I've been asked to make a wedding cake for my friends son and I'm completely stuck. The bride wants trailing moth orchids down a 4 tier wedding cake and I'm having so much trouble with them. I've never made any flowers apart from roses and never had lessons on them either and I've spent hours looking at tutorials online (on youtube and various websites) and have got two Alan Dunn books but still can't make the silly things.
I have a set of cutters and veiners but everytime I try and assemble the petals they tend to fall off the wire and I can't get them right (I tried wetting the paper covered wires and that didn't seem to help). I've been using sugarpaste with CMC added as my flowerpaste only arrived today - will flowerpaste make any difference? When I've got the flowers on the wires how long should I be leaving them to dry? When I need to get the wires all together to make the stem and keep them together everything just breaks - what am I doing wrong?
I've got two months until the wedding and am really struggling with this and am not sure I'm going to be able to do it, I have no idea how to make the flowers let alone arrange them trailing down the cake (on wires not attached to the cake).
If anybody could help I'd be very grateful, I've shed tears over this today as I'm so frustrated!