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Ideas wanted for 80th birthday cake

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

I have been asked to do a cake for an 80 year old lady incorporating key points in her life - I have all of these random things but am struggling how to put them together cohesively.

 

photos

luggage label

knitting

gardening

school badge

sisters wedding dress

 

Any ideas would be gratefully accepted

post #2 of 10

HI, Just an idea but maybe several small cakes each with a different theme????

post #3 of 10

For some reason, my number one requested cake is number cakes with little fondant pieces on it to personalize it.

 

What I usually end up doing is pick a few small things from each area/interest and position them together on the cake.  I would need more info to help you develop that idea for the interests you wrote but I can give you an example of one I did recently.

 

70 shaped cake

these were my "little groups" of things:

1)  sewing machine, spool of thread, buttons

2)  stack of books, ruler, apple

3) rolling pin, wooden spoon, little tiered cake

 

Good Luck!

post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 

I like the idea of little groups of things for each - Im gonna get my thinking cap on around that idea. Cake isn't until July but will post when its done

 

More ideas appreciated from anyone

post #5 of 10

How about a quilt where all different sections can be represented as patchwork?

Theresa

post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by cakemonstercakes View Post
photos

luggage label

knitting

gardening

school badge

sisters wedding dress

Forgive me for stating the obvious, but edible printing would be my choice not only for the photos, but for the luggage label and the school badge.

 

I should think that knitting and a garden would be relatively easy to sculpt with a piping bag.

 

"51" is easy, at least for anybody who grew up on the Emergency! TV series (and I'd be happy to share the image files I used for mine). "78" is easy: a phonograph record (slightly different phonograph records would also work for "33" and "45"). "76," at least in the U.S., screams for a patriotic theme. "52" would be a deck of playing cards. "55" would be a speed limit sign. "80" is not so obvious.

James H. H. Lampert
Professional Dilettante

Web site: http://www.hbquik.com/jamesl

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James H. H. Lampert
Professional Dilettante

Web site: http://www.hbquik.com/jamesl

Flickr "baked goods" set http://flic.kr/s/aHsjvZvdTh

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post #7 of 10
What about a suitcase cake with the luggage label, school badge and photos on the side and the other things (wedding dress, ball of yarn & knitting needles, and gardening gloves) "falling out" of the slightly open suitcase?
post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 

Thanks for you post, all of the key parts will either be edible images, gumpaste or modelling chocolate - it is a way to put them together without seeming 'just chucked on' that I am after.

post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by cakechemist View Post

What about a suitcase cake with the luggage label, school badge and photos on the side and the other things (wedding dress, ball of yarn & knitting needles, and gardening gloves) "falling out" of the slightly open suitcase?

Nice idea, I'll have a play with that on paper - thanks for the idea

post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by theresaf View Post
 

How about a quilt where all different sections can be represented as patchwork?

Theresa

Such a great idea, I'll put some more thought into this one too - thanks

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