Had a bride come to me, wanting this cake in a 2-tier and ombred in shades of purple. Any help you all can give me, regarding construction of these swirly "flowers" and if you all think it's even possible to ombre 4 shades of purple on a a 2-tier cake, with this design.
The design is just a kicked up version of ribbon roses -- strips of fondant swirled and "glued" to the side of a fondant covered cake with any empty spaces filled with more fondant strips. I'd fold the fondant strips a bit and let them set up a bit before gluing them to the cake.
You won't be doing this one in four shades of ombre on a two tier unless you make the swirls alot smaller and graduate each row in a different shade OR unless you have an airbrush.
What do you use to "glue" them on? piping gel? water? other?
If you would rather do all buttercream here is a video below. Some use the 1M large rose swirl tip. In this video she is using the 2D tip. Either tip will work. You can do them all in white like your picture.
I normally use water to glue fondant to fondant, but these swirls would be heavier so I'd make a glue by melting a bit of fondant in equal parts water. Some would probably also advise you to add a little tylose to your fondant to give it a bit more body, and that would probably work well to keep your swirls from collapsing even if you don't let them set up first. It might also allow you to roll your fondant thinner to get a more delicate look. I personally would try it without the tylose first as an experiment. But that's just me.
Thank you for the info. I appreciate it.
Most definitely add tylose to your fondant! Will help the drying process immensely! You need to use a strong glue....If you don't want to use royal icing (which I think would be the best for such a heavy decoration) then use a little tylose in water...get it to a thick syrup like consistency. I love using this kind of glue because it is so clear and is very strong!