I am doing a test run on some Floral Wire. I have a cake in a few weeks and I want to have White covered wire with gumpaste balls attached to the ends coming out of the cake. I have seen countless cakes like this on this site.
I bought 32 gauge wire and it is waaaay to flimsy. The weight of a small ball droops the entire wire over.
What gauge will be strong enough to hold up any gp or fondant decor.??
Will 22 gauge be strong enough??
I think you're going to have to go with at least a 20 guage. That is what has been recommended on here.
I tried a 24 and it was waay too floppy. I wanted it to flop a little, so I tried again and the 20 was perfect. If you want it to stand straight, use the 18. You could paint white chocolate onto the wire, as I haven't seen white floral wire. You could also put it through a lollipop stick. You have to put it through something anyway, as it cannot have direct contact with the cake. Have fun!
Cakesrock what do you put your wires in to prevent contact w/ the cake? Does painting w/ white chocolate do the trick?
No, choc alone would not suffice, as it can flake/break off and make contact with the cake.
You have to either put the wires through a straw or lollipop stick. Depending on how you want it to look, you can either put a number into a thicker straw and pour white choc or RI to hardern inside the straw, if you want a boquet look. Or you could put each one in a coffee stirrer type straw and spread them out over the cake. HTH!
I agree with Cakesrock - I use 20 gauge fabric covered wire - and insert them in "cofffe stirs" cut to length. HTH
Thanks for the tips!