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Tea Lights in icing of wedding cake!!

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I have a bride wanting a two layer wedding cake, she would like tea lights embedded in the bottom tier, the candle style. She wants to use tea cups with candles inside so I know I would have to cut out the cake for wholes to hold the cups...Has anyone ever done something like this? We live is South Texas, the wedding is in August and I am already worried about buttercream icing in the heat without adding direct heat. Basically she is wanting a victorian style cake. Any help would be appreciated.
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I have never done anything like that and I don't think would do it, the heat could melt the icing, and there is a chance it could catch on fire.
post #3 of 14
Hi, how about using the LED tea lights? I've never seen them myself but I think they are made to flicker like a real candle so maybe a good alternative, just a thought!
post #4 of 14
I have those led candle lights got them at Christmas tree shop a 6pack of them for like $2 or$ 3 the tip looks like a little flame and they do flicker, in a candle holder it would be a great substitution. PLus a reg tea light only lasts like an hour. These are battery and go for hours, they would last the whole reception and more.
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Originally Posted by anabelz01

Hi, how about using the LED tea lights? I've never seen them myself but I think they are made to flicker like a real candle so maybe a good alternative, just a thought!

I was going to suggest this also, simply for safety's sake. You can get them at Michael's or Hobby Lobby.

I caught my hair on fire when candles were too close to the wedding cake, so I'm not a fan of candles around a wedding cake. If a bride insists, I ALWAYS blow them out when I start to cut the cake. I don't ask ... I just do it. No negotiation.

It's a safety issue.
post #6 of 14
Big Lots or other discount stores carry them for a lot less money than the craft stores, BTW.
post #7 of 14
I agree...battery operated tea lights is the way to go.

If you look on the Cake Wrecks blog, there's a video of a cake catching on fire icon_biggrin.gif you could show that to the bride if she's really insistent on real candles.

As far as buttercream in the heat goes, try Indydebi's buttercream. It's already been really hot here and August is typically our hottest month. It will fall off of the side of the cake in extreme heat (I don't have AC in the car and I drove a cake across town at 4pm weekend before last, to see what would happen...it was probably 98 outside and by the time the cake was out 45 minutes the frosting had slid off of one side). But it holds up well enough to get it from the house into an air-conditioned car.

Is the cake going to be outdoors? I think I'd try to talk the bride into fondant instead if that's the case.
post #8 of 14
Thread Starter 
THanks for all the ideas and suggestions....I am forwarding them to the bride, to help my case.

TexasRose, I live in Bandera which is 45 min. NW of San Antonio and I will be traveling with this cake to Poth!!! THank goodness the cake will be indoors, so that is a plus!! thumbs_up.gif
post #9 of 14
Hello Countrybee and Texas_Rose!!! Just wanted to say hi to some fellow Texas cakers. Good Luck with your cake!!!! Hope Your Bride goes for the great ideas.
post #10 of 14
Thread Starter 
Well I did it!!!! First of all this was the first tiered cake for me. I always use a seperate plate stand. So that was the first challenge. 2nd, I drove this cake 100 miles one way. 3rd, cutting the holes so the tea lights would not slide off the cake and catch the place on fire!!! It was an old historical home that the reception was in. Also, had to deal with the home being unlevel...with a cake, bad combination. I have pictures posted under Round Butter cream. Take a look!! thumbs_up.gif
post #11 of 14
Crazy gorgeous--brimming with nostalgia and that glow from the candles is magic.
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post #12 of 14
In Wedding Cakes Magazine of Spring there is just an article about The Future of Wedding Cakes, pag 48. It show a Rosalind Miler's Silhouette Collection. icon_smile.gif
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In Wedding Cakes Magazine of spring just there is an article: The Wedding Cake of
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There is an article: The Future of Wedding Cakes Pag 48 in Wedding Cakes Magazine of Spring. It show a cake from Rosalind ******, she used a LED tealights
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