Painted Flowers Down Tiers--Design Help Please?

Decorating By ronronneuse Updated 20 Oct 2011 , 9:09am by hollyml

ronronneuse Posted 13 Oct 2011 , 1:54am
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I'm doing two two-tier wedding cakes next weekend. The mother of the bride--a friend of mine--is a wonderful artist who is going to hand paint some flowers on both cakes. She's going to start in the middle of the second tier (8-in), and paint large poppies and the like that cover where the cakes meet and go onto the bottom tier. She wants a black ribbon around the base of each cake, and her idea was just to cut it off around the flowers, but I'm thinking this will look strange, since the flowers have no depth. I though about doing some small piping at the base instead, but I guess it's the same problem. What do you think?

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mariacakestoo Posted 13 Oct 2011 , 2:22am
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I vote for no border at all, not icing, not ribbon, nothing.

ronronneuse Posted 14 Oct 2011 , 3:23pm
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Originally Posted by mariacakestoo

I vote for no border at all, not icing, not ribbon, nothing.




I guess I should have mentioned in my initial post that my skillZ are probably not good enough for that. I kind of rely on being able to cover my mistakes/sloppiness at the bottom. Besides, the bride and mother want a border icon_sad.gif. Just wondered if anyone had any execution ideas.

sj

mariacakestoo Posted 14 Oct 2011 , 4:11pm
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Well, the thing is, with beautiful hand painting, a ribbon will look off. It's a mix of mediums that wouldn't fly with this decorator. Actually I don't use ribbon at all anymore, it's fondant or nothing. What would look great, is try to get those borders as perfect as possible (spend twice as much time on this part if necessary), and pipe a very very even snail tral border, that gets smaller and smaller towards the flowers, eventually stopping where they start, and pick back up where they begin of course. You don't want anything to compete with the flowers. Only compliment them. And a ribbon ain't gonna compliment it.

mariacakestoo Posted 14 Oct 2011 , 4:12pm
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Snail trail...sorry. Here. like this: http://www.sifbeth.dk/x/lambethtut5.jpg but smaller, and NOT with a shell tip, just a round tip.

ronronneuse Posted 20 Oct 2011 , 2:47am
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Originally Posted by mariacakestoo

Snail trail...sorry. Here. like this: http://www.sifbeth.dk/x/lambethtut5.jpg but smaller, and NOT with a shell tip, just a round tip.




Thanks, mariacakestoo, I think that will be perfect. I will try to convince the MOB tomorrow when she comes over to do the painting.

hollyml Posted 20 Oct 2011 , 9:09am
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I think that the ribbon border wouldn't necessarily look bad with the painted flowers, but the flowers have to be laid out in such a way that it makes sense. And instead of interrupting the border, the painted flowers should emerge from or cross under the border.

Just some examples for inspiration:

http://cakecentral.com/gallery/2166514
http://cakecentral.com/gallery/2027273
http://cakecentral.com/gallery/2108923
http://cakecentral.com/gallery/1670097

Holly

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