Floating Flower Tiers

Decorating By mkaganov Updated 4 Feb 2015 , 5:18pm by leah_s

mkaganov Posted 28 Mar 2011 , 6:38am
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Hi Guys,

This is my 1st time posting (YAY!).

I am making a 3 tier cake separated by sugar flower tiers. What is used as the spacer to attach the flowers to?

I was thinking that it's Styrofoam dummies, but I am worried that because the Styrofoam is kind-of dense, it's going to be difficult to stick the flowers into.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks in advance.

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kakeladi Posted 28 Mar 2011 , 3:12pm
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Do you have a pic that we can see what you are refering to? Not exactly sure the look you are going for.

As for using styro - not a problem. Make at least some of your flowers on toothpicks or wires and you will have no problem. If you don't want to us non-edibles/wire just pipe a pulled line of royal icing on the back of the flowers to stick into the foam. Styro uaually pierces easilyicon_smile.gif

mkaganov Posted 28 Mar 2011 , 5:00pm
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Let me see if this will work. Do you think Styro is being used here?

http://nymag.com/weddings/planner/gallery/2006winter/cakes/

cai0311 Posted 28 Mar 2011 , 5:12pm
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I would use SPS with the longer legs (the 7" legs). I would place a piece of styrofoam between the tiers to stick the flowers in, but because of SPS the styrofoam would not be the support system. So the density of the styrofoam wouldn't matter for any support issues.

Moondance Posted 29 Mar 2011 , 8:36pm
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you need to either wire the roses, or make them on wooden toyhpicks, that way they will stick into the styrofoam without any trouble - make sure they are wekk paxked together d=for support

sillywabbitz Posted 30 Mar 2011 , 1:52pm
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I have only made 1 floating tier cake but I learned a lot so hopefully I can save you some of my troublesicon_smile.gif

I used styrofoam between my layers and used SPS in each actual cake. I would do things differently if I had to do it again so I'm going to give you what I wish I had done.
My cake was a 12 inch bottom, 9 inch middle tier, and 6 inch top tier.
http://www.keeponcaking.com/2010/09/pleated-fondant-tutorial/

If I were to remake the cake I would do the following:
12 inch cake on at least a 16 inch board. Place an 8 inch SPS plate and pillars into the the 12 inch cake. Take an 8 inch styro dummy and tape that to the 8 inch SPS plate. I covered my styros in the same fondant as the cake. In your case the flowers are dense enough you won't see much peaking out but it may look nicer when they cut it etc. Place a piece of strong tape onto of the 8inch dummy. Place the 9 inch cake (that has a 6 inch SPS plate and pillar already pressed into it") on top of the 8 inch dummy. Then tape a 5 inch dummy on top of that. Then the 6 inch cake on top.


My biggest mistake is that my dummies were too small compared to the diameter of the cake sitting on top of them which made it a lot less stable. I have suggested a 1 inch difference, I think you could do 2 inches and be fine but anything more would be a bit wobbly.

For attaching the flowers. I used toothpics (as you can very clearly see in the pics which was disappointing to me). I would not do that today. If I had used the above tiers and separaters, I would have been able to just use melted chocolate and attach the roses straight to the separaters which I think would have looked much better in the long run. If you do use wires or toothpics, make sure they are not too long. It was very hard to get the flowers into the styrofoam without breaking them. I even prepped each hole but it was very difficult to get them pushed all the way in.

One great thing about the design you posted is it has filler flowers and leaves which means you won't have as much empty space as I did. Once you make the amount of flowers and leaves you think you'll need ...make more. I thought I had made way too many flowers and by the time I was done I used everyone and wished I had more.

It's a beautiful cake.

seb1079 Posted 4 Feb 2015 , 5:07pm
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Thank you for sharing your knowledge! Got one coming up . . . 

leah_s Posted 4 Feb 2015 , 5:18pm
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cai0311 has the right idea.  Use the longer SPS legs and forget the stryo.  You don't need it.

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