Hello everyone, this is my first time posting so I'm bit nervous and excited at the same time! I have been baking for about 7 years now, but am a just a couple of years into cake decorating self-taught so I'm learning slowly, but surely.
I am making a sea themed baby shower cake that will feature light blue/aquamarine and white coral branches, the white will be standing independently behind the cake. I've looked at many threads here about how to make coral, but the type of coral branch/sea plume I will be making is not talked about on any threads (at least that I have seen) nor if I google/google image what I am trying to make do I find anything, at least anything edible. I have also not find a mold that will be suitable for what I'm going for. I am not that great at logistics so I need help with what might be the best materials to make by coral branches. The white coral branch will probably stand 12-14 inches tall. I need a sturdy enough material for the branch to stand alone. I have a wooden circle drum purchased from my local Home Depot as my base with the thought of needing to drill into the drum to create a sturdy base for my coral branch. I can over complicate something in a minute, so if you have any ideas bring 'em on!
My idea is to find the thickest workable wire I can find,form my branches, bind the wire with floral tape, then mold with RKT for thickness factor, then cover with modeling chocolate or 50/50 fondant gumpaste or fondant with tylose. Then I'd stabilize the branch by drilling a hole into my wood base, anchoring the branch with some kind of metal reinforcement (I foresee another Home Depot visit!), then covering my stabilizer with fondant to hide everything.
So any better/simpler ideas?