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Need help attaching heavy flowers

I am trying to attach heavy lily of the valley gumpaste flowers to the side of a cake and failing miserably. I think what is making them so heavy is the wire and that they have about 4-6 flowers on each bunch.

I tried using royal icing and it does not seem to be holding it very well. The design I am making will not allow me to put any of the flower into cake so I need to figure out a way to attach to the sides.

Does anyone have any suggestions?

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flowers lily of the valley attaching help

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Cakes by Janice

I have tried attaching heavy fondant ribbons with melted chocolate and it worked for me. I’ve seen some use the freeze spray to make melted chocolate dry faster. Hope this suggestion helps :)

Prima Cakes and Cookies - Jennifer

Janice thanks for the awesome idea but unfortunately after a test the chocolate won’t work because if anything oozes out I won’t be able to paint it to match the painted floral wire. I guess I should have mentioned before the wire is painted with airbrush color.

I know I am being picky but this is for a competition so I have to be meticulous and anything I use to secure the flowers needs to blend in

June ("Clarky's Cakes")

Jennifer… Regular straws, or larger bubble straws if the wire is thick. Place the wire into the straw, squeeze some RI into the bottom of the straw so the wire will stay put, and not make contact with the cake. Once RI is dry, pipe some RI under the flower bunch at the top of the straw, maybe some RI behind some of the flowers as well. Push straw with wires and flowers into the cake at a angle. So it goes in, down & deep..if that makes sense. You may need to hold for a minute, or prop with some foam underneath till RI dries rock hard.
Hope this helps.

Prima Cakes and Cookies - Jennifer

June thanks for the ideas but unfortunately I am not trying to stick the flowers into the cake I am trying to attaché them to the outside. I actually want to see the floral wire.

Calli Creations

I recently did a wedding cake with heavy roses as they each had over 30 petals. I used posy picks all the way down the cake, then piped in some royal icing, then placed in the roses that had a central wire. Wires cannot be places directly into a cake, as I’m sure you know, so that is why I use posy picks. They are very cheap to buy and come in all sizes

June ("Clarky's Cakes")

Oh, I see Jennifer. Cali’s advice seems to fit your needs.

Calli Creations

June straws work too… I’ve used that method on lighter flowers. :) some people wrap the wiring in cling film, but I’m not to sure about health and safely on that method… As an ex Facilities Manger I get a bit obsessed,,, may be too much hahaha xxx

June ("Clarky's Cakes")

I learned from an ole school Brit decorator….NEVER put wires in the cake….or plastic wrap either. Plastic wrap could be cut into the cake. She said straws were the safest as everything was contained….nothing touches the cake. I’ve also used, for individual large flowers, the little tubes you get at the florists….they work great….

Calli Creations

Hey that’s a great idea too June :) … Thanks… Will check out me local florist for some :)

June ("Clarky's Cakes")

Cali, the florist I deal with just gives them to me. I also save any I’ve received…clean in the dishwasher so I know there bacteria free… I put fresh Gerbera daisies on my daughters wedding cake, and I used these little tubes. Being Mom of the bride, had to set up cake fairly early. So a little water in the tubes kept the flowers fresh….

Calli Creations

Great idea :) xx

Lyn Wigginton

I heat my wires and inset them, it hardens in seconds and I’ve had no problems. That’s how I put the heavy bow on the side of my wedding cake.

June ("Clarky's Cakes")

Heat the wires? Never heard of that Not sure that kills any bacteria. Know it’s a long shot, but there’s always the remote possibility that wire could break off in the cake. So it’s a safety issue. So I use straws covering any wire.

Prima Cakes and Cookies - Jennifer

Thanks everyone for the suggestions but with the design I am doing I can;t insert the wire into the cake. The design is to have the lily of the valleys attach to the side of the cake with NOTHING being inserted into the cake.

I ended up just using the royal icing. I think my original problem was I didn’t use enough.

June ("Clarky's Cakes")

Ahhh good Jennifer. Being Lily if the valley, I can see how you wanted it to hang/drape. Glad he RI worked. Now you have to post a pic.