Hello again! Today my post will be about one of my wedding cake projects. Honestly I modelled this cake after a picture that a customer had shown to me. This was great as I am a very visual person so even when I was not sure of the type of flowers were on it as it was difficult to close up on the picture, I thought I could replicate it quite well. To me the flowers looked like a bunch of pansies and orchids perhaps plus a bigger type of flower which was probably lillies.
There were also leaves on the cake so here I'm rolling out the green gumpaste. As with all my cakes with flowers, I need at least two weeks in advance to make them so if any of you are interested in them, always make your orders way ahead of time so I can plan and make them :)
Here I'm cutting the leaves out with the leaf cutter.
Then imprinting the leaf veins.
Attached the wire to the gumpaste leaves with some gumpaste glue...
And left them to dry..it's good to leave the leaves to dry in random shapes in order for them to look more natural.
Now for the calyx. I used the mexican hat method as shown in the pic above.
Then I cut out the calyx with a calyx cutter and left it to dry and harden. This is important because the calyx will hold the flower petals so it needs to be firm amd steady.
Before that, I inserted a wire with a hook at the end to act as a stem.
Once the leaves are a little dry but not too dry, I brushed on some green dust to make it more realistic.
Can you see the difference it makes?
So now on to the flowers itself. I cut them out using a rose cutter and tidied up the edges using a brush.
Then I cut each petal and ruffled the edges with a ball tool.
Then I arranged them like so..
..glued them on to the dried calyx...
...and left them to dry on the egg carton..you can also use fruit cartons to if you have them as long as they can maintain a natural flower shape while drying :)
Once the flowers are dry (which usually takes a overnight or a day to do so), I started painting on the details.
Here I did it on the dark pink flowers.
Upon close inspection of the picture I noticed tiny little petals within the flowers itself. So I decided to use a hydrangea cutter to make them.Then I rounded the edges using a bone tool.
Then I cupped the petals using the same tool to create a natural curl.
..dusted on some shimmery dust and left it to dry.
Here I dusted on some green edible dust on the white flowers.
I did the same for its tiny petal inserts.
All this using edible tints and lustre dusts. You may purchase them if interested here.
So this how the flower looked like after attaching the tiny petal inserts.
Next the lily looking flowers..though I'm sure it has a another name ;)
I wired them together like so..
..and then added the stamens in the middle and attached them all together with floral tape.
This is how the finished flowers looked like! My own sugar garden in my baking studio :)
Nearing the day, I baked the cakes fresh..lovely rich layered butter cakes ..some with chocolate mousse fillings and some with yummy St. Dalfour fruit preserve :)
Then I prepared the board and imprinted it with some leaf and vines design.
Covered the cake with fondant and smoothed it over..
Once the fondant was slightly firm, I glued on some silver sugar beads.
After all was done, I arranged the flower to get a feel of how it was going to look like. I sometimes arrange sugar flowers on wedding site but frankly I prefer to see how it is going to look like on the actual day so I can just make minor adjustments on the day itself. You can actually see my Wedding cake POF (Plan Of Action) stuck on the mirror in my baking studio. Haha!
On the day itself, I piped on the royal icing shell borders between the tiers.
The result after two weeks of hard work? A 3 tier beautiful flowers galore wedding cake. So you see a lot goes into the wedding cake of your dreams. If you are interested in ordering your dream wedding cake, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for reading!