Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Fancy Fantasy Flower Wedding Cake

Lately, I have been watching several videos on how to make life-like botanically correct gumpaste flowers.  I certainly appreciate the time and talent that it takes to make a gumpaste flower that is indistinguishable from its real life counterpart, but there's just something about fantasy flowers that I adore.

Maybe it's because they're easier to make, and that anyone can make them.  Or maybe it's because I'm only limited by my imagination, and not just flowers the world has to offer.

Like this flower here, which spans about 15 inches from top to bottom.  I made lots and lots and lots of petals for this flower, but when it's the only element on an otherwise bare cake, you can't be stingy with the petals.  It seems like I made a bazillion, but I filled 3 full sheet pans with petals.

I have been getting SO many compliments on my You Tube tutorials lately, and it has inspired me to make more.  This is one of the cakes I want to film into a tutorial.  I have some footage on the computer and hopefully Chaddy and I will have time this week to sit down and polish it up a little.  With any luck, you'll have a new tutorial video to see here next week! (keep your fingers crossed!!)  Thanks and have a great week!!
 

7 comments:

  1. That is a lot of petals - its perfect! I too love fantasy flowers and also appreciate botanically correct gumpaste flowers. I think its important for a cake designer to be flexible that way so they can create that perfect cake for their client.

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  2. I have a bunch of clients who want cakes like this coming up...I have one in the works, and the number of petals you need is amazing! I love the ruffly edges on your petals.

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  3. Please let me know how to attach these gumpaste petals to the cake. That is buttercream icing correct? thank you, my daughters wedding is next weekend and I am very desperate for help!!!

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    1. Elisabeth, I think it's great your doing your daughter's wedding cake. It can be a daunting task. My video tutorial on this is not quite ready yet, but basically, you need a cel board with grooves (sorry I don't know your skill level) and you'll insert a wire a few inches long into the back (grooved) side of each gumpaste petal you roll out. Use a ball tool to thin and frill the edges and then let them dry on a piece of wrinkled aluminum foil. The exposed wire will then stick into the cake. I have another post that is similar where I go into a bit more detail. You can find that post here:

      http://bit.ly/lFWLIy

      Good luck, and yes, my cake is buttercream, but the same technique will work on fondant cakes just as well. Let me know how it goes, OK?

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  4. Do you have a tutorial for this cake yet? I would love to make it for next weekend but not sure where to begin. IT IS ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!!!

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  5. Sorry we are to busy making wedding cakes this month. Best of luck with your cake!

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  6. What a fancy wedding cake. Love it! It's really unique and cool.

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