I have been asked to make a cake similar to the one below. I have never made flowers like these. Any advice? Tutorials? Thank you so much!!!!
Also...she does not want the cake to be covered in fondant...she wants cream cheese icing. I have never been able to get cream cheese super smooth...any advice?
I don't think the flowers look all that unusual. Just normal cutter shapes.
Here's how I deal with cream cheese icing.
I refuse to do it. There's no reason I ever let a customer tell me to do something that I know won't work (at least for me).
same here, I won't do cream cheese, especially for a wedding where the cake may sit out for hours. cream cheese is not good with heat. Pretty cake though.
Here it is in a larger size.
The flowers look cut with normal flower and leaf cutter shapes (as leah_s said), with dots piped in the middle and on some of the petals. Very lovely cake!
I agree that the flowers look easy to make with cutters and piping but just wanted to suggest an alternative to cream cheese frosting. I bought cheesecake flavored oils from LorAnn (purchased on line, I believe) and used it in my buttercream instead of the flavorings I usually use. It seemed to work well and the bride and groom liked it at the tasting. I also tried adding a dry package of cheesecake pudding but you have to alter the amount of liquid. The taste was good but I wasn't as pleased with the smoothness of the buttercream with this method. Just some suggestions. I've added merigue powder to try and help smooth cream cheese frosting but find I do better to just refrigerate and smooth several times. I still would not do it for a wedding though.
Looks like the rose five petal cutter, some of the bigger flowers the petal are folded at the bottom. The smaller flowers are a Wilton cutter. Then their all piped like the above said.
Flowers the size of the larger ones will not stick to cream cheese icing and stay in place -- they will slide down as soon as the cake gets to room temperature. I'm with Leah -- just say no. There was a thread a week or so ago in which several members suggested telling brides that the look they want (as in the photo here) cannot be achieved in cream cheese. Give her a tasting of a good fondant and see if you can persuade her to go that route.
when my customer wants cream cheese icing, I tell them ONLY on kitchen cakes..........otherwise, use it as a filling and cover in regular bc.........no way I'm monekying with getting that smooth on the main cake!!
Thank y'all so much for the advice!
I told the bride that cream cheese just wouldn't work! She is ok with fondant now.
I bought some of the cutters today so hopefully my flowers will work out fine! I have used piping gel in the past to attach fondant to fondant.....but they weren't very heavy things. Do you think that will work with these flowers or is there some other way y'all prefer??
Thank you again! You girls rock!
Kimberley, I would go with thick royal icing (like Antonia74's here on cc) or melted white choc/candy melts to get the flowers to stick. They both set up fairly quickly and are much stronger than the gel. I promise it will make your delivery and set up safer!
I've made this cake, but square. (Brown wedding cake on page 3 of my pics) The flowers were super simple. i just used a circle cutter, then the ball tool and foam to make the petals cup shaped. "Glued" the petals together with royal icing. I was surprised how well they turned out. I bet yours will work out just fine too!
great cake.. love how "simple" it looks.. as far as design.. I know that execution is also something different!!
How do you get the pink frosting shiny like in this picture (or is that just the photography)?