Post # 1
I am looking to make/put together my own cake topper for a 3-4 tiered cake. I wanted to recreate this picture below, but have run into a couple of logisically issues.
I am worried about my topper sinking into the cake. My cake won’t be made of fondant, but I’m not sure if this makes a difference. I have been trying to find a plastic dome instead of using a glass dome, but cannot find one anywhere! Also, I was thinking of just giving my topper to the Baker ahead of time so they can plan for extra dowels and such. The problem here is there is a language barrier and I think they are just going to tell me they can’t do anything.
Any advice would be great!
Thank you all!
Post # 3
You can try talking to the cake decorator. If that doesn’t work, you can always add your own dowels.
It’s not as hard as you think. You can google it. Wilton is a good website, too.
Post # 4
@mdbookbride: I have a fairly heavy cake topper that I made and my baker is just putting in supports. We’re having buttercream instead of fondant and our baker said it wouldn’t be a problem.
Post # 5
It’s really easy. Here is what you need to do. Use a piece of cardboard – trace the base of your topper and cut out the shape. Wrap the piece of cardboard in tin foil or parchment paper – depending if you think you’ll be able to see it.
Next, cut some lollipop sticks or wooden dowels to the height of your cake – you can purchase lollipop sticks at Michael’s or bulk food stores. Dowels can be purchased at Home Depot, etc. Just make sure you clean the dowels well if you use wooden ones.
Next, trace your topper again onto waxed paper and place this over the top of your cake, centrered. Poke through the waxed paper at regular intervals – you’ll want a dowel in the centre, and then dowels placed around the outside of the circle. You can decide how many based on how heavy the topper is. There will be a cake board until the top tier, so the dowels will hit that at the bottom and stop. You may find you have to trim your dowels a bit shorter as a result of the cake board.
Once you’ve placed all of your dowels, place your wrapped cardboard base and use icing or something similar to “adhere” your topper. I would suggest doing this last step once your cake is in place.
I hope I haven’t made it sound too complicated because it really isn’t!
Your wedding cake decorator SHOULD be able to handle this – if you are really worried about the language barrier I would just do it yourself.
Post # 6
Thanks for your help everyone! I will definitely speak to the baker first and if that doesn’t work, I think I’ll be able to handle supporting the topper myself.