Supporting Heavy Cake Topper

Decorating By havingfun Updated 15 May 2009 , 12:37am by idjitmom

havingfun Posted 14 May 2009 , 3:10pm
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How would you support a cake topper for a wedding cake that weighs over a pound? It is 18 oz. The bottom is NOT flat. It is porcelain, so I need to protect it for the future. I was thinking of making a flat piece of gumpaste and letting it dry, to put it on, and then dowel. Any suggestions??

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idjitmom Posted 14 May 2009 , 7:16pm
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Dowl it of course. How about finding something for it to set on - a gumpaste plaque like you said, or a small mirror or something similar?

shanna_banana Posted 14 May 2009 , 7:39pm
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There's also this stuff called "tack it" or something like that. It looks like white putty. We used it to make sure stuff didn't fall off of high shelves during earthquakes (I used to live in CA). You could use some in an inconspicuous (sp?) place to secure the topper to the mirror. That way if anyone bumped the table or the cake, it wouldn't come flying off. I really like the idea of the mirror too, idjitmom

havingfun Posted 14 May 2009 , 9:10pm
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I thought of the mirror also, but the MOB does not like that idea. I thought the gumpaste plague would be less noticeable and I was going to make it look like cobblestone, since the topper is the bride and groom standing in a garden setting. Thanks for the great suggestions though! Any other ideas??

btw, shanna_banana, LOVE the iris!! We had a major storm through here, and most of mine are on the ground now. icon_sad.gif

shanna_banana Posted 14 May 2009 , 9:53pm
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btw, shanna_banana, LOVE the iris!! We had a major storm through here, and most of mine are on the ground now. icon_sad.gif




I love iris too, havingfun. Unfortunately I live in AZ now and we're lucky to get one or two blooms in spring before the heatwave. I used to live in OK and the entire north end of our house was planted with them. Tried to make one with gumpaste for Mom's Day cake, but came to realize I might need to take a lesson or two! lol

Back to the topic...I think your idea sounds great. Is there any way to secure the topper to the plaque? For some reason I have a feeling if it falls over they are going to blame you (of course). Good Luck and post a pic when you're done!

terrier Posted 14 May 2009 , 10:04pm
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I think the gumpaste plaque would crack under the weight of the topper...why not cover a small cake board with fondant then dowel it..three dowels would hold it up nicely!

kelleym Posted 14 May 2009 , 10:51pm
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I have successfully used a Wilton "hidden pillar" in the center of the top tier to support heavy toppers.

havingfun Posted 14 May 2009 , 11:17pm
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kelleym, the problem is that the base (underneath) is not flat. There are only flat places on the edge, the center is concave.

idjitmom Posted 15 May 2009 , 12:37am
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Originally Posted by havingfun

I thought of the mirror also, but the MOB does not like that idea. I thought the gumpaste plague would be less noticeable and I was going to make it look like cobblestone, since the topper is the bride and groom standing in a garden setting. Thanks for the great suggestions though! Any other ideas??

btw, shanna_banana, LOVE the iris!! We had a major storm through here, and most of mine are on the ground now. icon_sad.gif




Maybe a small tile from a home improvement store??

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