Attaching A Giant Bow To A Cake

Decorating By and_then_there_was_cake Updated 18 Apr 2012 , 3:26am by KoryAK

and_then_there_was_cake Posted 17 Apr 2012 , 6:01pm
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I am wanting to make a bow just like the cake in this picture, but I am worried about how to attach it to the cake. It seems like gravity will make it fall off the cake. Do you think if it is made from gumpaste that it will be sturdy enough to stay put?
I am also wondering if anyone has any ideas for delivery since the bow hangs down below the cake.
Thanks for the input.

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AZCouture Posted 17 Apr 2012 , 6:13pm
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Man those are some THICK and heavy pleats! If that was a real cake, I would guess the way I would attempt it, would be to form that bow way ahead of time on a dummy the same size so it would dry completely perfect to the contours of the real cake, and make some holes thru it so you could skewer through to the base board, after you set the cake on it's stand. Really get the impression that was a dummy though. I would make that out of Sugarveil...much lighter.

carmijok Posted 17 Apr 2012 , 6:23pm
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Gumpaste when rolled thin dries very light...I use it for all my bows and flowers...but it's also very hard...so any placement needs to be put on a same size dummy to dry to maintain the contours. It looks like this one is using the underneath strips of 'ribbon' to help hold the bow as well. I'd make a long strip and bend the ends at the top of the tier. Might put a skewer through to help hold while drying and to provide a hole to put one in the cake too. I'd put lots of buttercream or royal to secure as well. You obviously cover where needed with the flowers.
Honestly, I'd not attach until at the venue...but make sure to have extra of everything in case something breaks. Any extras can be stored and used for something else later. good luck~ thumbs_up.gif

icer101 Posted 17 Apr 2012 , 6:34pm
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I can,t read what op are saying, the ADS are covering everything, but i would use melted chocolate at the venue to attach all this(flowers,etc.) Make the bow thinner, etc. It should work . Good luck.

and_then_there_was_cake Posted 17 Apr 2012 , 7:06pm
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I've never used sugarveil before and I don't think I have time to order it in time, but it looks like a cool product. I will have to get some and experiment for future cakes.

Thank you all for all of your advise!

KoryAK Posted 18 Apr 2012 , 3:26am
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I have replicated that cake. Even with the stand and transported it that way. NOT easy but definitely do-able if you have a partner to drive while you sit in the back on the floor and cradle that baby.

I made the bow in gumpaste and placed it directly on the cake. I kept it propped open until it was dry. The flowers were made ahead of time and placed when the bow was still soft.

Here's the finished cake:
http://www.spdak.com/web%20galleries/wedding/wgc_media/source/Big%20Bow.JPG

And attached is me transporting it - yep she pushed me thru the hotel.
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