Has anyone transported a cake with a gumpaste floral cascade, as opposed to adding the flowers at the venue? How did it work out?
I have a 4-tier to deliver and would REALLY rather not attach the flowers at the venue. I was thinking of stuffing little pieces of foam between the flowers to protect them from banging into each other. I would, of course, be prepared to replace anything that breaks during transport.
I have. And I've had customers pick up cakes with bows and floral cascades also. I cut bubble wrap into strips and put a strip between every surface that touches another surface in the bow/cascade.
Thank you, Leah! I'm so relieved to know it has been done successfully!
Yes, I always stack and decorate cakes at home and transport them fully completed - decorate the cake the day before you need to transport it so the flowers are secure.
This one travelled over 100 miles safely:
I built the cascade from the bottom - the flowers are all unwired and i used sausages of sugarpaste between the large roses to support them in place.
Thank you, Suzanne. Your cake is breathtaking!
Lean and Suzanne, how do you secure your flowers? Wires? Royal? Chocolate? Rubber cement? ;)
*Leah, not Lean. Grrr.. sorry about that. :(
I wire 'em. Shoot me.
Hehe... I don't freak out about such things. Thank you for your help.
Thank you for your lovely comments :)
The cake above wasn't wired - I stuck the sugar flowers to the cake with royal icing and used fondant/sugarpaste between the flowers for extra support - roll out fat sausages and stick around each flower to provide support for the ones going above but only add a bit of sugarpaste at a time so that it doesn't show - the upper flowers need to cover it, if you know what I mean.
It is possible to wire the cascade without sticking wires into the cake (health and safety no-no here, but rules may be different outside UK) - but it will take MUCH longer to make individually wired flowers and they will have to be wired into short sprays before placing in flower picks at various points on the cake.
Much easier to go unwired, in my opinion, so long as the flowers will work.