Post # 1
Hi! Quick question for those of you who are proficient at cake decoration.
My wedding cake is included in my catering package but is contracted out to a local baker. I met with the baker with all these ideas but found out the only thing covered under the catering contract is a basic white round tiered cake with buttercream frosting. I can’t even get a square cake instead of the round. ::Sigh::
Anyway, I found a photo of beautiful simple appearing cake online which consists of the basic cake they are willing to provide plus some thin fondant branches. My florist has already agreed to provide the orchids. I ask to see if the baker would be willing to make just a few branches but she said it would take “a huge amount of work” and is charging $1/pp for the branches. I have at least 120 people coming to the wedding! I don’t think three fondant branches are worth $120 AT ALL.
So I have three questions for you ladies:
1. Is it really that much work to make fondant branches that the caterer really is justified in asking an extra $1/pp? (I also think it’s weird she’s charging per person because not every slice will be getting a fondant branch)
2. Is this something that I could maybe make ahead of time and just attach it to the cake on the day of the wedding? (It seems so simple!)
3. If the answer to #2 is yes, how do I do this? (I don’t really have any experience with cake decoration although I am fairly crafty. I am just worried about making the branches and them falling off the cake since I don’t know the proper technique to attach them)
Thanks for your help!
Post # 3
baker sounds a little bit like an ass. “a huge amount of work” then tell me something that isnt. Is there something your florist can provide for branches?
Post # 4
Wtf is all I can muster…. Check out Etsy, there are some amazing fondant artists who could hook you up!
Post # 5
It really isn’t a “huge amount of work” and $120 seems ridiculous for a couple of branches on your cake.
It would probably take me about 15-20 minutes to make them.
Post # 6
That’s dumb. How would it cost $1/person? There’s not going to be as many branches as people, so how would the number of people have any bearing on the cost?
Post # 7
I was a pastry chef for years. They are not hard. You can probably even do them yourself if you want. I’d go to Michael’s and pick up some per made fondant. Wilton has a skin tone pack of four colors, the darkest would make great branches; and you could practice with the other colors. Just play with the fondant like its clay. You can use cornstarch if it gets sticky. Once you like the branches let them set out a few days and they will dry nice and hard.
You can totally do this!
Post # 8
wow i think your baker is way out of line!
i’m sorry to hear hes giving you so much trouble. hopefully you can come up with another solution 🙂
Post # 9
That is just silly. Part time – I work with a lady who makes wedding cakes. The fondant branches are SUPER easy to make. Just do some practice ones first. And she is charging you a ridiculous amount of money for it.
Post # 10
DO NOT pay $120 for a few fondant branches, you can totally do this your self for $20. If you don’t want to do it your self check out etsy for sure. To tell you the truth the cake would even be lovely without the branches. There are a lot of options your florist could provide too which are food safe.
Post # 11
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
Sounds to me the caterer uses a baker that likes to upsell. Bogus.
We had a simple three tiered white cake with buttercream pretty much like you describe. We decorated it by adding rose petals to the top and around the cake. Like this but with more on top and less on the sides:
Post # 12
thanks everyone for all your opinions! i just wanted to make sure i wasn’t crazy.
i think i am going to do a trial run and try to make them myself. if this fails, i will scour etsy 🙂
does anyone know how to attach them to the cake? can i just stick it into the buttercream frosting or do i need some sort of sugar adhesive? i am worried they will fall off!
thanks again for everything!!