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"Future" themed cake?

msm-s's picture

Didn't put this in the baking folder, because at this point I'm not looking for cooking tips, just creative ideas.

DS turns 8 early next month (June 2009) and has decided he wants the party theme to be "the future".
Vague enough for you?
We were trying to design the cake and all he knows he wants is lots of silver, and a triangular time portal.

eeeeyup.

TracyK's picture

(post #52387, reply #1 of 22)

Here are some Star Trek and Stargate themed cakes: http://cakewrecks.blogspot.com/2009/04/sunday-sweets-geeky-goodness.html


Check out Biscuit's space-themed cake from a couple years ago, also (I'll try to find a link [found it!]).



"One of the great strengths of the United States is … we do not consider ourselves a Christian nation or a Jewish nation or a Muslim nation. We consider ourselves a nation of citizens who are bound by ideals and a set of values."

                                                            --President Barack Obama


Edited 5/13/2009 10:54 am ET by TracyK

msm-s's picture

(post #52387, reply #2 of 22)

I believe I've researched every SW cake there is, in prep for last year, but it's always worth giving Biscuit's work another look! Her cakes are marvelous.

DS is a bit of an abstract thinker... "the future" doesn't look like space or rockets to him, LOL. Just very silvery and mysterious. and triangle-y.
We'll come up with something he'll be happy with. I just thought his requirements were an interesting challenge :-)

TracyK's picture

(post #52387, reply #3 of 22)

I wasn't suggesting you copy any of those cakes. Just giving you design ideas to use as jumping-off points. :)


CakeWrecks.com also posts pictures of good cakes (under the Sunday Sweets tag) and several of the Trek/Stargate ones are quite silvery and mysterious. Follow the links to the bakeries they came from, they might have other designs to inspire.


Good luck with it!



"One of the great strengths of the United States is … we do not consider ourselves a Christian nation or a Jewish nation or a Muslim nation. We consider ourselves a nation of citizens who are bound by ideals and a set of values."

                                                            --President Barack Obama

msm-s's picture

(post #52387, reply #4 of 22)

I know; Inspiration comes from everywhere! Thanks for the links.
BTW, i forgot to mention that we are both intrigued by the fact that the sign for infinity is an 8 on it's side. I've used that in the party invitation design. He understands that infinity doesn't necessarily equate with future, but again, it's "a concept" ;-)

Biscuit's picture

(post #52387, reply #5 of 22)

Hmmmm - 8 years old, "future" cake.  Yes, you definitely have to have a time and/or space portal.  But you also have to have some sort of flying car, buildings with a futuristic look and .... Hey, have you seen "Meet the Robinsons"???  If not, get it, watch it.  You will have a great time, and you will also get some great ideas.


Honestly, if my son were so vague about "the future", I'd make him an 18th Birthday cake (G).  It's the future!


Statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.
- Mark Twain

"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty."  - George Bernard Shaw

kathymcmo's picture

(post #52387, reply #6 of 22)

Why stop there? Maybe make it a 40th cake!

msm-s's picture

(post #52387, reply #8 of 22)

All good ideas!
I think we've discussed Wm Joyce and his creations before :-) He's my favorite contemporary children's author and the creator of the book the movie Meet The Robinsons was based on (and expanded greatly on). His books are wonderful and wonderfully illustrated, although being a fan of his art, I didn't really like the style of this film as much as his illustrations for the original book, A Day With Wilbur Robinson - which you really must look at! But it was still a very fun movie. Wm Joyce is also behind Roly Poly Olie and the awesome Warner Bros animated movie "Robots".
But- I don't think that DS is so much vague about his ideas, as he actually wants a cake that is more non-representational and defies description. A bit odd for an 8 yr old, but hey, he's my kid :-S

Ozark- I'm not sure how the kids would like fondant icing - since for most of them buttercream icing is the only part of the cake they eat anyway, LOL- but I do like the marblized background on that cake. I think it's the right "abstract" effect my son is picturing.

Adele's picture

(post #52387, reply #9 of 22)

If you make your own fondant it's not so bad.

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

msm-s's picture

(post #52387, reply #10 of 22)

Is the elasticity better if it's aged a little? Ie, should i pick a recipe and make it now and let is set?
Again, these are 7 and 8 yr olds, and no matter how good the fondant is I'm pretty sure they'd prefer the buttercream. If I do fondant, i'll make it as thin as possible and lay it over thick thick frosting :-)

Adele's picture

(post #52387, reply #11 of 22)

If I remember correctly, you let it sit in a ball covered in plastic for at least 8 hours.  I'd make it the day before class.

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

TracyK's picture

(post #52387, reply #12 of 22)

Nobody does fondant for the taste (although I bet the kids would like marshmallow fondant, you can google a recipe). There are decoration effects you can do with fondant tht simply cannot be done with buttercream.


"One of the great strengths of the United States is … we do not consider ourselves a Christian nation or a Jewish nation or a Muslim nation. We consider ourselves a nation of citizens who are bound by ideals and a set of values."

                                                            --President Barack Obama

RuthWells's picture

(post #52387, reply #22 of 22)

I actually like the taste of homemade fondant (using the recipe from the Cake Bible). I first made it before I'd heard that I wasn't "supposed" to like it, which probably made a difference.

Ruth Wells


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DeannaS's picture

(post #52387, reply #13 of 22)

I did a marbled buttercream. It's fairly easy to do. Just put down your base layer and chill the cake a bit, then put down dabs of the next color, wet your spatula, and smear it around. It's probably not quite as smooth and beautiful as fondant. But, it tastes better. :)

"As for butter versus margarine, I trust cows more than chemists." - Joan Dye Gussow

DeannaS's picture

(post #52387, reply #14 of 22)

Here's a couple of pics - the marbling/smearing is on the top of the bottom layer:
http://forums.taunton.com/tp-cookstalk/messages?msg=40340.31

"As for butter versus margarine, I trust cows more than chemists." - Joan Dye Gussow

msm-s's picture

(post #52387, reply #15 of 22)

I remember seeing this before- It's a wonderful cake! I wasn't sure what was going on with the blue and yellow then. now that I know, nice job Deanna!

Well, I've finally sat down and googled images of "stargates" and they all seem to be from the same movie/tv series,. It does look pretty cool and I'm guessing DS will go for this look. I was considering some sort of big 3D thingie originally, but the stargate looks like a snap with just a round flat cake tilted at an angle- there's lots of triangles around the edges so maybe that's what DS was trying to describe; he's probably seen posters of it somewhere. I'll show him the pix when he gets home and we'll tweak the design from there to customize. I can easily see how Deanna's frosting marbling technique would work for the liquidy effect, and i could use fondant for the metal structure parts. Last year for R2D2 i tinted the fondant blue-grey and used metallic powders to make it look like steel; worked beautifully. Might make the bridge out of dried fondant. Whew- this will be so much easier to transport! I'll transport it flat and set it up at the venue. Oh, BTW- we booked LaserQuest for the party.

msm-s's picture

(post #52387, reply #16 of 22)

BTW, have any of you guys seen the original Stargate movie? is it appropriate for an 8-yr old? I'd like to rent it.

Biscuit's picture

(post #52387, reply #21 of 22)

Sure - it's fine.  It's actually very tame.


Taking Max to see Star Trek today.  Yay!


Statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.
- Mark Twain

"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty."  - George Bernard Shaw

BossHog's picture

(post #52387, reply #17 of 22)

Are there any futuristic TV shows or movies that he likes? (Like Star Wars movies)

If so, maybe you could get some inspiration from it. Or buy some theme toys that you could incorporate into the cake - Like little Star Wars figurines or space ships.

Democracy is a device that insures we shall be governed no better than we deserve. [George Bernard Shaw]



msm-s's picture

(post #52387, reply #18 of 22)

Oh, honey- that's too EASY, No no no, LOL.

Besides, last year was Star Wars. I posted some pictures of my R2D2 cake in a thread called "show us your cakes". If you haven't looked at that thread, you'll really get a kick out of all the amazing cakes people here have made- lots of talent at CT!
Yesterday DS approved of the graphic I'm attaching below. I'll make the "inside a more appealing color, like aqua or green frosting, and use fondant for the metal parts. compared to stacking the slumping R2D2, this year will be a piece of cake, pun intended.

Here's the art for the new cake and a pic of las year's slumpy bumpy R2D2

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BossHog's picture

(post #52387, reply #19 of 22)

That R2D2 cake was cool. No one has ever made a cake anywhere NEAR that extravagant for me.

Sorry I couldn't come up with a more helpful suggestion. But I do think it's cool that you're putting so much effort into it. Hopefully when he's older he'll brag about how much work you went to for his birthday every year.

My grandmother's kitchen was a very fun place to be. She was always baking and icing cakes [Sandra Lee]



msm-s's picture

(post #52387, reply #20 of 22)

Thanks for the suggestions anyway :-)
At 53, I just don't have enough energy to be a really fun mom and do all the running and wraslling DS would like, but as an artist, I can at least make my son some over-the-top cakes .
But, so can lots of the people here! You really should check out that cake thread; many pix of amazing cakes made by CTers.