I have a client that wants pearls now, the little hard ones, and wants pearl "drop string" effect, on the bottom, with fondant swags, and precisely placed pearls on the second tier and then on the top part that I can only describe as a band of pearls across the middle, scalloped, on top and bottom.
They provided a sketch that I obviously can't share, and I think it will be pretty, minus a bit. Obviously, I plan to place each one, individually for the second and bottom tiers, but with the top, my thought would be to paint in the pattern with piping gel, the grab handfuls and stick them on, but they want buttercream, which I would want to freeze first, so I don't scar up the sides with the pearls...Will this work, or will the pearls just melt down the side of the cake upon thawing? Or do I just tell them it has to be fondant? (I have no problem with that, if it is true, I just don't want to tell them it has to fondant if it doesn't. ) If I can't grab handfuls, then the price of the cake has just gone WAY up!
Edited by Annabakescakes - 2/19/13 at 1:49pm