Hiya, so the story is.... My brother is due to go to Afghanistan with the RAF in a few months and him and his fiance have decided to get married before he goes. They are marrying on a very small budget and have cut costs wherever they can. I am the baker of the family and regularly make cupcakes and sponge cakes for family birthdays but never anything more.
Soooo. They asked me to make their wedding cake.
Not too bad i thought, until the bride decided she wanted a 3 tier stacked(?) cake, i did manage to talk her down from 4!
So, i have the tins, the fondant icing, theres a cake making shop near me that stocks boxes of madeira cake mix which i will probably use and we have bought rods and a cake base big enough.
The design is goign to be plain but with icing butterflys (sort of cut outs) travelling all the way down one side of the cake. I started making these last week out of the fondant icing as i was pretty sure they would last until the wedding on the 4th Sept but when i looked today..............they have all flattened! We wanted them to be looking like they are resting on the cake and i did try and dry them like that. Is there an additive that needs adding to the findant to make it set or should i be using something totally differeent?
All ideas gratefully accepted!
Hi , You can add some tylose to your fondant , this helps it dry faster. Then after you cut the butterflies out lay them in the crease of a square or rectangle cake pan and they will dry to look like they are flying or sitting .HTH
wow, 60 views and only one reply. Thanks guys.
I went to the local cake decorating shop that i mentioned and they advised me to forget using fondant at all and to use pastillage. I have now made all 192 butterfiles for this cake and they have turned out perfect
Wow, that's awesome. I've never used pastillage before. I would have also suggested using tylose with your fondant to make these. I'm glad it turned out, but sorry you didn't get more help. Last week was a BEAR for me at work, personally, and I haven't been able to check the forums as much.
i always use flower paste when doing things like butterflies because it drys solid, They keep there shape fantastically
Well its all over with now! The cake turned out brilliant - much better than i could have ever hoped for and had nothing but compliments on it. It wasnt perfect but hey, its the first time i have done anything liek this and i have had no training etc.
Let me know what you think.
vicci0151 - Very nice work, the cake turned out very pretty.
I like the butterflies! The jewels and butterflies on the wires give it a really nice touch.
Gorgeous!! Those butterflies are amazing.
p.s. a big salute & thank you to your brother for his service
The wedding may have been on a budget, but that cake does not say it. It is beautiful. Congrats on making your first tiered wedding cake. You did an awesome job and thanks to your brother and his wife for serving our country. I say thank you to her too, because I have many military friends and their wives are just as important as they are, since they are the ones taking care of their families back home and their number 1 supporter and fan.
The glittery butterflies are beautiful. You should be very proud. I hope your brother is home safe and secure very soon.
Thanks guys, I am still in shock that it turned out so well!