I love this cake, i loved it from the day i saw it so when the opportunity came to make birch trees for a cake i jumped at it but i have had nothing but problems with the technique described. The first part of the instructions worked but attaching branches to the stick that is covered with gum paste did not work. the wire would flop all over. i eventually peeled off the part of the tree that needed the branches attached and taped the branches to it and then covered with fondant. this just did not seem like this was going to work.