Using Fountain With Wedding Cake

Decorating By rydilly Updated 30 Apr 2015 , 12:11am by rydilly

rydilly Posted 26 Apr 2015 , 9:08pm
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I am doing a wedding cake where I need to use a fountain and the roman columns.   This will be the first time doing this.     The bride would like me to make roses to go around the base of the fountain to cover motor.    The flower ring from wilton is discontinued but not sure that would work.     Would you recommend using a  foam ring and have wires in the roses to stick into the foam?  I also think I would need some other smaller type flower for fillers but not sure what to use.   Anyone has any suggestions  I would love to hear them.

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-K8memphis Posted 26 Apr 2015 , 10:28pm
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an idea to save you some time and headache is try using a rose garland -- just wrap it around - if you're using silk roses -- 

i'm re-reading your post and the bride wants you to make the roses? like gum paste or something? no not by a fountain -- i wouldn't make them for a fountain -- they can be a little sloppy/splishy/splashy and that's not a good place for pretty handmade flowers

rydilly Posted 26 Apr 2015 , 10:41pm
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great idea using the rose garland.  problem is I am making royal blue roses for her cakes and I don't think I will find that color.      Unless there is a way to dust the silk flowers?  Hmm?     can that be done?          I didn't think about the water with gum paste flowers!   you are right.   thank you for the info.

-K8memphis Posted 27 Apr 2015 , 12:37am
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i don't know if silk (probably polyester actually) flowers can be dusted successfully --  maybe you could dye them but i would just buy a few and insert them into a generic garland -- garlands are already full and give great coverage -- just plug in a few flowers-- bam done -- i would not get into dying anything -- too iffy too much trouble too much thinking too much time --

i worked with a girl who refused to pipe blue roses -- somebody else had to do it or we had to listen to her crazy rant --- she said there are no blue roses in nature -- now i've seen pictures of some but she didn't go for it -- she was a hoot to work with -- 

CindiM Posted 27 Apr 2015 , 1:14am
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Back when I did cakes, with fountains, I just used an ivy garland.  No flowers and it worked great and I just wrapped it around the base of the fountain.  No foam ring needed.

K8Memphis is right about the water splashing or spitting.  You may want to try the fountain out multiple times.  I had 2 fountains and on any given day one of them would work.   I always took a measuring cup with me for water to fill he fountain.   I knew how much water it took to fill the fountain.  It is a small thing, but a big help. 

Make sure the table is level.  Good luck you will have fun!

CindiM Posted 27 Apr 2015 , 1:16am
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Quote by @CindiM on 1 second ago

Back when I did cakes, with fountains, I just used an ivy garland.  No flowers and it worked great and I just wrapped it around the base of the fountain.  No foam ring needed.

K8Memphis is right about the water splashing or spitting.  You may want to try the fountain out multiple times.  I had 2 fountains and on any given day one of them would work.   I always took a measuring cup with me for water to fill the fountain.   I knew how much water it took to fill the fountain.  It is a small thing, but a big help. 

Make sure the table is level.  Good luck you will have fun!

 

HamSquad Posted 27 Apr 2015 , 4:40am
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I've used different types of fountains for wedding cakes and as previously posted K8memphis, they are really "splishy splashy"! Do not, I repeat do not use handmade gumpaste flowers around the base of the fountain. One time I tinted the water in the fountain and had gumpaste flowers around the base, there were tinted water spots all over the flowers. Try Efavormart .com, Hobby Lobby or Afloral.com for silk flowers in color you need.  Best Wishes! Feel free to look at my cake pictures with cakes with fountains.

-K8memphis Posted 27 Apr 2015 , 12:32pm
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yes, and as hamsquad says tinting is a whole 'nuther lesson plan -- i used to use cranberry juice for burgundy water -- 

cindim is so right about them working during testing and becoming belligerent onsite -- make sure all the little pieces are fitted together properly -- fill and test it before you stack the other cakes atop it so you have room to fiddle with it if necessary -- i seem to remember that i would lightly set the fountain tiers onto each other and there's that short little dooey that goes in first -- they are pretty reliable once you get all the ducks in a row but they can be tempermental as cindi said -


-K8memphis Posted 27 Apr 2015 , 12:32pm
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yes, and as hamsquad says tinting is a whole 'nuther lesson plan -- i used to use cranberry juice for burgundy water -- 

cindim is so right about them working during testing and becoming belligerent onsite -- make sure all the little pieces are fitted together properly -- fill and test it before you stack the other cakes atop it so you have room to fiddle with it if necessary -- i seem to remember that i would lightly set the fountain tiers onto each other and there's that short little dooey that goes in first -- they are pretty reliable once you get all the ducks in a row but they can be tempermental as cindi said -


leah_s Posted 27 Apr 2015 , 1:27pm
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ditto all the above.  Many large hobby shops carry silk roses in a variety of colors.  I've definitely seen royal blue roses.

But the larger questions, is are fountains coming back?  Mine broke 15 years ago and I never replaced it.

-K8memphis Posted 27 Apr 2015 , 2:19pm
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good question leah there are several recent posts about them ... they really are a cool addition to a cake table if the light is working --

i always thought that peeps would use the regular tabletop fountains you can buy nowadays -- they starting coming out in the nineties and i was going out of caking at that time and i thought everyone would use them and actually i don't think i've ever seen anyone use anything other than a regular cake fountain -- wonder why 

leah_s Posted 27 Apr 2015 , 4:20pm
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To me fountains just look like the 1980's.

HamSquad Posted 27 Apr 2015 , 5:14pm
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I was wondering if fountains were making a come back! I made a wedding cake last year for my Niece. She wanted a fountain. I got smart, I put a large sheet if white plastic, then put a sheet of foam padding on top, then the satin and tulle that went around the fountain to protect her table clothe from being saturate with yellow tinted water and being ruined. It worked! I have to admit fountains are a lot of stinking work! Oh yeah the fountain switch went, the toggle thing, worked fine at home, drove from Illinois to Wisconsin and the pump would not stay on! Thank God for my Brother-In-Law and some clear packing tape! I can laugh at this now, then I grew more grey hair!

rydilly Posted 30 Apr 2015 , 12:11am
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I want to thank everyone for their tips.    I am going to look for royal blue flowers.    I also like the tip about bringing a measuring cup and knowing the amount of water before I set up from cindiM

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