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post #16 of 46

phew! I agree with a lot of replies here- how would you transport it? support system? budget?

 

The main thing that concerns me is there are soooo many letters to it. Maybe suggest doing initials? If it were me, I think I would pass on this request and suggest something different. I think it would be too much of a headache and way to stressful!

 

But I do like the ideas on here of propping up the letters a couple inches up?

 

Pretty hard request I must say!
 

post #17 of 46

I had a customer set on this sort of idea and when I explained the cost involved and sketched out a really adorable cake he could have for almost half the price, he realized he'd be happier with the other option. The first letter was going to be an upper case E, btw.

post #18 of 46

Was the customer dead against the letters lying down? That would be much easier and cheaper, of course. Perhaps the customer doesn't realise the difference in difficulty between those two options.

post #19 of 46
It might be just me, but I don't think of the standing letters as being so skinny that they would not stand by themselves. I think of them being blocks of cake with a depth of 8 to 10 inches to the back. Fronts and top carved. Like this, but four times the thickness of the letters. The big problem I see is that they want their name too. Mr&Mrs could also be just one rectangular cake with the letters carved on the front and top.

http://www.pipii.co.uk/white-wooden-mr-mrs-letters.html

Of course I hope they have enough money to pay for all that carving and covering that cake.
post #20 of 46
Or just their monogram ex: mHn
Then have extra cake in another room.
post #21 of 46
I watch a lot of Ace of Cakes and the Ultimate Cake Challenge... When they have to make something stand up, they build the basic form out of wood and then layer the cake on and around the design and then cover the whole thing in fondant... That's what I saw in my head when you described their idea... Keep in mind, I've never tried this myself (I teach high school Home Ec., I don't own a bakery or anything like that)... I see, for example, the letter M as a wooden structure with a solid base and little shelves every 6 to 8 inches up the sides to hold the cake steady (if this structure is really tall, the shelves would keep excessive pressure off the bottom layers and it would keep it from settling and cracking). The structure would have to be a fat M so you could arrange squares of cake around it and then carve it to specific shape you want (and it would allow for a little curve here and there if you wanted it to look fancy)... Just an idea... I will say, the & might be prettier as modeling chocolate than cake... Almost too many curves for cake... Pease post pictures of what you decide to do!
post #22 of 46
*please, not "pease"
post #23 of 46

OK...I am going to be in the minority here but I personally think this is a stupid idea.  I don't think it will look good and I wouldn't even waste my time trying to achieve it because you'll probably never get paid enough  given the trial & error, stress and final time it will take to execute such a cake. 

 

My question is, where did the bride get this idea?  If she saw it somewhere then you need to find out who did it so you can learn how it was done.  If she pulled it out of her @%& ...er...'imagination'...then I would tell her I'd like to be able to fly without an airplane too...doesn't mean I should jump off a building just to see if I can! 

 

And worst of all...say this is successful...do you really want to be the one that starts a trend that everyone will hate you for? (I am being facetious here...but yes...I would hate you)  icon_twisted.gif

 

Again this is just my twisted opinion!  I wish you luck no matter what. icon_smile.gif 

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post #24 of 46
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Originally Posted by carmijok View Post

OK...I am going to be in the minority here but I personally think this is a stupid idea.  I don't think it will look good and I wouldn't even waste my time trying to achieve it because you'll probably never get paid enough  given the trial & error, stress and final time it will take to execute such a cake. 

It's likely that the customer has no idea how complex this cake will be, but it would probably be worth it if the customer's budget was around the $2000 mark.
post #25 of 46
If the bride would be agreeable to having the letters similar to this Barn cake, maybe that would work for you. It's not as impressive as individual letters, with the negative spaces cut out, but it could still look really pretty in the right colors.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/leckieanne/4566597556/
post #26 of 46
http://paintedacrescakes.blogspot.com/2011/09/creating-3d-letter-cake.html
This person shows how she did her cake. It seems like the letters need to be blocky to make it easy.
post #27 of 46
I haven't read all the replies so I'm sorry if I duplicate someone's ...what if you did wooden cut outs of the letters as the "ck board" for each letter and put "shelves" built in every few inches and stack the cake on the " shelves."
post #28 of 46
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Originally Posted by savannahquinn View Post

I haven't read all the replies so I'm sorry if I duplicate someone's ...what if you did wooden cut outs of the letters as the "ck board" for each letter and put "shelves" built in every few inches and stack the cake on the " shelves."
This is what I was saying earlier...but you worded it so much more simply than I did, LOL... I'm glad someone else thinks like I do icon_smile.gif
post #29 of 46
I think this is a stupid idea.
post #30 of 46
What if te letters were made in a font with no empty space?
Bubble font: http://www.fontriver.com/font/el_and_font_bubble/

Not exactly elegant, but perhaps a simpler starting point. Like the barn idea above.
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