JennaGee Posted 18 Oct 2013 , 5:46am
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AOk I am actually not sure if it's really impossible, but I had to get your attention! I have a superhero themed wedding scheduled for next year and I am breaking my head over their cake topper. It is about 16 inches high with a base that is 4 inches in diameter. Oh and it weighs about 6lbs. And it's ceramic or something like that. And they want it on the top of the cake (top tier being 6in)

The groom swears it's possible to get the topper up there, he says he has done research and knows people who says there are methods (he has yet to explain what these methods are). The base of the topper is level, no spike to drive it into the cake with and I cannot hot glue a skewer to the bottom. I don't have much experience with pvc pipes or special support systems; I generally dowel with fat straws and stack and then hammer one long dowel down the center (you know, normal stuff) the couple is willing to pay extra for any internal supports but I am so afraid that the slightest nudge of the table might knock the topper off the cake or worse, cause the cake to Lean or cave into itself! I know a structurally sound cake can hold a lot of weight but have you ever topped a cake with something so heavy? Should I just tell them it's impossible?

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Dayti Posted 18 Oct 2013 , 12:14pm
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Is there any way you can get a picture of their topper? Then we might be able to help you better.

In any case, you should be able to stack the topper on the top cake, since if your supports are used correctly in the top tier, they will take the weight properly. Another issue entirely is the height - how will you "glue" it to the cake to stop it falling? Does it have a flat bottom? Does it weigh more on one side than the other? Is there any way you can attach it to a decorated thin cake board? Give us more info...!

JennaGee Posted 18 Oct 2013 , 12:22pm
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AI cant post a picture but the topper is tall, 16 inches. Its all one weight throughout, 6lbs. And the bottom is level but I cannot glue it with a nonperishable adhesive (not for the integrity of the cake but because they don't want the topper damaged, it's a collectable item)

I mean all the information I have is in my post above lol.

I guess I am just wondering if it's safe and possible to stack something that's 16 inches tall and 6 lbs on top of a 3 tier cake without it being attached to the cake? They basically want it to just sit up there.

cakestomuch Posted 18 Oct 2013 , 12:57pm
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ACould you put a few drops of hot glue or silicone and attach it to a cake plate? With just a few drops they should be able to get it apart from the plate. I would stack it like it was another cake tier with supports in the cake below it. I would not put it on until the cake is in place at the venue.

cupadeecakes Posted 18 Oct 2013 , 12:59pm
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If you decide to do it, write your objections (which are very valid) down on paper and make them sign a waiver releasing you from any liability should the topper fall and break, damage the cake, or God forbid, a nearby guest.  Does he realize that the topper, at 16 inches, will most likely be taller than the cake itself? 

 

I'm pretty cool with supporting 6 lbs on a 3-tier cake, it the height that bothers me.  I would insist on adhering the topper to the cake somehow.  Maybe you could put the topper on a separator plate.  I can't remember what it's called, but there is some sort of artists putty or gum that is used to hang paper prints on walls.  You could use that to adhere the topper to the plate

 

Edited to add:  Here's a link to the poster putty:

 

http://www.amazon.com/Duck-Removable-Mounting-Poster-1436912/dp/B000BQMFEC

cheeseball Posted 18 Oct 2013 , 1:05pm
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Originally Posted by JennaGee 


The groom swears it's possible to get the topper up there, he says he has done research and knows people who says there are methods (he has yet to explain what these methods are).

I wonder why he hasn't shared his research with you?

jenmat Posted 18 Oct 2013 , 1:26pm
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How about using white chocolate to attach to a decorative gumpaste plaque? Not sure it would work, but it would certainly come off in hot water!

 

If I were in your situation, I would say "after further thought and consulting with some experts (ha ha, us!), I really do not feel comfortable with your request. If you need to go in another direction, I completely understand."

 

If it's a collectible, then there is no way I would chance it because there is no way to guarantee that sucker will not fall and I would not want to be on the hook for replacing an expensive collectible! Even if you figure it out, will you sleep that night waiting for the phone call?

JennaGee Posted 18 Oct 2013 , 1:40pm
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AThanks for your suggestions!

I haven't the slightest idea as to why he hasn't given me the methods yet; I am assuming it might not be much more than what you guys are telling me because he is neither a cake decorator nor an engineer/carpenter/physicist (unless he knows some incredible way to actually screw the topper through the cake and into the base board... Omg is there a way to screw the topper through the cake and into the base board? Lol) .

The height scares me too, I am only worried that it might tip over because it's not fused into the base board :/

Would it be excessive to set up a wooden base with some pvc pipe and somehow manage to screw in a plastic or acrylic disc/plate on top once the cake is stacked? And then white chocolate the topper onto that plate? (I hope this makes sense, I haven't had my coffee yet lol)

BrandisBaked Posted 18 Oct 2013 , 1:51pm
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ABecause of the weight, treat it as an extra tier. Make sure there are extra supports underneath it, but i wouldn't use straws. Glue it down with melted chocolate. Should be good.

liz at sugar Posted 18 Oct 2013 , 2:47pm
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Let's see: 16" tall, heavy, possibly ceramic, collectible - sure, why not take all that risk for a ding a ling client who has researched methods and is sure it can be done???

 

How many extra hours are they paying you to engineer this?

 

I would just say no.  Just because somebody wants it, doesn't mean they get it.  Don't you have better things to do with your time?

 

Liz

JennaGee Posted 18 Oct 2013 , 3:54pm
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AOmg liz you're hilarious! Those were my initial thoughts but then I got to know the couple and they rly are sweethearts and they're understanding. But I love this challenge and as much as it scares me I want to know if this type of request is at all possible. I haven't told them I could do it, but I said I would research and get back them. So far I am guessing that because of the height I should steer them in another direction for the sake of sanity...

BrandisBaked Posted 18 Oct 2013 , 4:04pm
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AIf you're that concerned about the height, why not design the cake so that you carve out an "alcove" in the front of the cake so that the piece sits in front of the cake. I did a cake with figures on the front (totally different in that I sculpted mine and did it without carving space out), but I think it's a cool look, and my design won best of show at the San Diego cake competition several years ago. It's in my pics. Maybe you can get some ideas from that or come up with your own. Just a thought - the "topper" doesn't necessarily have to be on top.

leah_s Posted 18 Oct 2013 , 4:16pm
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I've done something very similar, except that my topper weighed 8 pounds.  USE SPS.  Put a plate into the top tier, so that the topper is sitting on the plate.  Obviously cover the plate with a circle of fondant.  Then use a smear of chocoalte or royal to adhere the topper to the fondant covered SPS plate.

JennaGee Posted 18 Oct 2013 , 4:17pm
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ABrandisbaked do you have a picture of the cake you described? I'm a a little confused. We played around the the idea of making the tiers a little shorter (2 layer instead of my normal torted 4 layer) for Heights sake but then nixed that thought.

I wish the topper were short and heavy or tall and hollow, but not both! I will post a picture as soon as I get the permission from The couple

liz at sugar Posted 18 Oct 2013 , 4:20pm
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Originally Posted by BrandisBaked 

If you're that concerned about the height, why not design the cake so that you carve out an "alcove" in the front of the cake so that the piece sits in front of the cake. I did a cake with figures on the front (totally different in that I sculpted mine and did it without carving space out), but I think it's a cool look, and my design won best of show at the San Diego cake competition several years ago. It's in my pics. Maybe you can get some ideas from that or come up with your own. Just a thought - the "topper" doesn't necessarily have to be on top.


Yes, Brandi's idea is great!

 

I was mostly being sarcastic in my previous post, but I really think if you are going to do something that will take a lot of time, your client better be willing to pay. :)  And you shouldn't accept liability for a fragile/collectible element just because they want to incorporate it.  That is at their risk, not yours.

 

Liz

BrandisBaked Posted 18 Oct 2013 , 4:21pm
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A[IMG ALT=""]http://cakecentral.com/content/type/61/id/3118667/width/500/height/1000[/IMG]

JennaGee Posted 18 Oct 2013 , 4:25pm
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AThank you Leah!!! Omg 8lbs!? How tall was the topper?

Liz don't worry I got it ;)

Here is a screen shot of the topper, I cropped it out of another r picture [IMG ALT=""]http://cakecentral.com/content/type/61/id/3122717/width/200/height/400[/IMG]

JennaGee Posted 18 Oct 2013 , 4:26pm
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AIts a beautiful piece and I would love to have that on one of my cakes, it's just so darn tall!!

JennaGee Posted 18 Oct 2013 , 4:27pm
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AOmg Brandisbaked that's beautiful!!

JennaGee Posted 18 Oct 2013 , 4:28pm
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ABut would carving into the cake like that take away from my servings? I mean an easy fix would be to add another tier if anything, oh but I'm loving this idea

-K8memphis Posted 18 Oct 2013 , 4:29pm
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to me it's their risk so sure i'd do it/have done similar--

 

of much more importance is the stability of the cake table--this is a disaster waiting to happen if it is a run of the mill catering table--i'd advise them to get a heavy desk or very solid like all wood table or one that does not ever fold up at all--

 

if it's an outdoor reception or an uneven floor--they're probably screwed--i'd just advise on the risks and the safeguards--it's very do-able from a cake standpoint as lots of cakers are saying upthread--

 

go for it--

-K8memphis Posted 18 Oct 2013 , 4:30pm
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Originally Posted by JennaGee 

But would carving into the cake like that take away from my servings? I mean an easy fix would be to add another tier if anything, oh but I'm loving this idea

 

 

use a foam tier carved out--to chime in on brandisbaked's great idea

liz at sugar Posted 18 Oct 2013 , 4:36pm
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Originally Posted by -K8memphis 
 

to me it's their risk so sure i'd do it/have done similar--

 

of much more importance is the stability of the cake table--this is a disaster waiting to happen if it is a run of the mill catering table--i'd advise them to get a heavy desk or very solid like all wood table or one that does not ever fold up at all--

 

if it's an outdoor reception or an uneven floor--they're probably screwed--i'd just advise on the risks and the safeguards--it's very do-able from a cake standpoint as lots of cakers are saying upthread--

 

go for it--

 

Yes, the problem isn't necessarily putting it on the cake - it is all the cr*p you don't have control over, like a wobbly base, or somebody bumping the table, or somebody wanting to finger it - or all kinds of other possibilities that are beyond your control. 

 

Liz

-K8memphis Posted 18 Oct 2013 , 4:49pm
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Originally Posted by liz at sugar 
 

 

Yes, the problem isn't necessarily putting it on the cake - it is all the cr*p you don't have control over, like a wobbly base, or somebody bumping the table, or somebody wanting to finger it - or all kinds of other possibilities that are beyond your control. 

 

Liz

 

 

that is not the cakers responsibility imo--

 

so long as all risks and safeguards have been discussed w/b&g and the caker does all their caking part correctly--

 

done

 

imo

JennaGee Posted 18 Oct 2013 , 4:51pm
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ASomeone bumping the cake and knocking the tier over is what's bugging meeee! Keep these great suggestions and "bear in minds" coming guys, I am so grateful for the help!

I know it's indoor, the cake will be in a corner near the bride and grooms table. Not out of sight but definitely away from the dance floor.

Lynne3 Posted 18 Oct 2013 , 4:58pm
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I would treat it as a tier, and set it on a cake round.  BUT I would adhere it with Museum Putty.

The groom can approve it.  It is used on valuable pieces, holds great, and causes absolutely no damage.

-K8memphis Posted 18 Oct 2013 , 5:08pm
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Originally Posted by JennaGee 

Someone bumping the cake and knocking the tier over is what's bugging meeee! Keep these great suggestions and "bear in minds" coming guys, I am so grateful for the help!

I know it's indoor, the cake will be in a corner near the bride and grooms table. Not out of sight but definitely away from the dance floor.

 

 

all we can do is our best ;)

liz at sugar Posted 18 Oct 2013 , 5:50pm
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If someone bumps it, and it starts to fall, maybe one of the superheros in attendance at the wedding can swoop in and save it. :)

 

Liz

-K8memphis Posted 18 Oct 2013 , 5:52pm
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Originally Posted by liz at sugar 
 

If someone bumps it, and it starts to fall, maybe one of the superheros in attendance at the wedding can swoop in and save it. :)

 

Liz

 

 

bwooowahahahaha

JennaGee Posted 19 Oct 2013 , 1:06pm
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LOL! Liz that's too funny. And actually kinda accurate, all their guests are encouraged to come to the reception dressed as their favorite hero/heroine. I feel that if I manage to get over this topper situation I'll be a kinda superhero in my own right! 

 

But off to the drawing board to mull over these fabulous suggestions and see what we end up with. Thanks again everyone!

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