15.6.08

the cake


When I first got engaged I was doing my daily blog-stalking, and found this great cake (can't remember where I found it now, but I've seen it on a lot of inspiration boards since) and I just knew it was going to be my cake. I loved the proportions of the different tiers, HOWEVER, I was painfully aware that my budget would never allow for a this to happen. So here was my plan: *fake cakes*

Supplies Needed:
[18] 12" styrofoam discs at 1" ea. (9 for each side cake)
[10] 8" styrofoam discs at 1" ea. (middle tier of center cake)
[6] 6" styrofoam discs at 1" ea. (top tier of middle cake)
Joint Compound
Spray Paint - white and green (or whatever my colors end up being)
1 piece 3/32" Chipboard

My Plan of Action:
Purchase the bottom tier of the center cake from an actual baker so we can cut into it. Cake served to guests will be from sheet cakes in the back. *The design might need to be paired down depending on the skill-level of whomever our half-cake baker will be.
Glue together styrofoam 'tiers' and cover with joint compound; sand smooth. Paint. Cut pattern (either the one shown or a damask pattern) from the sheet of museum using a laser cutter. Spray paint pieces white. Attach to fake cake tiers. Finito! If you don’t have access to a laser-cutter to make super tiny precise cuts you could also use puff-paint, (I’m pretty sure they still sell that stuff)!

We'll see if it actually goes down like that. Test run required.

2 comments:

Blablover5 said...

Wow, those are some intricate designs for those cakes, especially all that piping.

I'd almost think to get that look a good idea might be to use of all things puff paints to trace it.

Good luck though, that looks like a major DIY challenge.

seersucker&cashmere said...

One of the benefits of being an architect is that we have a laser cutter at work. So all I have to do is trace the pattern once, put it into the machine and presto, precise "piping". I'm thinking I'll use like 1/32"th chipboard painted white. 1/32" chipboard is thin enough to just lay slightly off the cake and the laser cutter is SO precise....
we'll see how it turns out!