reply to post by lilowl53
Actually, the leaves look like real leaves stuck on to the cake. You could make them with royal icing though, but if you have to transport the cake
any distance, could be very fragile.
You could use fondant, but you can actually achieve the same look with smoothed buttercream. Takes a lot of patience and skill though.
If you do use fondant, ice the cake first in buttercream icing, then cover with fondant. This serves two purposes. First, it tastes better. Second, it
gives something for the fondant to hold on to.
On a tall cake like this, if you do use fillings, use very thin layers of it, otherwise, you create instability. If you've never done a multi-tiered
cake before, check into the plates and supports you can use. For this one, you could easily just use cardboard cake circles for each tier, and wooden
dowel rods as supports. I'd use at least 5 for each tier. (one in the center, then four out from it, like the points on a compass).
I can't tell what they used for the border, from the pic. Looks like real flowers.
One of the most difficult things about using fondant is judging the right size, and getting it a uniform thickness. The other issue is the expense, it
isn't cheap to use. You can make your own though, but I just don't do it enough to go to that length. Again, the Duff brand is the best I've worked
with on the market. You should use some kind of rotary tool to trim the fondant (so it doesn't pull the fondant while cutting, like a knife would.
Even a pizza cutter works fine.
You have to drop the fondant disk on top of the cake, then drape off the sides, tucking into the sides, then trimming off the excess. The tricky part
is not getting wrinkles in it. (and if you mess up, you have to re-ice the cake, and you've wasted the fondant for the most part).
Can't stress this enough, but on that size of a cake, use a wooden base. It will be heavy, and any other base will simply not support it. Should be at
least 1/2 inch thick, but 3/4 would be a better recommendation. You can cover the board in either professional colored foils, or often, you can find
some heavy duty foil wrapping paper that will work.
Good luck in the creation!
edit on 28-9-2011 by Gazrok because: (no reason given)