Scottish Thistle?

Decorating By eve81 Updated 17 Aug 2010 , 10:02am by eve81

eve81 Posted 13 Aug 2010 , 7:18pm
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Hello again CC. It's clueless calling icon_wink.gif
Has anyone ever decorated a cake with scottish (purple) thistle?
I'm making my first wedding cake in November (the guest list has jumped from 150 to 300 ppl - not panicking MUCH!) and the bride (my friend) has mentioned she'd love a white round tiered cake with criss crossed ribbons and some thistle (because she is scottish). I imagine she wants it either as a cake topper or on a few tiers but I'm not sure what to do with regards to having fresh thistle, sugarpaste thistle or silk thistle.

Has anyone ever tried making sugarpaste thistle? or know of any books I can buy that could direct me. I imagine it's not a very much requested flower in wedding circles.
Fresh thistle.........
http://www.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http://www.suardal.ukfossils.co.uk/Ben-Suardal-Fossils/Location%2520photos/Scottish%2520thistle.JPG&imgrefurl=http://www.suardal.ukfossils.co.uk/Ben-Suardal-Fossils-Geology/location-photos.htm&usg=__LoMnad9LBT-U300kr4RnDd7TSC4=&h=366&w=500&sz=81&hl=en&start=21&tbnid=N1ePDlGrknR6hM:&tbnh=132&tbnw=178&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dscottish%2Bthistle%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DX%26biw%3D1259%26bih%3D581%26tbs%3Disch:1%26prmd%3Din0%2C218&itbs=1&ei=5ZllTIzfB5DQjAeij-yCDA&iact=rc&dur=366&oei=25llTITZB82AOPLL8fQM&esq=2&page=2&ndsp=21&ved=1t:429,r:0,s:21&tx=116&ty=108&biw=1259&bih=581

TIA

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langranny Posted 13 Aug 2010 , 7:30pm
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Yikes. Where I grew up in Oklahoma, those were called weeds...

RoseCitySugarcraft Posted 13 Aug 2010 , 7:31pm
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There is a patchwork cutter that has a thistle on it.
Global Sugar Art has them, and they have it pictured in a ribbon on the cake. it's beautiful.

Perhaps you could show that pic to the bride and see if she likes that idea for a border around your tiers?
HTH,
Scott

rainbow_kisses Posted 13 Aug 2010 , 7:35pm
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If you do a search for scottish thistle and tartan wedding cakes you will find loads of images. Have you thought about a cold porcelain thistle? something like these http://www.perfect-petals.co.uk/main.php?type=Corsages

eve81 Posted 13 Aug 2010 , 7:43pm
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Originally Posted by langranny

Yikes. Where I grew up in Oklahoma, those were called weeds...




lol I live in Ireland and they're pretty much weeds here too! but they are very much symbolic of Scotland so I can understand why my friend would want them considering she's getting married in Ireland (grooms home)

eve81 Posted 13 Aug 2010 , 7:47pm
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Originally Posted by

There is a that has a thistle on it.
has them, and they have it pictured in a ribbon on the cake. it's beautiful.

Perhaps you could show that pic to the bride and see if she likes that idea for a border around your tiers?
HTH,
Scott



Thank you for that Scott. Just did a search on ebay.co.uk and they have them on there for £3. what a bargain! Will order one and show her the results of a little test run. icon_smile.gif

eve81 Posted 13 Aug 2010 , 7:50pm
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Originally Posted by scrummymummy

If you do a search for scottish thistle and tartan wedding cakes you will find loads of images. Have you thought about a cold porcelain thistle? something like these http://www.perfect-petals.co.uk/main.php?type=Corsages




I didnt even know they existed! Thanks for that. I've taken copies of the pics to put in my book with the other types. I've already got a scrapbook together to go over with the bride/groom so we can make the final decisions. Im so glad I asked this question on here. icon_smile.gif

eve81 Posted 13 Aug 2010 , 7:59pm
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cakes47. Thank you so much for going to that trouble. I thought I had searched on thistles but I must be a bit rusty with the search engine on here. Lots of great ideas there though.
Does anyone happen to know how they get that fine effect at the top of the thistle? That is what I can see being my biggest challenge if I need to make them.

bellatrixothersis Posted 15 Aug 2010 , 1:42pm
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I posted a reply on the other thread..didn't know this one was here. The fine effect is cotton thread wrapped around fingers.

tesso Posted 15 Aug 2010 , 4:20pm
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I think they are beautiful, and here in the south they are called bull-thistle.

It looks like you have alot of info on how to make them, so i just want to say, Please let me know when you post pics of the cake. I love bull-thistle and think it would be gorgeous on a cake.

eve81 Posted 16 Aug 2010 , 7:38am
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Originally Posted by bellatrixothersis

I posted a reply on the other thread..didn't know this one was here. The fine effect is cotton thread wrapped around fingers.




Thank you Bella!

eve81 Posted 16 Aug 2010 , 7:40am
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Originally Posted by tesso

I think they are beautiful, and here in the south they are called bull-thistle.

It looks like you have alot of info on how to make them, so i just want to say, Please let me know when you post pics of the cake. I love bull-thistle and think it would be gorgeous on a cake.




I will do Tesso! I think their colour is very pretty also. But then I love the simplicity of daisies and a lot of ppl where I live refer to THEM as weeds. icon_surprised.gif

kyhendry Posted 16 Aug 2010 , 8:51pm
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Eve81 - I was browsing around someone's flickr page and noticed a cake she did with these thistles. here's the link for you to look at. She'd probably be more than willing to give you pointers on how she did her's. http://www.flickr.com/photos/lecupcake/3426871134/

eve81 Posted 16 Aug 2010 , 9:28pm
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Originally Posted by kyhendry

Eve81 - I was browsing around someone's flickr page and noticed a cake she did with these thistles. here's the link for you to look at. She'd probably be more than willing to give you pointers on how she did her's. http://www.flickr.com/photos/lecupcake/3426871134/




omg they're fantastic! I'm going to pm her now. Will let you know if I hear back from her.
Thanks so much for that, it was incredibly nice of you!

luvbuttercream Posted 16 Aug 2010 , 9:42pm
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[/quote]Eve81 - I was browsing around someone's flickr page and noticed a cake she did with these thistles. here's the link for you to look at. She'd probably be more than willing to give you pointers on how she did her's. http://www.flickr.com/photos/lecupcake/3426871134/



This photo I am pretty sure is not hers but one she took at a show.

eve81 Posted 17 Aug 2010 , 10:02am
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ah that makes sense! I'll try googling the show it was taken at to see if I can get any more info.
Thanks icon_smile.gif

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