Are there any books on how to do a floral spray on a cake? I have a hard time figuring out how and where to place my flowers and what flowers to use together.
Do you just have the natural talent to know how to place your flowers or do you have guidelines that you follow?
I just place them where I think they should go. Sometimes it's a design in my head, sometimes it starts with a flaw that needs to be cvered up.
When I was getting started, I just look at pics of other cakes and followed those as examples.
One thing I do is pipe a large mound of green icing on the cake, then place the flowers on that. It gives height to the flowers (they're not just flat on the cake), plus by using the green icing, it looks like leaves or greenery peeking out from under the flowers. Showed this trick to a 10 year old girl I was teaching cake decorating for her 4H project ... she got a ribbon that is higher than a blue ribbon and the judges cited her height and depth on her spray as the reason!
There's also a very helpful tutorial on youtube. Just do a search for cake decorating and you should find it. It's very step by step. Hope that helps.
A really good book on arranging and piping bc flowers is roland winbecklers butter cream flowers book.
Thanks for the tips. I'll check out youtube for help, and see if I can find that book at the library.