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post #1 of 23
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I have been asked to do this wedding cake. I understand that those are sugar pearls of different sizes. I have two questions.. I can't I assume put those on the cake tiers and deliver to venue and put layers together. And yet if I wait to do them at the venue how do I get them to stick to the already crusted buttercream? piping gel? Do I have to hand apply each bead? Please help!! I am not a professional. Just started doing cakes and really want to tackle this! Any comments or advice would be so appreciated.
*Also how do you make your buttercream ivory colored. I can figure that one out easily but thought I'd add a question.
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post #2 of 23
They do make an ivory color. Or you can just use pure vanilla in the icing.

As far as the beads/pearls. I'm not a pro, but I would not be putting those babies on at a venue. If I was doing it, I would have it stacked and decorated when I got there.

I haven't used them yet, but you may want to look into the sps, many here swear by them.
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post #3 of 23
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As far as the beads/pearls. I'm not a pro, but I would not be putting those babies on at a venue. If I was doing it, I would have it stacked and decorated when I got there.

I haven't used them yet, but you may want to look into the sps, many here swear by them.



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post #4 of 23
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NO way am I stacking a cake before I get there. that is too dangerous! I plan on making buttercream and figured it would be pure vanilla and not colorless. guess I will have to play with it. I do not buy unless i have to. What is sps?
post #5 of 23
I always stack my cakes before. Too much of a pain to try to stack at the venue. Sps is a system of locking plates and pillars that make travel with a stacked cake much more stable.
post #6 of 23
Putting ALL those beads on at the site would take way too long! Hours! Stacking is not that dangerous--just get a good structor system and drive carefully. The first one is scary but you will come to know that disasters usually don't happen. I've only had 1 so far and it was not the cake's fault!

You will probably have to do them all by hand--that is the beauty and difficulty of this cake. I would use the piping gel with maybe a brush and keep layering them on. They are not pushed into the buttercream but placed on top. Believe me--it will take a long time but it will be beautiful in the end.

Just use real vanilla instead of clear and your buttercream will be ivory. HTH!!
post #7 of 23
No way do I not stack! I like to get the cake to the venue and leave. No fiddling in front of whoever is there. I love SPS for traveling with a cake. It doesn't even wobble.

As far as sticking the pearls on, I think I will take ages to get them on there, but I don't know how to get them like that. It is a neat effect. Looks crunchy though!
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post #8 of 23
There is no reason to stack on site if you use SPS. The pearls will take much, much longer than you think, and they are very messy. Do not attempt on site.

I delivered this cake stacked using SPS with no problems.

http://cakecentral.com/gallery/2159342/pearl-wedding-cake-with-gumpaste-calla-lilies-and-roses

Piping gel held them on.
post #9 of 23
Thread Starter 
really SPS? wow thanks for all the comments. Like I said I am new at this. But am so excited to learn from all of you and appreciate all the advice you have offered sooo much!!!. Do you have any suggestions where I can order an sps set up? I live in the middle of nowhere and have to order off the internet.
post #10 of 23
Seriously? Stack, then travel. If you are using SPS you will have no issues. I stack mine as much as I can (I drive a very small car) and then put the top tier on at the venue. But if I drove a van or SUV damn skippy that cake would be fully assembled and delivered.

Ditto what others said about the pure vanilla (or just add a tip of a toothpick of brown) and using piping gel to apply the pearls. I would just brush on the gel, pile on a heap, and then spread them around lightly with your spatula. You will have to manually apply them on the sides, but the tops and the bases of the tiers should be easy enough.
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post #12 of 23
You can order SPS from globalsugarart.com. It is worth every penny. If you aren't sure how to use it, there is a super helpful CC'er named leah_s who has put together very detailed instructions on how to use it. I only adds like $10-15 to the cost of your cake, which of course, you can pass along. I have delivered a cake stacked with 5 tiers using SPS. I love it. The cake is stable and it makes delivery a snap.

From leah_s signature: Answers to the most often asked questions re: SPS. SPS instructions are on Page 15 of the Sticky at the top of the Cake Decorating Forum. Supplies can be ordered from Oasis Supply, Global or BakeryCrafts.
post #13 of 23
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also when i bake my tiers the cakes seem to shrink compared to the cardboard circles i bought for each layer. If the sps system is a set of plates (and I do know what you are talking about) how do I make my cakes fit them with out the plates showing over the edge after they are baked. Maybe I am baking wrong. I am so clueless. Thanks for putting up with me and willing to offer advice. I truely do appreciate it! If I lived somewhere where I could learn I would! There are no schools and no one makes cakes. we don't have bakeries other than grocery stores. it's sad. I still need to figure out pricing. i am practically giving my cakes away icon_cry.gif
post #14 of 23
For this design, it won't matter if the cardboard shows a bit. 10" cake goes on a 10" cardboard round, which goes on a 10" SPS plate. Yes, the cake shrinks back a bit from the cardboard BUT, that should be your guideline of how much icing to apply. I always slather it on and then use the edger of the circle as my "scraping guide" if that makes sense.

Also, have you checked to see if your state has a cottage food law? Are you legally allowed to sell cakes from your home? Check with your local health department for the regs.
post #15 of 23
The majority of the pearls are smaller and they're mixed with piping gel and spooned on. Then the larger pearls are placed individually. It really shouldn't take hours to do it. HTH thumbs_up.gif
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