I love making the cake toppers for weddings, baby showers, etc for friends and family. The bride and grooms, princesses, etc. I put the skewers in for support, but they still tend to fall off the cakes tops. Any tips or ideas to keep them in place on the top of the cakes? The fondant figures can be a little heavy. Thanks
AYou probably just need some additional support underneath your heavy items, like a bubble tea straw.
Depending on the design you can put them on a base, again with extra dowels just like your adding an additional tier. I'm not sure if that makes sense so I'll give you an example; I made a mini drumset for the top of a two tier cake. I used a thin, foam seperator covered in fondant and built the drums and cymbals on the seperator. I added a couple dowels to support the seperator and my clients were able to take the top off and keep it.
If you need some visual help Liz Marek from The Artisan Cake Co has some free figure sculpting video tutorials via YouTube (there are tons out there).
It's also important to let your pieces dry thoroughly before assembling. You also want to 'glue' certain things to your cake with royal or chocolate.
Are you leaving the skewer exposed on the bottom of the figure? anytime I make a figure I will leave about 2 inches of skewer at the bottom of my figure so it can be inserted into the cake. I even tape a skewer or straw onto those monogram toppers that only have a half-inch stubs at the bottom.
If they're really big or heavy, I would take @Smckinney07's advice and put it on it's own cake board with support underneath.
AThank you both!! I do leave in the skewers, but will try making them longer nect time. I slso may try using a dummy top cake to stick them in. ☆☆
AAnd if want extra extra (over kill) support, you can lightly smear melted chocolate or candy melt underneath the topper to act as glue :) that's what i usually. I also put a board and dowels underneath like what the other posters said :)
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Thank you both!! I do leave in the skewers, but will try making them longer nect time. I slso may try using a dummy top cake to stick them in. ☆☆
They have very thin ones, like in the craft isle, they have long sheets you can get a few squares from and rounds also. They are about 1/4 thick. I prefer it to an actual cake dummy but that would work as well.
There's a new Crafsty class from Sugar High Inc that's just about figure sculpting. I haven't seen it but they do lovely work.