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I have a client asking for an unusual wedding cake.  She would like "Mr & Mrs Hoggern" actually made out of cake. As in, the letters, which would stand up, would be made from cake.  Not Crispie treats, cookies, or doughnuts, but cake.

I have never had to turn a customer away because their idea was unachievable, but I fear this may be a step too far.  can anyone think how I might go about this design? Sections like the 'G's, and the '&' scare me a little, cake suspended above empty space seems like total madness.

Has anyone got any experience in this kind of thing? I'd really like to take the job on as the couple are well connected and there would be a fair amount of publicity surrounding the wedding. If I could pull this off it'd be great for business.

ANY help at all would be greatly appreciated!

Cheers guys, I'd owe you big time.... :)

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Your letters would have to a great strong sub-structure. For instance if was made with a strong metal you could place the cake on top of the open letters and that area would remain open. But wow, this would be a lot of precise work......and it wouldn't feed that many people. If the letters were 20" tall and 6' deep you'd only be able to put cake on the flat surfaces of each letter.

 

I'm sure Mike could do it.............but wow, this is not going to be easy!

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How much is the customer's budget?
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How much is the customer's budget?

Exactly...I wonder if they will be willing to pay the cost of this design to begin with.

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I would not even attempt it, myself. First thought: that is not a pretty wedding cake and will be no fun! Second thought: how the heck are you supposed to transport it? Third thought:WHY?

I suppose you could have boards cut into letters and put a little leg on it so it leans back a bit, like a picture frame, and the put your (firm, dense) cake on that, and cut it I to strips and fill and crumb coat and freeze then carve around your board to get the shape, cover in icing then fondant.... But why? WHY?? And then, how do you transport, and what if they slide?
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post #6 of 46

For the right price, it is achievable.  It would be very expensive. Labor intensive.  There would need to be a couple of trials ahead of time  for particular letters.  All of this would be costed to the client.

 

An initial thought would be chocolate backing and covered in ganache or maybe couverture chocolate, like petit-fours, before fondant or frosting.

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Originally Posted by matthewkyrankelly View Post

For the right price, it is achievable.

Agreed, with enough of a budget this could be a very impressive and unique piece.
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Similar idea to Annabakes- cut 2 letters out of cardboard (1 for bottom and one for template) layer cake as usual and cut to rough size. Cut dowels to the height/ thickness of the letter when finished (this will hopefully keep the cake from sliding off the cardboard when propped up) Attach (this is an unknown how to do) cut dowels to the bottom cardboard. Place cake on dowels (or cardboard w/ dowels and then flip cake piece) and place template on top. Trim. Cover with fondant or ganache and pray? Transport flat and tilt into place at location. You could create a type of tray or support to keep the letters from falling in all different directions.

 

Or- similar to Stitches- use a thin wood veneer type substance or perhaps a type of flexible but food safe plastic to create and "outline" the entire inside and out of a letter, like a little pan, and insert the cake in that. Think about a cookie cutter, only bigger, attached to a (same shape) piece of cardboard backing. Then cover the whole shebang with fondant. When it comes time to serve, flip upside down and un-mold, then cut.
 

Still a tricky thing!

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Could be very cool. It's doable, but as.mentioned before, requires strong support and careful planning. This.would be a couple grand to start off, just off the top of my head.
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Originally Posted by AZCouture View Post

Could be very cool. It's doable, but as.mentioned before, requires strong support and careful planning. This.would be a couple grand to start off, just off the top of my head.

Ditto

If it were me, I was thinking off the back that I would have to create individual support structure per letter. Kind of like making the floating beer, etc cakes. Thats a lot of time and work= $$$$$. Post a pic if you decide to go for it. GL

Michelle

 

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Michelle

 

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I think what Erica said may work... I'm picturing large cookie-cutters with a back on them, filled with cake and fondant covering all of it, cookie cutter included. Now, as she said you would have to have the cake lean back a little so it didnt fall out, but I think that could work. Serving would just be like serving a cake from a pan. It would be very cool. Please post pics!!!
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I think what Erica said may work... I'm picturing large cookie-cutters with a back on them, filled with cake and fondant covering all of it, cookie cutter included. Now, as she said you would have to have the cake lean back a little so it didnt fall out, but I think that could work. Serving would just be like serving a cake from a pan. It would be very cool. Please post pics!!!


Yes!  I am so glad somebody could picture that from my description- it made sense in my head. Now I want to do it, just to try it!

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Yes!  I am so glad somebody could picture that from my description- it made sense in my head. Now I want to do it, just to try it!

I was literally picturing what you had said and was trying to convey what I thought you meant.  I think it’s a great idea, it would take A LOT of time, but certainly do-able.  I may have to put something together myself and see what comes of it. I think the letters would definently have to be completely surrounded by a frame so-to-say in order to keep them up, but no one would know if the whole thing is covered in fondant.

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Is it an option to just use "blocks" of cake?  My initial thought was a double barrel square cake in a dark color with the letters distending on the front side of the cake in a light or bright color.  The focal point would still be the letters without sacrificing servings or stability.  Much more impressive, obviously, to actually be cut out of cake, but a cheaper and less worrisome option anyway.

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Is it an option to just use "blocks" of cake?  My initial thought was a double barrel square cake in a dark color with the letters distending on the front side of the cake in a light or bright color.  The focal point would still be the letters without sacrificing servings or stability.  Much more impressive, obviously, to actually be cut out of cake, but a cheaper and less worrisome option anyway.

That sounds like a good idea, the issue I see is keeping the cakes together for example, you have two cakes to make one “block” and carve the letter from the “block,” right?  You would have to keep the two cakes together even while carving them and while they stand up (issue?).  I do see this as a viable option; it’s definitely worth a try, especially if this client could potentially get you more business!  I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

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