Post # 1
Hello Hive!! I figure someone here must know…or at least have some good suggestions!!
I have a question – I asked my bakery to make me a square cake with rough icing with twigs and birds – similar pic attached. He threw a fit and kept saying “IT LOOKS LIKE A SUMMER PARTY CAKE” (uh, my choice in decor, not his) but moreover, “We cannot put that many twigs into an edible cake. You need to think of something else.” Are these twigs inserted directly into the cake? Or are they wrapped in florists wire on the bottom? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much in advance
Post # 3
There is a recent post on pro that discusses how to insert flowers (and would probably apply to twigs) into a cake.
If you can mount the twigs on toothpicks and then insert the toothpicks into the cake, I think it would be ok… but I think you might need extra long toothpicks or even kebab skewers to do it.
Do you have another local bakery that would be willing to execute your vision? Sounds like this guy isn’t exactly on board, and isn’t ready to think outside the box!
Post # 4
You could always suggest that he make the twigs out of spun sugar, or gum paste. If they can make flowers, they can make twigs, and then he can’t complain. =P Or you could insert the twigs yourself the day of (after cleaning them thoroughly, of course!). Or you can always buy plastic twigs (but still clean them).
Your baker sounds like a real piece of work.
Post # 5
I did see that pro post…I wonder how we would attach the skewers to the sticks though?? I put him in his place and said that in no way was I being out of line with my requests and that his job was to make my cake. (Not a bridezilla moment, but I dont deal with unnecessary rudeness well. What if I wanted my cake to look like a summer party and not a wedding cake? ugh) Unfortunately there isnt much other option for a baker short of having a cake flown in. Ive had his cakes and seen his work – its phenominal…I hust think he thought I had a different vision. Set him straight on that one.
Post # 6
You would use a little drill bit, or dremel tool to drill out a small hole at the bottom of the twig, I would imagine. They’d have to be thick enough to do that, though.
Post # 7
I think if you used soft, new branches of a tree that bends well (like willow?) you could just push the toothpicks/skewers up inside the branches. Only if you used dried-out branches would it be a problem. Or you could soak the branches in water for a little bit to soften them up before pushing the toothpicks/skewers in.
P.S. I love this look. It’s very romantic, and not at all "summer party!"
Post # 8
Hmmm…Im gonna have to start trying these suggestions out, thanks ladies!!. Or asking my florist for her opinion since she is getting the twigs for me. Im about to say F it and clean the darn twigs and stick em in the cake myself. If someone doesnt want to eat that piece I will! And THANK YOU Mrs. Spring, I love the look! Hmph.
Post # 9
Summer party? Psh it reminds me of like Snow White, or Sleeping Beauty. like a little forest and birdies. 🙂 I like it.
You’re paying him, not the other way around.