I'm totally new to this, but my sister asked me to do her wedding cake. It'll be slightly shorter then 4" layers. But I have a 12" 10" 8" and 6". She'd like roses cascading down the side.
What would be the best frosting recipe to use for them? Royal? Bc?
buttercream probably isn't the best medium given its fragility and vulnerability to heat, humidity, etc. have you though about gum paste or wafer paper, You could make them in advance.
I don't know anything about those. But I was refering to bc made with hi ratio.
one way using buttercream is to add cornstarch to make sure the roses perform for you -- i've made cascades with all kinds of american buttercream -- fat + powdered sugar + liquid + flavor in 10,000 ingredient variations -- my favorite being made with butter & cream mmmm
you can also make them in advance if you want and apply them after they crust -- but you can apply them fresh off the nail too
K8Memphis what ratio would I use? 1-2 or 1-4? Plus how do you attach fragile bc flowers to the side without ruining them?
- 1 cup fat
- 1/2 cup liquid
- 2# powdered sugar
then after it's all mixed when i'm coloring my icing and filling my bags i'll mix in some water for leaves/tendrils so the icing is looser and some cornstarch for roses so it's stiffer -- we almost always used the countertop to mix -- or if it was a 5 gallon container and you're just doing white you could do the water/cornstarch mixing right in the bucket -- just mix enough for your bag --
i love doing cascades and i especially love the thrill of fooling the eye into thinking there's more flowers than there really is -- for example you only really need one full rose hanging off the side of the tier at about two 2" high -- i'd break a popsicle stick in half and insert both pieces in the side of the cake at about the 2" mark side by side so now i have a little ledge/perch to rest my freshly piped rose on -- place it there right from the flower nail --
and all the flowers need to all be 'looking the same way' -- this particular rose is set a bit on it's side so it 'looks' out toward you -- then you can pipe more roses for the ledge below say two together and one on top of that all 'looking' in the same direction then one nearly hanging off the edge of the tier above then fill in the rest of the side with rose buds and leaves and tendrils -- and pipe a bunch of full roses for the rest of the edges/ledges -- cover any popsicle stick that shows with well placed leaves --
for the bottom tier you'd want two roses suspended on the side -- so place two popsicle stick stations -- one at an inch & a half up the side of the tier and the next positioned to the right about 3 inches over at about 3 inches up the side of the tier -- it all works out perfectly -- so it's all flowing down the cake from top to bottom --
it's hard to write about but it's a much better look than where you stack roses/flowers up on top of each other from the bottom up -- that's how i do it -- i know it's probably hard to visualize what i was writing but there it is --
would enjoy seeing a picture of your work -- no pressure -- best to you
@K8memphis~~I SO want to see you work! I can visualize you whipping out those roses and whapping them on the sticks and piping the remainder of the cascade in about 3 nano-seconds. What a marvelous and wonderful wealth of experience you have and share!
I love you.
omg -- you're so sweet, apti, thank you
love you too
and one other thing, lovelylady39 -- use all different sizes of roses and rose buds some with petals, some without meaning just the tight little piped bud in small medium large, some with one petal -- and some of the rose buds that are just piped flat on the surface --
i'd use a large and a larger rose tube for the full roses -- one or two of the largest roses on the bottom and graduate all the way up
love me some cascades
@K8memphis ~~ Got any photos of your cascading cakes?
i don't think i do -- i've thought about a little pictorial but hasn't materialized yet
not exactly a cascade like we were talking about but the buds are definitely cascading down all over -- i just was never a big picture taking person
it might have been a 14x10x6 -- i post pictures when it's germaine to a question or something -- if I find it on my other computer... it just looks all like that on a puffy base if memory serves