Here comes the Bride
This past weekend I was in my friends wedding. In fact I was the M.O.H. Maid of Honor. Sarah and I have been friends for along time and I had joked for years about how I’d tell the story of how we met at her wedding, so its surreal that the day has actual come and past.
This dubious job of being MOH comes with many responsibilities including planning the bridal shower, bachelorette party, and holding the train of the gigantic dress up while the lady of the hour has to pee. I’ll breifly paraphrase the toast i gave at the reception…aka the story of how we met. Ahem.
The first mutual memory Sarah and I have of each other is one fateful day during snack time in kindergarten. Sarah wasn’t feeling good and puked purple grape juice all over my desk. We’ve been friends ever since…
I’ll save all the tear jerky lines about how much I love both her and her new husband Sean and how the first impressions people make on us aren’t always important, and what makes someone special is that you can’t picture your life without them…sigh
There are more important things at weddings beside bathroom breaks and embarrassing stories…THE CAKE.
Sarah went with a popular trend in terms of wedding cakes. A giant cup cake tower. With a miniature cake for the cutting ceremony.
Cupcake towers are great. Your guests are far more inclined to partake, in a cupcake or two. Sarah had a variety of flavors, from carrot cake to chocolate, with different custards and filling. And her cake designer was even able to oblige in some non-dairy options, as the groom is lactose intolerant. One more plug for vegan baking. Its not just for strict vegetarian folks. Sarah actually had some trouble finding someone who could pull off non-dairy. To all those soon-to-be-Brides out there: Do not be discouraged its pretty easy to make great cake non-dairy. And your groom will never know the difference as you are shoving it into his face…In this case the bride got a surprise handful to the mouth as seen in the scathing look below.I’ve come across a few horror stories from some other brides that the cake of their wedding day dreams wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. Someone once told me during a class that she was promised beautiful gumpaste Hydreangias only to find out a day before her wedding that the decorator didn’t actually know how to make them!!!
Gumpaste is a lot like fondant. It is edible but dries quicker and more solid than fondant. Colored gumpaste tends to fade some what quickly so you should be aware and dye it a shade or two darker when using it. Its most ideal for very thin petals and delicate flower designs. In the case of Sarah’s cake she had Gerber daisies atop many of her cupcakes which match the decore as well as the bridal bouquets. I wasn’t super impressed with the decorator’s flowers…but I suppose I’d built it up in my head– just what these daisies would look like.
Making flowers out of gumpaste is pretty simple. If you totally suck at piping flowers you might find that making roses, daisies etc are quite easy when it come to gumpaste– its done mostly with cookie cutters. Hey as I say in class some of us are sculptors not painters. Sugarcraft. com as well as Wilton.com offer a variety of cutters. Here’s my take on Gerber Daisies using the Wilton daisy cutters.
Below is one of the Wilton Daisy cutters available at Michael’s or just about any craft store with a cake decorating aisle. For each daisy you’ll need to roll out gumpaste to 1/16 of an inch (really thin–not total see-thru but close to translucent). And cut 2 large daisies and 2 medium daisies.
Once you’ve cut the daisy blossoms use a balling/veining tool to thin the petals more. Place a blossom on thin shaping foam and run the balling tool from the edge of the petal to the center on the daisy. The petals will curl in as you do this. Do this to all four blossoms cut.
Now chop ’em up. Run a pastry wheel, a small pizza cuter, along each petal making 3 small cuts in each petal. The cuts don’t have to be clean, just impressions.
Now glue all your blossoms together. How you ask? With gum glue–1/4 c warm water with 1/2 tsp of gumpaste dissolved in it. If you find you have hardened pieces of gumpaste along the edge of what you’re working with–this is ideal to dissolve for gum glue. Typically one should let it stand for an hour. Make some in advance and store it in the fridge for future projects. Drop a little gum glue between each blossom with a paint brush and your set. Let these flowers dry on flower formers–this is another Wilton Product. Cutting paper cups in half and letting the blossoms dry in the concave shape produces the same effect if you don’t have Wilton flower formers on hand.
I used piping gel mixed with a little chocolate syrup to pipe a donut shape in the center. I sprinkled with pink and yellow colored sugar and then filled in the center with chocolate syrup. If you what a realistic comparison to real Gerber Daisies just scroll up my page–they are the header on the back drop of this here blog.
Find these instructions a little confusing or feeling like too much of a novice to do this on your own? Take a Wilton Fondant and Gum Paste Course (CHECK OUT THE NOVEMBER SCHEDULE PAGE) you’ll learn traditional Daisies, as well as Calalilies, and Carnations!