I am doing a cake with gumpaste flowers and I would like to put a pearl in the middle of the flower, not a gumpaste or fondant, but what you would sew onto a wedding dress. I am planningn on entering the dummy cake into our fair, and I am not sure just how up to date some of these judges are. It not like you would be eating the gumpaste flower and I really like the look of the pearl verses the gumpaste or fondant. Just wondering what some of you CC think.
What are the rules?
I don't know about fair rules, but in alot of contest/competations they do not want inedible items on the cake. You can do wires with the flowers, but alot of the time plastics aren't allowed in the cake design.
TexasSugar is right. You need to read the rules carefully about what is allowed. And keep in mind that in most shows, you would have to tell them what everything is made of. I know most judges will deduct points (or not give as many) for using a "real" one instead of making it yourself. So be prepared for that.
It's so easy to make a pearl, or even buy them.
Thanks for the help and advice, I knew in my heart I should make them and dusting them with luster dust will make them look just like the craft ones.
You can also buy edible pearls.
I think it is safer for you to do that. You'd rather take the time, though they are quick and easy, to do that extra step then do the plastic/bead version and get knocked points.
Why not try the edible pearls? You can buy them in a variety of sizes and they look just like the real thing.
You can also make them quickly with some fondant and pearl dust.