I need to add Ostrich feather plumes to the top of my buttercream cake. The end of the plumes only have about an inch at most at the tip without feathers. I plan to hide the insertion, hopefully, with some white chocolate flowers and leaves.
My problem is #1- I know I need to keep anything touching and inserted into the cake, a food safe item, so 1st I need to figure out how to keep the feathers away from the cake.
#2- What to attach to the end of the plume to get some height to keep them away from the cake
#3- I'm thinking I should insert a straw into the cake and leave some above the cake , insert the feather tip and whatever extension is on it into the straw. Somehow I need to fill the straw so that the feathers don't move around. I probably need 3 straws for 3 plumes.
#4- If I wrap the ends in florist tape, I still need an extension and to hide the tape. The plumes are teal, the cake and flowers will be white.
I have teal and white satin ribbon also, but it didn't look good wrapping the end of the feather with that.
Any suggestion? I hope I made myself clear. Please see the picture below.