When you see those lovely multi-tiered cakes that have flowers cascading down the side of all the tiers, how are the flowers attached?
I use wire.
Well, actually, cloth or paper covered wire.
Paper covered wire, ends dipped in white chocolate and no, it doesn't flake or crack off. You can shoot me too
Hmmm...wire. Do you actually attach the wire to the cake or just bend it to fit to the side?? Do you glue any of the flowers directly onto the cake?
Also, do you thread the wire through the flowers? If so, must be before they are done drying?
I make buttercream roses and I just use a dollop of BC on the backside to apply them to the cake ... like in these:
http://cakecentral.com/gallery/1496730 (the how-to is in the comments)
http://cakecentral.com/gallery/1460806 (these flowers were purchased premade gumpaste ... purchased by MOB)
Were those cherry blossoms stick on with buttercream?
Would be ideal if I could fix the gumpaste roses I am making directly to the fondant with buttercream or RI (although will be assembling cascading roses on site). Is this possible?
yes, the cherry blossoms were held with bc. The branches were choc bc and I just placed the blossoms on the branches (as soon as I piped on the branches and before they crusted).
If I'm making the flowers I build them on a cloth covered wire. If I'm buying the flowers, they come on a paper covered wire. I just stick it in.
By fabric covered wire, do you mean the kind you buy prewrapped?
Also, is it ok to stick the wrapped wire directly into the cake?
I make wired gumpaste flowers so insert the wires while making the petals. Put wires in coffee straws & insert in cake. See lily cake in my pics.
I just wire the flowers together, I use either a straw filled with a little bit of fondant to stick them into the cake,or I use a flowerpick, it is a huge no no to stick wire into a cake.
these flowers are wired together and inserted into a couple of flower picks at the top of the cake.
the other way I do it I will use fondant that has been melted in the microwave for 8 secs with just a drop of water , this makes an excellent glue.
I don't stick wires into my cakes. I use melted chocolate or RI to hold heavy flowers onto a cake. Much stronger than bc or gum glue
I insert coffee stirrers into the cake and then place the flower wire in the hole of the straw. Works just fine, holds nicely, and no issues with wire inserted into the cake.
Have to say I love the idea of making the flowers without wires and then just attaching them with RI. Seems so much simpler.
Is the RI strong enough to transport the cakes with the flowers already attached?