I want to make a similar cake to this for a Winter Wonderland themed cake competition.
Here are the rules:
A cake to be coated in sugarpaste or royal icing. Decoration to be of the competitors choice. No artificial decoration allowed including wires. The whole exhibit must fit into a 38cm (15) square.
I have emailed the organisers regarding using styrofoam dummies or wedges. I'm 99% sure the answer will be a no though.
So I'm wondering is there any other way to do this without the wedges? And how would you make twigs without having the wires to sculpt it around?
I could make it as a regular tiered cake, if the integrity of the structure is compromised by not using styrofoam wedges.
Any input would be appreciated.
What were you going to make the cake from? Would RCTs be strong enough to hold in place of wedges if it is not a fruit cake or something really heavy?
Could you use vermicelli for the twigs? I have a pack of it and they are really irregular maybe you could put a few together for the main part of the stalk and let the separate further up?
I doubt I would do a fruit cake. It'd probably just be a normal sponge.
I hadnt thought of rkt, that could work. If I coated it in royal icing it might be strong enough.
The vermicelli dipped in chocolate could work.
Any other suggestions? I'd love input from different people and explore different mediums I wouldn't have thought of.
And does anyone know if the RKT in place of wedges would work?
There's a recipe in this thread that could work. I used it for the ladybug cake in my photos, also for a competition. Originally, I didn't recommend carving it because I had a hard time leveling mine but what I didn't think of at the time was that my cakes were already a few days old. Maybe they're carvable when they're fresher. I still have that cake and it has held up wonderfully!
I added a reply onto that thread asking questions. I had never heard of anything like this before!
Lisa, I've only dabbled (at best) in cake decorating, but have supervised my girls through multiple years of gingerbread competition. The rules there are that everything must be edible, and the bulk of the creation must be from gingerbread, but rice krispie treats are the GO-TO solution for structural integrity in the more intricately-constructed designs. It was the first thing I thought of when I read your question, so if the form cake ends up not as shapeable as you hope, do give the RKT a try!