Please remember I am brand new at this, so if this question seems absurd, well..... just remember I'm new.
I'm following books and videos in my quest to learn how to make gumpaste flowers. With many of the flowers, you have a wire in the middle as part of the process. When I'm ready to do the decorating, do I just cut the wire off flush with the flower? I know sticking wires in cakes is not the thing to do due to lead, so I'm guessing this is what you do if you're not making a bouquet with stems??? Thanks...
No matter if you are making single flowers or are grouping them into sprays you will want to make sure the wire doesn't come in contact with the cake. You could cut the wire off but then it makes it harder to adhere to the cake, not impossible, just harder. What I commonly do is just insert coffee stirrers where I want the flowers and then stick the wires into the stirrers. They are food grade and keep the wire off the cake. With sprays you can wrap the wire with floral tape and then use a smaller straw to hold it inside the cake.
coffee stirrers or straws. Or I just use the prewrapped wire. Yep, livin' dangerously.
Wow, I'm pretty surprised. Shows what I know! I really expected that everyone cut the wires off. Thanks for clarifying the issue for me.
I just stick the wire right into the cake. I know that is a faux pas on here.
Silk flowers? Yep, they go right into the cake too.
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