Hello, I have never decorated a cake in my life and need some help if possible.
I have said I will help my friend out decorating her wedding cake, but I could do with some help with the basics.
All I am looking to do is simple bunting around the outside edge of the cake. I have sugarpaste and am planning on cutting the triangle shape bunting out of that, then piping on the string using icing.
What I need to know is, do I let the sugar paste shapes completely dry before I stick it on the cake? How do I stick it, I have heard that water will do the trick? And also, how soon can I make a start on this? The wedding is at the end of July. I want to be able to take my time and get it just right and not leave it all till the last minute. Is it something I cn start now and keep dipping into over the next few weeks? She has 3 large cakes that all want the bunting round the outside.
This might all seem a bit basic, but any answers, tips or advise would be appreciated. Thanks!
Do you have a link to a picture of what you are wanting to do?
When it comes to sugar paste/fondant, if you want something to dry completely you can do it ahead of time. If you want it bendable and soft, then you want to do it before putting it on the cake.
Hi, thank you so much for getting back to me on this one.
I'm afraid I don't have a picture of what I'm hoping to achieve on this one. I think I would like the flags of sugar paste dry so I can be making them now and they will all be ready to go at the same time.
So do you think I can get away with starting them now and storing them in a container?? Also, any clues how I would stick the flags onto the cake? Water? Icing?
Because I'm not exactly sure what you are planning on doing it is hard for me to say.
As far as sticking them on the cake you can attach with royal icing or gum glue. I usually make gum glue by mixing gumpaste with water, but there are many different ways you can do it.
Many thanks. I have just ordered some edible glue so will have a go using that!
Please let it work out
Your help is very welcome!
You don't have an order any. It's easy to make.
I want to say what we call gum paste is what you would call flower paste, but I can't remember for sure. Gum paste is what is used to make the flowers that dry hard fast.
If your pieces are on the heavier side I'd use the royal icing since it will really attach them well.
Ooh, lovely. I will give that a try. I think I need to bite the bullet and get stuck in now. Just hope it lasts ok till the big day! Thanks again
Good luck with it!