AHi all! I am making a giant cupcake (Wilton pan) smash cake for a local photographer. The cake is a poundcake iced in American buttercream with 50/50 decorations. The topper is a 50/50 number one that has been skewered and dried. It's heavy-ish. Because she lives an hour away, she is picking the cake up on Friday night for pictures early on Saturday.
Originally, I was planning to stick the 50/50,skewered number into a drinking straw inside the cake & pipe some candy melts into the straw for extra security. The more I think about it, the more concerned I am about sticking the topper onto the cake the day before. The bottom of the number will be against the buttercream, what if it starts to soften, or what if it starts to sag? Should I just send the cake with an inserted straw and instructions to insert the dowel into the straw immediately before the photos?
Here's a photo for reference
AThanks for the input!