Cake Central › Cake Forums › Cake Talk › How Do I? › Attaching flowers to cakes
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Attaching flowers to cakes

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
Hi all

Flowers are fairly new to me. I have made quite a few of the basics (roses, carnations, daisies, sunflowers, blossom) but I don't think they are as delicate and lovely as the many I aspire to on here. Up until now, I have made flowers without wires so I can attach with royal or tylo glue. I want to make much higher quality flowers so I have bought all the bits and bobs and wires etc and learnt all the techniques. However, I am confused about attaching them. When I watch the cake shows on tv they stick the wires in the cake, but from what I can see from here etc this is a total no no. Do I therefore find a way of attaching lump of fondant to stick the wires in? And then disguising the fondant? I have seen those plastic holders but surely if it was a big spray that these would then be something that would make massive holes all over the cake? Hmm. Confused.com!

No rush, this is an ongoing learning curve for me but I would be really grateful for any advice/insight/tips

Claire x icon_biggrin.gif
Speech therapist by day and cake decorator when I can fit it in! Not a business, just a love of all things cake! www.facebook.com/CakeChemistryUK
Reply
Speech therapist by day and cake decorator when I can fit it in! Not a business, just a love of all things cake! www.facebook.com/CakeChemistryUK
Reply
post #2 of 21

The easiet way that I have found is to make your flower on a wire, check to see the correct length,

then dip the wire in white cholcolate.  The wire is sealed - chocolate is food safe.

post #3 of 21

You can also put your wired flowers in straws ( have have several sizes),  and then put into your cake. 

 

For a topper, I use a small piece of styrofoam covered in the same color fondant as the cake and stick the wires into that.   I often will create the topper on the same size cake pan (the fondant covered styro will stick nicely).  That way, if you want to change it up, you haven't put holes in your cake.

I love what I do and do what I love

https://www.facebook.com/JeanneWinslowCakeDesign

Reply

I love what I do and do what I love

https://www.facebook.com/JeanneWinslowCakeDesign

Reply
post #4 of 21
Thread Starter 
So I stick the straws in the cake and thread the wires in? I assume you tell the customer there are straws in to hold the flower wires? And dipping them in choc, I take this to mean that then sticking them in the cake is ok?
Speech therapist by day and cake decorator when I can fit it in! Not a business, just a love of all things cake! www.facebook.com/CakeChemistryUK
Reply
Speech therapist by day and cake decorator when I can fit it in! Not a business, just a love of all things cake! www.facebook.com/CakeChemistryUK
Reply
post #5 of 21
Thread Starter 
Ps thanks x x x
Speech therapist by day and cake decorator when I can fit it in! Not a business, just a love of all things cake! www.facebook.com/CakeChemistryUK
Reply
Speech therapist by day and cake decorator when I can fit it in! Not a business, just a love of all things cake! www.facebook.com/CakeChemistryUK
Reply
post #6 of 21

Using choco on the wire takes the place of using a  straw.

Personally I much prefere making flowers without wires.

post #7 of 21
Thread Starter 
Yes kakeladi, to me without wires does seem more practical but I thought I may have not been doing things right/properly without the wires as all the tutorials I see include wires!
Speech therapist by day and cake decorator when I can fit it in! Not a business, just a love of all things cake! www.facebook.com/CakeChemistryUK
Reply
Speech therapist by day and cake decorator when I can fit it in! Not a business, just a love of all things cake! www.facebook.com/CakeChemistryUK
Reply
post #8 of 21
Jennifer Dontz has a great DVD on flower arranging on cakes...real and gumpaste. I found it very helpful!

(Ps...Im an OT!)
Amy
Reply
Amy
Reply
post #9 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by kakeladi View Post
 

Using choco on the wire takes the place of using a  straw.

Personally I much prefere making flowers without wires.

 

No, actually, it doesn't.  The cake needs to be protected from wires that are not food-grade or medical-grade.  Chocolate is brittle and could break off quite easily.  

 

 

OP, be professional and use straws. I like the tiny little coffee stir-straws.  If you are making flowers that have centers (roses, calla lilies, peonies, etc), you can use toothpicks or cocktail sticks.

~ Sherri
Reply
~ Sherri
Reply
post #10 of 21
Thread Starter 
Hi fellow therapist!!! I'll check the DVD out!

Might be being a bit dumb here, but cocktail sticks on the flowers? If this was a large spray would it not ruin the integrity of the cake? I'm thinking holey cake?
Speech therapist by day and cake decorator when I can fit it in! Not a business, just a love of all things cake! www.facebook.com/CakeChemistryUK
Reply
Speech therapist by day and cake decorator when I can fit it in! Not a business, just a love of all things cake! www.facebook.com/CakeChemistryUK
Reply
post #11 of 21
I just started making Gumpaste flowers this week but I have heard that using floral tape like paper tape around the wire with no wire being exposed works( that's what Tim going to do), also the chocolate or straws/coffee stirrers
post #12 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by CakeChemistry View Post

Hi fellow therapist!!! I'll check the DVD out!

Might be being a bit dumb here, but cocktail sticks on the flowers? If this was a large spray would it not ruin the integrity of the cake? I'm thinking holey cake?


The method I stated above (styro covered on fondant) is from Jennifer Dontz.but the DVD has much more info in it.

I love what I do and do what I love

https://www.facebook.com/JeanneWinslowCakeDesign

Reply

I love what I do and do what I love

https://www.facebook.com/JeanneWinslowCakeDesign

Reply
post #13 of 21

I use a food grade floral tape. :)

"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep."

 

Scott Adams

Reply

"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep."

 

Scott Adams

Reply
post #14 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by CakeChemistry View Post

Hi fellow therapist!!! I'll check the DVD out!

Might be being a bit dumb here, but cocktail sticks on the flowers? If this was a large spray would it not ruin the integrity of the cake? I'm thinking holey cake?

 

If you are doing an arrangement, it must be wired.  If you are doing a few single roses or calla lillies, a toothpick or cocktail stick (which is a little longer but still as slender as a toothpick) is perfectly fine.

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by sweetobsesions View Post

I just started making Gumpaste flowers this week but I have heard that using floral tape like paper tape around the wire with no wire being exposed works( that's what Tim going to do), also the chocolate or straws/coffee stirrers

Floral tape is just as bad as exposed wire. If it is not a food-grade or medical-grade object, it does NOT go directly into cake.  

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by Cakespirations View Post
 

I use a food grade floral tape. :)

Please share your source.  I have never heard of food-grade floral tape, but if it truly exists, I will become its biggest advocate and user. 

~ Sherri
Reply
~ Sherri
Reply
post #15 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cakepro View Post
 

 

If you are doing an arrangement, it must be wired.  If you are doing a few single roses or calla lillies, a toothpick or cocktail stick (which is a little longer but still as slender as a toothpick) is perfectly fine.

 

Floral tape is just as bad as exposed wire. If it is not a food-grade or medical-grade object, it does NOT go directly into cake.  

 

Please share your source.  I have never heard of food-grade floral tape, but if it truly exists, I will become its biggest advocate and user. 

 

Food safe floral tape

 

in addition if you want to spend the money, all Wilton floral tape is food safe per there site.


Edited by Cakespirations - 10/16/13 at 11:43am

"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep."

 

Scott Adams

Reply

"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep."

 

Scott Adams

Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: How Do I?
Cake Central › Cake Forums › Cake Talk › How Do I? › Attaching flowers to cakes