I've Seen This A Lot And Want To Know How!!!

Decorating By TotallyBaked Updated 5 Nov 2009 , 3:39am by tonedna

TotallyBaked Posted 3 Nov 2009 , 5:25pm
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So, I'm pretty new to cake decorating, and am really enjoying it. I've seen a technique used quite a lot and would love to know how to do this. I've looked all over, but since I'm really unsure what it's called, I have a hard time finding directions icon_surprised.gif) It appears that a really stiff wire piece is used to suspend image plaques above the cake top, making them look like their sprouting out of the top. Here's an example of what I'm talking about:
http://www.cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=56071
Thanks so much for all the help and inspiration you guys have sent my way!
LL

17 replies
jillmakescakes Posted 3 Nov 2009 , 5:35pm
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They are simply wires that you would find in the florist section of your local craft store.

A point to consider is that the wire itself is not food safe and should NEVER be inserted directly into the cake. There are many different ways to make them foodsafe however:

*you can coat the wire in melted chocolate (some people have concerns about the chocolate breaking if the wire flexes)
*you can insert a samll drinking straw or coffee stirer into the cake and then place the wire into the straw/stirrer
*you can wrap the wire in fondant (although the wire may still poke through the fondant, depending on how you push it into the cake


Thats all I can think of right now, but I'm sure others will post their thoughts.

kakeladi Posted 3 Nov 2009 , 6:08pm
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.........sure others will post their thoughts........

jillmakescakes covered it well icon_smile.gif

Rylan Posted 3 Nov 2009 , 6:25pm
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I agree, I thnk Jill covered it well.

You can also use jewelry wires.

Win Posted 3 Nov 2009 , 6:36pm
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Jewelry wires and coffee stirrers are great (pipe melted chocolate down into the straw and those wires won't go anywhere!) The other thing you can do is make a ball of fondant and let it set up for a couple of days. Then you can insert the wires into that as a base --sort of the same concept as the bases they use to hold down helium balloon bouquets.

jdconcc Posted 3 Nov 2009 , 6:39pm
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I put mine into flower picks secured with fondant inside the pick icon_smile.gif

Sweet_Treats_1 Posted 3 Nov 2009 , 6:55pm
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Originally Posted by Win

Jewelry wires and coffee stirrers are great (pipe melted chocolate down into the straw and those wires won't go anywhere!)




Very good idea, Never thought of that.

wildwolves Posted 3 Nov 2009 , 6:59pm
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Great ideas there guys.. never though of using choc to make it food safe i always use fondant! icon_biggrin.gif

Niki11784 Posted 3 Nov 2009 , 7:20pm
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I have tried this technique with butterflies, and I had issues with the butterflies staying put on the wire, they just tilted and fell off. I used cut out shapes from fondant. How can I prevent this?

didavista Posted 3 Nov 2009 , 7:39pm
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i have used spaghetti noodles painted with luster.

Jenthecakelady Posted 3 Nov 2009 , 7:39pm
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Originally Posted by Niki11784

I have tried this technique with butterflies, and I had issues with the butterflies staying put on the wire, they just tilted and fell off. I used cut out shapes from fondant. How can I prevent this?




I got a great tip from another CCer about this. Heat the end of the wire you are using with a lighter then while it is hot stick it into the fondant. It really does work.

I have a bunch of the hollow plastic lollipop sticks that I got on clearance and use those for wires just as you would a coffee stirrer.

DeeDelightful Posted 3 Nov 2009 , 7:41pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Niki11784

I have tried this technique with butterflies, and I had issues with the butterflies staying put on the wire, they just tilted and fell off. I used cut out shapes from fondant. How can I prevent this?




Maybe glue them on with Royal Icing???? not sure.

jlynnw Posted 3 Nov 2009 , 8:09pm
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use cloth or paper wrapped wires. Dampen the wire and insert in the fondant. You can use water or gum glue to moisten the wire.

grandmom Posted 3 Nov 2009 , 8:21pm
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I made a bunch of these things last night. There were four fondant/gumpaste balls on a wire. I dabbed a bit of gumpaste glue at each hole where the wire passed through, then laid them on the table to dry. This morning they seemed quite secure.

Edited to add: I made gumpaste glue by dissolving a little Tylose in water. Really sticky stuff.

TotallyBaked Posted 4 Nov 2009 , 8:22pm
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Thanks, everyone! This really helps a lot icon_surprised.gif) Also, for example in this picture, are the stars made from fondant? Gumpaste? 50/50 mixture of the two and then painted with luster? Also, if the stars were white to begin with, would you paint them gold with a mixture of gel coloring and what? Thanks again, guys... You've been sooooo much help!

Win Posted 5 Nov 2009 , 1:26am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by TotallyBaked

Thanks, everyone! This really helps a lot icon_surprised.gif) Also, for example in this picture, are the stars made from fondant? Gumpaste? 50/50 mixture of the two and then painted with luster? Also, if the stars were white to begin with, would you paint them gold with a mixture of gel coloring and what? Thanks again, guys... You've been sooooo much help!




I'd say those are straight-up gumpaste stars. It looks like Aztec Gold. I'd paint them with that and vodka, mixed to make a paint-like consistency. No gel color, luster dust and vodka only. (some people paint with the luster dust and lemon extract, but I think it evaporates so quickly you are constantly have to add more extract.) Here's a link to the color:

http://www.globalsugarart.com/search.php?search=aztec+gold&searchimage.x=0&searchimage.y=0

Happy Caking!

SecretAgentCakeBaker Posted 5 Nov 2009 , 2:28am
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One tip I learned from someone (sorry, I don't remember who) here on Cake Central is to pipe royal icing into the coffee stirrer, then put the wire into that. I let it dry overnight and it acted like glue, plus I didn't worry that the wire would accidentally poke through.

tonedna Posted 5 Nov 2009 , 3:39am
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If you are worried about food safety with wires, dont use the florist ones, use the paper covered wires.
Edna icon_smile.gif

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