25th. She has no idea of the design. She wants it simple, no fondant, but chocolate ganache or buttercream, and it should be a one tier 8" round cake. That's all I got for info. The flavors don't bother me, but I have no idea what boys that turn 12 would like for a cake. His mum suggested bunnies, but come on, I don't want to make him a "childish" cake, now that he turns 12, I'm afraid he may feel treated like a baby..

 

I hope anybody could help me. I searched the gallery but I have NO idea.

 

Thanks everyone :)

post #2 of 26

Get some more info from mom. Ask specific questions like what is his favorite hobby, what sport does he enjoy, favorite cartoon, favorite video game, etc. I'm sure you'll get a concrete idea that way. If you still can't get anything out of mom you can go with a basic celebration cake- balloons, confetti, and the like. Hope this helps!

post #3 of 26
I did an iPod for an 11 year old last year but that might involve some fondant. You might find something around video games, music, sports. I had a similar request for a 16 year old boy and after asking a few questions found out he was really into his guitar and music.
post #4 of 26
My twins turned 12 last year and we had an Army theme. I did this:

We had everyone wear camo, and did an obstacle course, and target shooting with paintball. The kids had a blast.
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post #5 of 26
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Originally Posted by skinnydesserts View Post

Hey creative cake designers :D

 

Lately I'm all about gumpaste flowers, so I'm not really creative with boy cakes...

 

A former co-worker asked my to make a simple cake for her son's bday on April, 25th. She has no idea of the design. She wants it simple, no fondant, but chocolate ganache or buttercream, and it should be a one tier 8" round cake. That's all I got for info. The flavors don't bother me, but I have no idea what boys that turn 12 would like for a cake. His mum suggested bunnies, but come on, I don't want to make him a "childish" cake, now that he turns 12, I'm afraid he may feel treated like a baby..

 

I hope anybody could help me. I searched the gallery but I have NO idea.

 

Thanks everyone :)


This is a link to a monster truck cake made for my nephew.  It's chocolate, and you could modify it for a round 8" cake.  My nephew was 10 at the time the cake was made.

http://christinascakes.shutterfly.com/pictures/99

http://christinascakes.shutterfly.com/pictures/99#91

 

If she wants a "simple" round 8" chocolate/ganache cake, make a cake and cover it with chocolate curls.  That's always a hit, no matter what the age. 

 

 

Bunnies??????? seriously???????

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Originally Posted by mesummerlin View Post

Get some more info from mom. Ask specific questions like what is his favorite hobby, what sport does he enjoy, favorite cartoon, favorite video game, etc. I'm sure you'll get a concrete idea that way. If you still can't get anything out of mom you can go with a basic celebration cake- balloons, confetti, and the like. Hope this helps!

I asked her several questions and it seemed like she didn't know her son very well and there came the "uhm, I think, maybe he would like a bunny. bunnies are cute". I told her she should talk to him orask his older brother to give me an idea of his interests to create something. 

 

 the classic chocolate buttercream and confetti cake is always good, and not so popular here in Ecuador either, I'd suggest it, thank you :)

 

Also it's not for a party, just for family, so she wanted it quite small and simple.

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Originally Posted by Apti View Post


This is a link to a monster truck cake made for my nephew.  It's chocolate, and you could modify it for a round 8" cake.  My nephew was 10 at the time the cake was made.

http://christinascakes.shutterfly.com/pictures/99

http://christinascakes.shutterfly.com/pictures/99#91

 

If she wants a "simple" round 8" chocolate/ganache cake, make a cake and cover it with chocolate curls.  That's always a hit, no matter what the age. 

 

 

Bunnies??????? seriously???????

 

love the idea of the toy cars on the cake. and it's quite easy to do too!

 

chocolate curls sound fun, didn't do some in a long.

 

I think I'll check back with her early next week. Thank you so much everybody! You just kickstarted my brain again haha

post #8 of 26

Here is an easy one done all in butter cream below. I am sure you will get a lot more ideas from others. Too bad you do not know what the boy likes. Bunnies is not my idea at all for a 12 year old boy!!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGfXvytas-c
 

post #9 of 26

I have four sons, aged 16, 14, 12 and 7 and bunnies wouldn't feature on a cake for any of them - and never has!

 

I've always tried to tie their cakes in with current hobbies or interests - in the past I've made cars, rugby boots, ipod/ipads, a laptop, hamster, treasure chest and various other things.

 

A very simple idea for a round chocolate cake is to make it to represent a round racing track and make some simple racing cars from a sausage-shaped chocolate truffle/cake pop mix.  I used Smarties for the wheels and steering wheel and Smartie eggs (hard to get after Easter though) for the driver's helmet.

post #10 of 26

If he likes sports, you could make a simple cake with  a  small football, basketball and baseball with bat (maybe the bat can say his name).  You could make these out of fondant or candy clay.  I'm doing a 6" cake for a 10-year old and that's my plan.

post #11 of 26
I asked my 12 year old twins if they would want a bunny on their cake and they said,"maybe on a camo cake, with a target on the bunny" lol.

I asked my husband if he ever wanted a bunny on his cake, and he said maybe when he was 2.
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post #12 of 26
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It seems like cars are always a classic for boys! 

I'm going to meet with the mum on Wednesday but will definitely call her again today to say her that she shouldn't go with bunnies at all...

 

@annabakescakes: you're twins sound so funny :)

 

 @suzannem5: thanks for the idea of the cakepop cars, sounds like a really nice alternive to fondant!

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I asked her several questions and it seemed like she didn't know her son very well and there came the "uhm, I think, maybe he would like a bunny. bunnies are cute". I told her she should talk to him orask his older brother to give me an idea of his interests to create something. 

 

 the classic chocolate buttercream and confetti cake is always good, and not so popular here in Ecuador either, I'd suggest it, thank you :)

 

Also it's not for a party, just for family, so she wanted it quite small and simple.

You're in Ecuador? How about a soccer ball sitting on grass? 

post #14 of 26

I got a cake to make for my 'will be' 12 year old son this June, and I'm thinking along the lines of either a skate park as he loves his scooter and skateboard or a baseball cap!  ...... really not too sure which one i'm going for yet tho! lol

post #15 of 26
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You're in Ecuador? How about a soccer ball sitting on grass? 

yep :) 

I'm originally from Germany but moved here almost 5 years ago!

 

It's SO hard to make a cake if the mum has not a single idea. My fiance works with her, so I asked him to ask her a few more questions and talk her out of the stupid bunny idea... I hope he is into sports, or cars or maybe music. That would give me plenty ideas for a simple and small cake!

 

Thank you all, I'm new here and I love how everybody tries to help!

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