Bouncy Star Cake - Wires Keep Drooping.

Decorating By sone Updated 18 Feb 2006 , 5:00am by sone

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sone Posted 18 Feb 2006 , 12:50am
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Hello, I have a cake being picked up in a couple of hours and I need some help. It is a dense chocolate cake covered with soft fondant and has a firework display of hearts and stars on wires coming out of the top. My problem is the wires won't stand up straight they keep leaning to the sides and drooping. Is there anything i can insert into the cake that might provide some support? Thank you

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KayDay Posted 18 Feb 2006 , 12:52am
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all I can think of right off hand is maybe shorten the wires? and next time try stiffer wires.

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Mac Posted 18 Feb 2006 , 12:55am
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You can dip some spaghetti in chocolate and attach the stars to that.

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traci Posted 18 Feb 2006 , 12:56am
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what did you make the stars out of??? When I did my daughter's b-day cake I made sure not to make the stars too heavy. Maybe your wire is too thin or weak. is there any way you can double the wire to make it stronger??? The only other thing I can think of is to cut it shorter or re-do your decorations and put them on lollipop sticks or scewer sticks.

Sorry I could not help you more.

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lilscakes Posted 18 Feb 2006 , 12:57am
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not sure what type of wire you might be using, but is there anyway you can use more than one wire per star to make it sturdier? Maybe double or triple the wire by gently twisting them together....hope you were able to figure out the problem before your customer picked it up.

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sone Posted 18 Feb 2006 , 1:04am
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Hello, Thanks everyone for your quick responses. The wires are able to hold up the stars ( I did have to double the wires on the bigger stars) but the wire itself keeps slicing through the ckae just enough that it leans over rather than standing up straight. I might try a canelloni tube with icing in it and insert the wires into that. if anyone thinks of anything else i would be grateful. next time I will ask before I start!! i think the hot weather here today isn't helping as the cake and icing are very soft.


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JennT Posted 18 Feb 2006 , 1:28am
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You could try inserting straws into the cake and then the wire into the inside of the straw, that way it won't touch the cake? But I like the idea of the canneloni tube, to...that's pasta, right? icon_confused.gificon_lol.gif

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sone Posted 18 Feb 2006 , 5:00am
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Hello, thanks for the tip - i will give straaws a turn next time. Yes cannelloni is pasta tubes - my husband thought it might dissolve in the cake. In the end I found a container the same depth as the cake and filled it with leftover modelling fondant scraps and stuck the whole container into the cake. I was then able to stand the stars up really well and all the wires fitted into the container. The customer was very happy with the cake so all was well. many thanks for everyone's help. I will post a photo of cake shortly.

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