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post #1 of 33
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hi, i really want this cake for my wedding but the baker wants an EXTRA $610 to add all the pearls to it. i am wondering how long it would take me to add them myself and also how many pearls i would need?i was going to make the pearls myself with fondant but i saw them for sale on global sugar art. i really like the cake but wonder if its worth my time to try to add all the pearls myself or just to go with a different cake...thanks

 

post #2 of 33

I'm no expert on weddings or wedding cake construction (and neither do I play one on television), but I'm guessing that in the days leading up to your wedding, your time is going to be very valuable, and I'm guessing that what your baker would charge you $610 for would probably take about $1220 worth of your own time, and unless you've done this sort of thing yourself (in which case, you wouldn't be asking the question), you probably wouldn't do as good a job as what the baker would do. Remember, "The laborer is worthy of his hire."

 

At any rate, welcome to the squirrel-cage, and look out for the nuts (myself included). And I suspect that the professional decorators here (who seem to be in the majority, at least among knowledgeable, regular posters) might very well resent even the suggestion of "going sweat-equity" to avoid that additional $610.

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post #3 of 33

Thank you, James, my eloquent and new best friend ;) 

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post #4 of 33
Do not do that yourself. The baker charged you that because that's what it takes. James said it best.

Don't fumble with those pearls seriously. Imagine me begging you not to do it. Either pay the baker or ditch the design.
post #5 of 33
Just out of sheer curiosity, what's the cost before that extra $600? How many tiers of cake and how many people will it serve? If you don't mind me asking.
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post #6 of 33

if you practice now well before your wedding and train 3-4 friends/family to do this who you can count on--and you can live with it not happening if things go awry--because it's all last minute--go for it--it would be a pia unless you have about 4 helpers

 

i would think that the additional $610 is either for a much larger cake or it's a 'I don't wanna do this' price or you asked ron ben israel, sylvia weinstock or something--

 

I like nice juicy cake prices but $610 additional is about a buck fifty a pearl and that's quite high--

 

i've done similar cakes with dragees-- it's not that big a deal imo (for some professionals)

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post #7 of 33

i mean picture your wedding day and it'd be similar to you and the others all making a couple potholders on a loom before the ceremony while you're all getting ready--it's just like any other craft project--

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post #8 of 33

This is one cake most decorators would vow never to do again.  Not hard, not at all, but the time it takes to pick up each pearl with tweezers so as not to leave a mark then dip in a solution so that it would stick onto the fondant......................., then Aunt Ethyl bites into one of the hard candy beads and breaks a tooth..................so not worth it.  Just for the fun of it, start making the pearls and contact us again after your thumb and forefinger cramps up  :-)

post #9 of 33
It looks like a major PITA, but it is not beyond the realm of possibility for a novice (or 5) to attempt.

That being said, I know myself, I would be all OCD and agonizing over the placement of each pearl, which would take hours on top of hours. Add that to "holy cow I'm getting married" stress and I would be in nuclear meltdown

But that's just me icon_biggrin.gif

So unless you are having a VERY chill wedding, with no get togethers, rehearsal dinners, visitors or last minute prep of any kind, I would vote NO

An extra 600 bucks seems high though.

And for goodness sakes, buy the pearls!!
post #10 of 33
I just had a thought...

What does everyone think about something like wafer paper confetti? It wouldn't give that precise effect, but would be easier to apply?
post #11 of 33
Right, wouldn't look remotely the same.
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post #12 of 33
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Right, wouldn't look remotely the same.

You're right! After some quick googling I couldn't even find what was in my head lol

I guess the next question to the bride would be...what attracts you to this specific design? The pearls? The gradient?

Then maybe you could run with a design that uses moulded pearl strands draped over or circling the cake, or if it's the gradient, there are lots of ways to incorporate some of that.

Just spitballin' here icon_biggrin.gif
post #13 of 33

Well over 1000 pearls on this cake.  Saw one at a wedding fair and my sister and I counted a 1X4 strip and multiplied by circumference and came up with over 600 on the top tier.  The baker laughed at us and then revealed her version of the cake had approximately 1500 beads on it.  It was spectacular though and she had it displayed as "Starry Night".  I would surely want some help if I attempted this cake.  Many hours of placing beads.

post #14 of 33
A novice could do it, yes. But we are talking about a bride...who is a novice...doing this cake...for her wedding. It's just going to be too much. Seriously.
post #15 of 33
And you're not talking doing the cake...just the pearls. Meaning you wouldn't get to this until at the earliest a day or 2 before your wedding.


And then you have to possibly transport it...Trouble trouble trouble.
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