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Sweet 16 with Stars

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I’ve noticed a trend with Sweet 16 cakes that I believe has been overdone and may even be dated.  I’m working on new designs, and I’d like to call this a start.  I’ve seen a lot of designs calling for hot pink, zebra print, and high heel shoes.  I understand the symbolism of high heeled shoes as it marks a transition into adulthood for women, but I don’t understand how animal prints got involved.  Here is my take on a Sweet 16 cake.

I’m a fan of stars because they’re more exciting than dots and less personal than hearts.  Flowers are nice, as well, but many teens are straying from distinctive gender imagery.  Maybe it has to do with a modern era, or maybe it has to do with teenage rebellion.  Either way, I don’t thing zebra print is the answer.  I like to play around with bright colors when it comes to teens, and you can never go wrong with a little glitter (which shows up bright white in this picture).  I had a customer once accuse me of not recognizing her daughters femininity by choosing purple to write “Happy Birthday”, which is probably why I like to use it so much on girly cakes.  There are many fabulous colors in the feminine color palettes besides hot pink!

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