cakesoutsidethebox Posted 24 Nov 2006 , 4:06am

I went to a cake conference recently and took a gumpaste flowers course. The instructor was adamant that you should never put a floral wire into your cake, she kept talking about plaques, but never elaborated. What is the right way to dc it and what is a plaque.
Thanks

7 replies
ShirleyW Posted 24 Nov 2006 , 4:33am

A plaque can be made of gumpaste, pastillage or even colorflow/run sugar. You would make a circle of gumpaste large enough to sit your flower arrangement on. You could attach them to the dried plaque with royal icing or melted white chocolate, but just a dab so the white icing doesn't show through the wires of your flowers. Then you can just set the arrangement on top of your cake.

Sparklepop Posted 24 Nov 2006 , 9:26am

The reason the instructor was adamant about not putting wires into cakes is they can have a reaction with the cake itself and make it inedible.

LeeAnn Posted 24 Nov 2006 , 10:20am

Or you can use a flower pick/ they come in varying sizes also from your cake suppliers.

IHATEFONDANT Posted 24 Nov 2006 , 10:36am

Has anyone ever watched Sylvia Weinstock decorate one of her cakes?

She pushes the flower wires into the cake.

Maybe they are wrapped with floral tape which might make a difference. The wire itself is not touching the cake.

dky Posted 24 Nov 2006 , 10:54am

also depends on local laws. Here in Australia in some states you are "not allowed" to insert wire into a cake even if its only part way to hold up a flower.

Some other states allow it if its a particular type of wire etc.

The other benefit to plaques is that people can lift off the arrangement and keep it forever as a keepsake.

KAREN

jmt1714 Posted 24 Nov 2006 , 12:32pm

you can do a search on this - there is a wide range of opinions on how to handle this. some say it is a no-no, some say there isn't any issue.

lapazlady Posted 24 Nov 2006 , 12:50pm

I've done it both ways, wire into the cake and then I discovered cocktail straws. They're very small, but the flower wire fits through with no problem and you make a smaller hole in the cake and the wire doesn't touch anything but the straw. I've also used regular straws, the make a bigger hole in the cake.

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