Hi all! I'm doing a 2-tiered cherry blossom cake for saturday and I've got a few questions. I want to copy this cake I found on pinterest:
I hope the link works - if it doesn't, it's a picture of a 2-tiered round cherry blossom cake with very sharp edges - sleek and modern looking.
All the cakes I've done so far have been buttercream - I'm not 100% confident enough yet with fondant to do a nice cake with it...so my question is, can I do a cherry blossom cake like this one in buttercream rather than fondant? And if so, how would I attach the cherry blossoms and sticks to the buttercream? I know with fondant you would use royal icing, but would that work on buttercream as well?
I'm not totally opposed to using fondant if it would turn out better - I've been wanting to move on to fondant, just not 100% confident yet...but I do know someone here who's experienced in fondant who could help me if necessary. Anyway, would love everyone's opinions. Thanks!
Yes, that cake can be done with buttercream. In fact, I'm about 90% certain that picture is buttercream. You can pipe on the branch with buttercream as well. The flowers would have to be done with fondant or gumpaste though.
If you're wondering about how to get the sharp edges, look up the "upside down method" of icing cakes. That's the easiest way to get crisp sharp edges.
That cake is done in buttercream. Stick the flowers on with a tiny dot of the icing. Not too much, you don't want it to show.
For the sharp edges I agree with Rose_N_Crantz.
Great! I'd rather not do a nice cake with fondant for a big crowd until I'm 100% sure it'll look right!
So the gum paste flowers will stay on if I use buttercream? I assumed I'd need something stronger like royal icing to hold them on. I've already made the flowers, they look awesome, especially for my first time using gum paste!
The flowers will stay on, I do it like that with no problem. I cover very few cakes with fondant. But I do make flowers and other things with fondant/gum paste and stick them onto my buttercream cake. Just don't use too much BC to stick the flowers on. Good Luck
Hope that helps, post pics, it is a beautiful cake.
If fact, you wouldn't even have to pipe a little buttercream on the cake/flower to make the flower stick. In the picture all the flowers are on a branch, and you're going to be piping the branch with buttercream. So pipe a few branches, stick on a few flowers, repeat as needed! Easy Peasy!
Thank you! I made the cake last weekend and it was a huge hit! The girl who ordered it said everyone made the biggest fuss over it at the shower! Pic is in my gallery. It's funny, I look at the pic and only see what could have been better, but people who don't make cakes thought it was perfect. I haven't even been doing cakes a year and still have such a long way to go, but this was the first cake where I really could see a lot of improvement! Yay yay!!!
On a separate note, the cake was picked up late Saturday afternoon for a Sunday afternoon shower - from the pics on Facebook, it looked like the flowers were a little droopy. My buttercream may have been just barely too dry though. Thanks again for the tips!
I can see why they loved it! It's beautiful - and your flowers are gorgeous!