I am making a kick a$$ cake for my FIL B-day party this Saturday but I'm not sure how to go about something.
Let me describe my cake plans first. I am making a 3 tier stacked cake, 12" Square base, 10" square middle & 8" square top. I am putting a "50" monogram on the top. The base cake will be a western theme, the second cake is going to be Kansas City Cheifs football & the top tier is Marines. (all of his favs)
So heres where I've hit a stump.
I have made some candy mold stars & Marine EGA's to decorate the top tier with, but I am not sure how to attach these to the sides of the cake. The decos have to be on the vertical sides since the tops will be unavailable. I am not covering the cakes w/ MMF (cause FIL doen's like it) so it will just be covered w/ Indydebi's BC recipe.
gotta bump myself b/c everyone (including moi) is so absorbed in "Officially Embarassed" that I haven't gotten a response. At least I hope that's the reason no one has responded?
From what I can tell, you should just be able to adhere them to the buttercream. I add fondant details to buttercream all the time. If you want them to stick out then put them on some wire and stick them into the cake. I hope I have helped. Good Luck! Make sure you post a pic!!!
My biggest concern is the weight of these chocolates. They are about 1.5 to 2.5" in diameter & the big EGA is about 6"tall. I did not ake that one solid though, it is sorta hollow.
Here's a pic of a cake where I made chocolate shamrocks and attached them to the side of the cake with a blop of BC on the back of them: http://cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1179060
I understand that your piece are a bit bigger, but I'm going to guess that if you just use more BC as glue, they will hold up fine.
The cake sounds fabulous!! Give me a nudge when you post the pic ... I really want to see this one!
Do you think RI would be any better than just BC?
I never use RI for anything, so I'm not any help with that one.
I'd just use some BC to glue it on... Perhaps with some added wires like a PP mentioned, or maybe adding a small piece of chocolate to stick off the back of the chocolate piece and into the cake/icing.
I'm sure it'll work out great!
I have used (on different occasions) BC and also melted chocolate to adhere chocolate shapes to cakes. They both worked well. If they are too large/heavy maybe I would consider placing them supported by the tier and glued with BC or melted choc (sort of leaned into the sides, but their weight suported by the floor/horizontal part of the tier, does it make sense?)
BTW, Ayanami, I find your "avatar" perfectly ironic...
RI wouldnt work at all. The fat in the BC will break down the RI. I suggest using BC. Maybe with the bigger on you can put it on the top of a tier for additional support.
I would say BC or maybe even piping gel. If they're really heavy, maybe using lollipop sticks.
Now back to "Officially Embarassed" where I'm on page 21 and there are now 64 pages to that thread!!
When I put chocolate decs around a cake I always wrap them with a wide ribbon to hold them in place until just before it goes on display, then I just remove the ribbon again. If your cake is covered with 1/2 inch of BC it shouldnt be a problem. Hope this helps.
Hi Ayanami, If you look at my avatar you will see I made this cake with chocolate shells, which were quite heavy. Since I had the same problem you're having, I went to walmart and got me a small soldering iron. It cost $4.00 so i made holes with the hot tip in the back of the shells and placed toothpicks. Wait till they set and voila! I happened to also have been pressed for time this whole "burn a hole in the back" idea came to me as I was assembling the cake at the party hall. So I also picked up a can of dust off "the spray to dust keyboards", turn it upside down and spray the chocolate. Voila again instant setting. Hope this helps.
Sorry didn't notice I have not avatar. But look at the under the sea cake in my pics
........RI wouldnt work at all. The fat in the BC will break down the RI........
This is NOT true! Once RI is properly made it will not break down into a puddle It is in the making of RI that no grease can be involved.
I have a great recipe for air drying b'cream which basically is nothing more than RI w/a cup of Crisco added.
I too have used RI to attach things to buttercream icing many times, and I've never had a problem with the RI breaking down. Even after 3-4 days, the pieces remained "cemented" to the cake and it was actually hard to get them loose when the cake was cut.