Thank you everyone. I love this site. Everyone is so helpful and supportive. I was so upset and needed to just get it out where people would understand and help me and so many people came forward with kind, helpful words, support and encouragement. Makes a world of difference to me
Carol and Jan- thanks, they were sugar bottles so not even as heavy as real bottles but I didn't have them supported well. Afterwards genius me decided yes they do need dowels (well skewers) I'll dowel the heck out of the next cake for sure!
NO WAY!! Those bottles look SO real! That's amazing - the whole cake looks great!
"When choosing between two evils, I always like to try the one I've never tried before." Mae West.
Thanks everyone! Peytonsmom-I read the tutorials on here a trillion times and watched Kayla's youtube tutorial. What ended up working for me was 3/4 cup sugar 3/4 cup corn syrup heated on high for 6 min. (other recipes said 6 min at 50% 2 minutes on high) I have a smaller microwave. After 6 min I added a nice plop of brown color and poured it in the mold. I did cheat and steam the labels off the real bottles. Same recipe for the ice minus the brown color. I poured the sugar in Wilton's silicone mini brownie mold. Since I didn't have isomalt my ice was yellowish. I tried adding the tiniest bit of blue color (as was suggested in a thread and in theory should have worked but it didn't) so I made another batch and dusted them with blue pearl luster dust. Wasn't perfect but better. When the humidity started melting everything slightly (after the pic) they really got glass like and looked more real. This (despite the aftermath) was the most fun of all the cakes I've made.
It seems like you already got all the advice you need but I was wondering how you put the bottles into your cake. Did you carve a space for each one or did you just shove them into the cake? If the later method was used, that would be your problem along with the weight of the bottles. The blunt ends of the bottles would create quite a few canyons in the cake under the fondant. That's just my guess for what happened. Sorry about the stress.... I know how it feels. I think all Cakers should take anti anxiety medicine.