There?s more than one way to display a bouquet! We?ve planted bright, sunny daisies in natural settings?picket fence cupcakes, vase-shaped cake rolls and surrounding a distressed road sign?that bring the charm of a backyard wedding to any reception.
Make daisies, leaves and calyxes. Tint gum paste: 7 oz. moss green/brown combination (for green), 3 oz. golden yellow/lemon yellow combination (for yellow); reserve 18 oz. white. Use cutters and instructions from gum paste flower cutter set to make 30 small and 20 medium daisies on wires and 35 to 40 small rose leaves. For each daisy make a calyx as follows: Roll a 1/2 in. ball of green gum paste. Brush bottom of daisy at wire with gum glue adhesive. Wrap ball around wire at base of daisy and shape into a cone, with flat end directly under daisy.
Make sign. Use 9 in. fondant roller with purple guide rings to roll out reserved white gum paste 1/8 in. thick. Use sign pattern and fondant trimmer to cut sign. Use veining tool from 10-pc. gum paste/fondant tool set to score lines for wood grain. Let dry on cornstarch-dusted board.
Make sign post. Use 9 in. fondant roller with pink guide rings to roll out white gum paste 1/16 in. thick. Use fondant trimmer to cut a rectangle 2 1/2 in. x 7 in. Wrap around plastic dowel rod, securing with piping gel. Score wood grain lines as for sign. Let dry on cornstarch-dusted board.
Assemble sign. Use black FoodWriter edible color marker to print message. Use melted white Candy Melts candy in cut parchment bag to attach sign to post, about 1 in. from top. Chill until firm, 3 to 5 minutes.
Make grass for cake base. Roll out dark green fondant 1/16 in. thick. Use fondant trimmer to cut nine strips, 2 in. x 6 in., for back row of grass. Cut slits in each strip, 1 1/4 in. to 1 1/2in. deep, for grass blades.
Cut nine strips, 1 in. x 6 in., for front row of grass. Cut slits in each strip, 3/4 in. deep, for grass blades. Reserve remaining dark green fondant.
Use piping gel to attach grass strips to craft foam circle. Bend blades in various directions.
Decorate 12 in. cake. Position 12 in. cake on base. For grass, roll out reserved dark green fondant 1/16 in. thick. Cut seven strips, 2 in. x 6 in.; cut slits, 1 1/4 in. to 1 1/2 in. deep. Use piping gel to attach to bottom of cake.
Decorate 8 in. cake. Position 8 in. cake on 12 in. cake. For shingles, roll out white fondant 1/16 in. thick. Use fondant trimmer to cut 13 strips, 1 in. x 10 in. Use knife tool from set to score division lines, 1 in. apart. Use small end of veining tool from set to score wood grain lines on each shingle.
Use water brush to moisten top edge of each strip. Attach strips to cake in overlapping fashion, starting at bottom of cake and trimming to fit. Stagger division lines for each strip. You will need five rows of shingles.
Decorate 6 in. cake. Position 6 in. cake on 8 in. cake. For shingles, follow instructions above to make and attach five rows using 10 strips, 1 in. x 10 in.
Complete cake. Insert daisies in cake base. Insert sign in cake top.
The smallest tier is often saved for the first anniversary. The number of servings given does not include the smallest tier.