How Do I Prevent Cascade Of Roses From "sagging" Into Cake Overnight?

Decorating By 624443Maggie Updated 25 Feb 2014 , 5:38pm by 624443Maggie

624443Maggie Posted 25 Feb 2014 , 5:07pm
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I wonder if anyone can help me?



I have been asked to do a small wedding cake for Saturday.  It is 25cm x 25cm(10" x 10").  It is only one tier, white with red roses.  I made roses and wired it together to make a bouquet.  It is quite heavy.  How do I prevent it from "sagging" into the cake overnight?  I am assembling it on Friday night for Saturday morning.  I can dowel the cake, but where do I put the dowels when it is a bouquet? I thought of covering a board with fondant and putting it on the cake before the bouquet goes on, but I am sure it will show.  I see so many beautiful cakes on cake central where the roses are draped so magnificently over the cakes without the cake denting or sagging.  How is it done?


I have never seen more beautiful cakes anywhere on the internet than on cake central.  You are all extremely talented!

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AnnieCahill Posted 25 Feb 2014 , 5:10pm
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Is there any way you could just set it on the cake the day of the wedding?  That way you wouldn't have to worry about it.  If it is heavy, you could do as you said and cut a board and put that under the fullest part of the arrangement, and then just put the dowels under where the board will go.

624443Maggie Posted 25 Feb 2014 , 5:19pm
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Thank you so much!  Maybe I will do that.  Because I am not as experienced as most of the other members, I am afraid that I will have an oopsie of some sort on Saturday morning.  I am so nervous, but this is something that I really enjoy so much. I have to deliver at 11am.  My bouquet is not that sturdy(I am still new to wiring!) I put it on a piece of sturdy plastic.  Maybe I can just slide it off the plastic onto the cake on Saturday morning? Shall I fondant the cake on Friday night and do everything else, and just leave the cascade for Saturday?


I appreciate your response.  Thank you. xxx

sugarflorist Posted 25 Feb 2014 , 5:22pm
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AHow about a polystyrene block covered in gumpaste, 2 inch square . Push the posy into the polystyrene and set in on top of the cake and dowel it that the weight of the posy is off the cake. The block is hidden by the posy.

cakebaby2 Posted 25 Feb 2014 , 5:27pm
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AIt's possible that the gauge of wire is too heavy? You could try twisting your separate wires onto something lighter like fine twine.(fishing line is great for this it's invisible and flexible and very strong) toothpicks can anchor your display or spray at various points distributing the weight evenly over the surface. Good luck .

624443Maggie Posted 25 Feb 2014 , 5:31pm
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Thank you! I will give this a go.  My posy is actually more fragile than it looks! LOL. I tried to wire it as tightly as I could, put even picking it up is a problem. I think maybe I used too thin wiring.  The roses are quite large, and I used 55mm wire(don't really know what that means). So even though I taped each flower's wire with florist tape, the whole thing is still very wobbly.  I will try to lift it up to put it over a piece of polystyrene.  Thank you for your advice. You make my world a better place!  Funny how I already feel better just knowing that I have shared my problem and that you are trying to help me! 

cakebaby2 Posted 25 Feb 2014 , 5:35pm
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AThe flowers will be beautiful the cake will be delicious and the couple are in love......what could be wrong with a fragile bouquet tumbling across the cake.

624443Maggie Posted 25 Feb 2014 , 5:36pm
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Thanks for the toothpick idea!  That also sounds like it can work.  I wired the roses by making a little hook at the end of the 55 mm wire that went into the rose.  I dipped it in a small amount of "sticky stuff"  I am from South Africa, and that's what it is called here. I don't know if I should have taped the wire before inserting it into the rose.  Thank you for trying to help me.  I appreciate it. xxxx

624443Maggie Posted 25 Feb 2014 , 5:38pm
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ROFL!  You made my day!  I feel much better! (Emotionally).  It is wonderful that we can have problems and fun at the same time!  Next week this time I will be laughing about it.  Have a wonderful evening, xxxx  Thank you for your input, xxx

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