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post #16 of 24
Slightly late seeing this but when people ask me for an edible image or any flat/dull design on the top I try to get them to go with a 2D fondant 'cartoon' which makes a massive difference, I'll try to add some examples below of where their idea was too 'flat' in my opinion...

http://www.grayscakes.co.uk/gallery/fox (they wanted an edible/hand painted image of a fox hunting scene - my opinions on this 'sport' may have crept into the design slightly...)

http://cakecentral.com/g/i/3022403/a/3357922/im-enjoying-playing-with-3d-2d-designs-at-the-mo/ (this was done to steer them away from a design I didn't like at all but imagine the difference between an edible image and the 2D fondant image)

I can see from your avatar that you'd be great at wee scenes like those icon_smile.gif

Sorry if thats too late to help though....
post #17 of 24
Thread Starter 

Thanks Crazy-Gray. I love your 2D/3D alternatives to flat 2D pictures; they have so much more character.

The lovely cake that inspired my avatar cake actually had more of a 2D effect than mine and I decided to make it more 3D I'll keep your idea in mind for future use. 

All the best,

Cheryl

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post #18 of 24

OH my goodness Gray I love your cow cake. That is hilarious!

I have this same situation right now with a wedding cake someone wants. Its smurf blue. Anyhow I know this is late and might not go directly with this situation because it wasn't one on one. This is how I handle my one on one customers.

 

I emailed and asked these questions.

What about this cake do you love specifically?

Is there something you love that isn't on this cake?

What are your wedding colors?  (Just because the cake is smurf blue I can't assume that is the color she wants)

In one word describe your wedding cake.

 

Then my plan is to quote her own cake and then quote the version I come up with (sketch sent)

that is a unique one of a kind cake. If they choose the same cake they sent then so be it.

However I think this is a nice way of going around that.

post #19 of 24
Yeah, sometimes you just have to go with what the customer orders, even if it's not to your own taste. I just got an order for a carrot cake....with strawberry filling. Not MY cup of tea, but hey, if they're the ones paying and eating it, I'll make it. icon_wink.gif

Simple cakes can look really nice though, if done cleanly. Modern and elegant. Show us a picture of the finished product!

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post #20 of 24
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Thanks smittyditty - some great advice there. I do think it's essential to communicate directly with the customer. I love your idea of the double quote. Some years ago we hired an amazing landscape designer. He got to know us really well and understood what our ideas, thoughts and feeling were in regard to our new courtyard. Then he provided us with three plans - one to suit our budget and ideas, another expanding on this for a slightly increased budget and a third plan showing what he could do if given free reign and a considerably larger budget. We fell in love with the third plan and just had to go with it. 

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post #21 of 24
That's always a great way to upsell.
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post #22 of 24
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Thanks, justdesserts. Perhaps you've discovered a new and delicious flavour combination.

 

I agree with you about the simple and clean lines. I think I was doing pretty well with the ganache but then I botched up the fondant on the top tier (20cm square and 10cm high). Will redo it using the panel method with trims over the joins. I'll probably do the larger tier the same way.

 

I was rushed and stressed. There are some crazy, but unavoidable restrictions: I can only work in the caterer's kitchen and with some strict time restraints. Can't do anything now until Saturday night at 7pm and can work as long as I like up to nearly 11am Sunday. The caterers are doing an all-nighter and have to leave for the wedding at 11am Sunday. 

 

I have never decorated on soft fondant before. I am used to the luxury of being able to do everything in my own time and have always had the cakes ready at least the day before the event.

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post #23 of 24
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Slightly late seeing this but when people ask me for an edible image or any flat/dull design on the top I try to get them to go with a 2D fondant 'cartoon' which makes a massive difference, I'll try to add some examples below of where their idea was too 'flat' in my opinion...

http://www.grayscakes.co.uk/gallery/fox (they wanted an edible/hand painted image of a fox hunting scene - my opinions on this 'sport' may have crept into the design slightly...)

http://cakecentral.com/g/i/3022403/a/3357922/im-enjoying-playing-with-3d-2d-designs-at-the-mo/ (this was done to steer them away from a design I didn't like at all but imagine the difference between an edible image and the 2D fondant image)

I can see from your avatar that you'd be great at wee scenes like those icon_smile.gif

Sorry if thats too late to help though....

LOL...was Ryan off to vet school?

post #24 of 24
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Thank you everyone for your input.The wedding was last night. The bride loved the cake, as did the groom, for whom it was a surprise.

I'm so relieved! (It's certainly not perfect but I managed to cover up most of the blemishes.

All the best,

Cher

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