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How do I get the balloon on cake to "float"?

post #1 of 34
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I was asked to make this cake. I can't figure how to make the balloon look like it's "floating". Does anyone know how to do this? I think it's on a wire and it looks like it's stuck down in the cake. I think the balloon is made out of fondant. It looks to me like the balloon would weigh too much and sink into the cake. Any ideas?

 

 

 

post #2 of 34

Maybe cover a malted milk ball with thin fondant.

 

That wire might travel down to the elephant's toe too. And just look like the balloon string's showing.

Does look like it goes into the cake--but I would build it into the elephant.

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post #3 of 34
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What a good idea! Do you think the balloon is held up by the wire?

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Yes and so I'd construct the wire to anchor into the elephant's foot and travel up through his leg and body and trunk poking out to hold the balloon then have the other little fake out squiggley come out like the balloon was just being held in his trunk and that it's the end of the balloon string, With my luck it would be top heavy so I would also plant a skewer into another foot so I could anchor the whole thing into the cake.

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Fondant or gp covered foam ball...easy peasy. Almost no weight.

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post #6 of 34
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Another great idea! Do you think floral wire will hold the balloon up?

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Yes if it's stiff enough.

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What gauge would you use?

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I can never keep the numbers straight.  I just go by feel. 

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Thanks so much for the replies! I love CC!

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I tried to get the balloon to float using a small foam ball covered in fondant with 16 gauge wire. It gets off balanced and keep falling over. It looks like the wire may be down in the cake. I can't figure out how to tie that in to look like the balloon is floating. Sorry for all the questions. Any help appreciated. Thanks!

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Yes and so I'd construct the wire to anchor into the elephant's foot and travel up through his leg and body and trunk poking out to hold the balloon then have the other little fake out squiggley come out like the balloon was just being held in his trunk and that it's the end of the balloon string, With my luck it would be top heavy so I would also plant a skewer into another foot so I could anchor the whole thing into the cake.

 

did you do this?? and it still falls?

 

 

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I tried to get the balloon to float using a small foam ball covered in fondant with 16 gauge wire. It gets off balanced and keep falling over. It looks like the wire may be down in the cake. I can't figure out how to tie that in to look like the balloon is floating. Sorry for all the questions. Any help appreciated. Thanks!

 

 

get the balloon up over the back of the elephant so it will balance

 

maybe take the wire and spiral it so there's more oomph to it

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post #13 of 34

in fact the foot plant skewer should go into the cake at an angle

 

angling back under the elephant a bit to keep the balloon air born

 

but yeah if it's too late to hide all the engineering

 

stick the wire down into the cake

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I am making the elephant ahead. It takes me a while to get things right sometimesicon_sad.gif . I haven't put a skewer in the foot yet. I did try to run the wire down through the elephants leg. The problem is the "balloon" keeps rolling around. It will not stand up. It has fell off the wire and when I finally got it back on it started leaning into the elephants trunk and messed it up so I started over. I added more gum paste and I am waiting for the elephant to firm up a bit.  I am really afraid to mess this one up to

post #15 of 34

use some glue on the wire

 

it's a covered wire yes--not a slick uncovered wire

 

either a bit of gum paste made into a paintable substance

 

or i use egg white

 

the glued wire needs to be moist not wet

 

forget the balloon--put that on last

 

get everything going elephant wise

 

leave enough wire hanging out to become balloon string at a later point but do the big guy first

 

16 hmm--i'll go see if i got any like that

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