Create a Fresh Flower Cake Top!
Fresh Flower Cake Top
Dream of using fresh flowers to create a bright and sunny cake? Why not consider creating a simple daisy cake topper? Below you will find a step by step tutorial showing you how to create a fresh flower cake top.
Pros: Inexpensive and pretty. Can be stored in a plastic bag in a refrigerator overnight. And it can be placed directly on top of the cake…no stems being poked into the frosting. This same project can be done with other flowers as well (roses, lilies, etc, etc.) .
Cons: Like all fresh flower projects, this must be done very close to the wedding day (as close as the day before). And there is a serious danger of the flowers wilting if they are not pressed into the foam correctly, as well as if the foam isn’t hydrated properly. Special care should be taken when determining the size of the base, and how much larger the flowers will make the actual cake topper.
Step 1: You will need 7 - 14 gerbera daisies, a small Oasis foam sphere, a glue gun, a glue stick, scissors, a knife, a set of clipper or a sharp florists knife, and a small plastic plant saucer. TIP: A much better substitute for the plastic saucer would be a small Styrofoam BOWL.
Step 2: Trim the saucer or Styrofoam bowl so that there is roughly a one inch lip all the way around.
Step 3: You should have something like this.
Step 4: Take your Oasis ball and trim a portion off of the bottom so that it can sit “flat”, and is unable to roll.
Step 5: Take your glue gun and place a large circle of glue in the base of the saucer or foam bowl bottom.
Step 6: Quickly press your Oasis sphere flat side down into the glue. Hold firmly until the glue cools. Tip: This is really when having a Styrofoam bowl will be easier. A plastic saucer might bend and warp from the heat of the glue. It takes less experience to work with the bowl than it does to use the plastic.
Step 7: Place the foam and it’s base into a container of cool, clean water. Wait ‘til all of the air bubbles are gone before you remove it from the water. Tip: Do not push the foam under the water! Instead, let it sink in on it’s own. It takes longer, but you avoid creating dry pockets of air inside the foam, which would wilt your flowers quicker.
Step 8: Gather your fresh flowers and your wet foam base.
Step 9: Using your sharp floral knife or your clippers, trim the stem of your first flower to the desired length for the foam. Tip: It’s ok to start with a longer stem. Remember, you can always cut more off, you can never add the stem back on.
Step 10: Firmly and gently pressed the first flower into the wet foam, facing upwards.
Step 11: Repeat step 9 and 10, only this time placing the next blossom at an angle going downward from the first flower.
Step 12: Repeat again. You should start to see a “round” shape forming from the flowers.
Step 13: Continue adding flowers in this manner until you have a mostly round, full shape.
Step 14: Fill in any empty holes with flowers. Your fresh flower cake topper is now complete!
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