Supporting The Cake Topper

Decorating By cheatize Updated 1 Jun 2011 , 6:11pm by carmijok

cheatize Posted 1 Jun 2011 , 5:10am
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I've searched the internet several times and found very little information about how to place and support wedding cake toppers. If this were still the 80's and brides were still using the plastic couple with some lacy plastic stuff, I wouldn't be worried. However, then is not now and I don't know about you but I wonder what on earth I was thinking when I chose my topper. lol

I am making my very first wedding cake. The topper is Willow Tree Promise- the smaller one meant for a cake topper. It is this one:

http://willowtree.info/product/promise-cake-topper

I looked at it in Hallmark today. It does have some heft to it. There is no hole in the bottom so I can't just stick a dowel in it. The bottom is fairly wide, though. I recall that some people put the topper on a plate or make a base for it. However, how do I hide a plate? The cake will be covered in fondant so do I put it under the fondant? That doesn't seem right because someone would have to dig it out, wouldn't they? I also cannot alter the topper in any way. These are meant to be display pieces in the home after the wedding. Can I simply place bubble tea straws in the top tier where the topper will sit? Will that keep it stable enough?

I really have no idea how to do this. Help, please?

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cheatize Posted 1 Jun 2011 , 5:11am
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I just noticed that the picture on the Willow Tree site shows it standing on a base surrounded by roses. That is not the way the topper is sold, at least according to what I saw in Hallmark today. It's just the figurine.

carmijok Posted 1 Jun 2011 , 5:22am
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Just have enough dowels in your cake to support the topper. Look at my OSU cake

http://cakecentral.com/gallery/1555614

That figurine on top weighs a ton. I had at least three dowels (the Wilton plastic ones) underneath, plus an orange gum paste round that I did several days earlier so it was good and dry...and hard. That way it wouldn't touch the cake. It worked great.

cheatize Posted 1 Jun 2011 , 2:58pm
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It's food safe so touching the cake is not a problem. Thanks tons and tons for the input! I'm starting to feel more comfortable with placing it.

Acentrix04 Posted 1 Jun 2011 , 5:29pm
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I would love to hear how it turns out.

I too have a heavy topper to add to a 4 tier wedding cake in July here in Colorado. The topper will be made with clay. Will the plate and dowels support a clay topper?????

katboss Posted 1 Jun 2011 , 5:58pm
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Originally Posted by cheatize

I just noticed that the picture on the Willow Tree site shows it standing on a base surrounded by roses. That is not the way the topper is sold, at least according to what I saw in Hallmark today. It's just the figurine.




Can you cut a small circle and cover it with fondant to stand it on, then surround it w/ roses like it is pictured?? Then you could use the bubble tea straws for support??? or does the bride not want anything like that??

Don't know if that helps but good luck!! can't wait to see the finished product. icon_smile.gif

carmijok Posted 1 Jun 2011 , 6:09pm
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Originally Posted by cheatize

It's food safe so touching the cake is not a problem. Thanks tons and tons for the input! I'm starting to feel more comfortable with placing it.




the food safety wasn't the issue...I didn't want icing on topper, because it would sink in a bit after the frosting softened. The disc added some stability as well.

carmijok Posted 1 Jun 2011 , 6:11pm
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Originally Posted by Acentrix04

I would love to hear how it turns out.

I too have a heavy topper to add to a 4 tier wedding cake in July here in Colorado. The topper will be made with clay. Will the plate and dowels support a clay topper?????




If your dowels are sturdy and evenly cut there should be no problem.

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