How do you attach wired decorations to a cake? Do you cover the wires somehow or do you clean them with something? I'm thinking springy stars on a 4th of July cake...
I think you put a straw down into the cake and insert the wires into the straw.
OMG I'm so stupid! Thanks Beckalita! I use straws to support pieces all the time - recently the palm trees on a palm tree cake. Why didn't i think of that??
I'm so glad you asked this, I think I'm going to do one this week, and I was going to use flower spikes! Straws sound much, much better.
i was just going to ask a question on wired decorations. I was thinking of doing some w/stars and flowers. can i make them out of fondant? and if so, do i just stick the wire through the fondant so it can hold?
I was going to ask this question, too.
But how does the drinking straw hold a wire? I'm confused? If you push a straw down into the cake and then sit a thin little wire inside it with a weight on top of it, won't it wobble all around and fall or lean over?
Sorry, I'm not understanding this....
i also cannot see how a stirring straw can keep the decoration in place unless something is packed inthere to keep it steady. theres got to be a trick to this.
You can use the really tiny "straws"...more of a hollow plastic coffee stirrer~ they are long enough for a 4-5
inch tall cake but not as long as a regular soda straw.
Also, you put numerous wires into the same straw so that they're not spinning around. You can make a decent "burst" from a single straw in the center of the cake.
I never would have thought to use the coffee straws. That is a grat idea!
I am glad I read this thread. I am currently making tulips for a garden cake for fathers day. ( haven't quite figured out how I am going to do the cake yet) But I was going to ask the same question today.
I just joined yesterday and I am overwhelmed with all the information here. What a wonderful site!!!
Coffee stirrers are great for single wires. If you use something roomier than a coffee stirrer, jam a thin log of fondant into your straw to hold the wires in place.
For single wires holding very lightweight pieces, all you need to do is wrap the wire in plastic wrap (Saran). It will come right out and not stay in the cake when the wires are removed. That's how I did the stars on this cake: