How do I "glue" these pearls on?

Decorating By Britterfly Updated 5 Sep 2013 , 5:57pm by shanter

Britterfly Posted 5 Sep 2013 , 1:45pm
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A customer sent me a photo of this cake she wants. I have a few questions if anyone can help me...


1. Are those the edible pearls you buy in a bottle? Or did that person make them out of fondant herself?

2. How do I "glue" the pearls onto the cake like this? Do I use piping gel? I'm especially worried about doing the middle tier, with the band of pearls in the middle like that.

3. If I use piping gel, won't the gel eventually slide down because of gravity? Considering the gel never dries. I did a fondant waterfall cake a while back & I used piping gel for the waterfall... well the gel kept sliding down the cake. I had to keep re applying & smoothing it out until they picked it up. I don't want to go through this again, especially with a wedding cake.

4. How do you make those large roses? The only roses I've made are much smaller than that & I used the Wilton cutter set/instructions.

5. How do you attach the gum paste roses to the cake sides like that? Without them falling off or sagging? The roses I've made were pretty heavy & they weren't that big. I'm worried that top one won't hold up.


Thanks in advance!!


Here's a link to the cake photo...

6 replies
luckylibra Posted 5 Sep 2013 , 1:55pm
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I would use royal icing to attach the pearls and when I have done roses on the side of a cake I use a dowel to make the center and then it is a sturdy piece to attach the petals to then poke into the cake. As for the size, just a larger cutter for the outside petals.   Best of luck, it looks like a fun challenge.

JSKConfections Posted 5 Sep 2013 , 1:55pm
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Those do look like hand made fondant pearls to me.  You would roll them then put edible luster dust in a bowl or baggie and toss around to can also apply these with just a bit of sugar glue, no need for piping gel, I've also used just a tiny bit of water too.

SweetCarolines Posted 5 Sep 2013 , 2:05pm
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1. I suppose she could've made them with fondant. It would probably be easier to buy edible pearls in various sizes. 


2. Royal icing. If you make the pearls out of fondant, use water. 


4. YouTube search "gumpaste roses."


5. Floral wires. 


If I were you, I'd buy a dummy and practice making this cake several times. 

BrandisBaked Posted 5 Sep 2013 , 3:10pm
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AIt looks like a variety to me. Some are perfect, some look hand modeled and there are definitely some piped dots as well.

shanter Posted 5 Sep 2013 , 5:57pm
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You can also use melted white chocolate as glue; it solidifies faster than royal icing.

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