If I use an artificial flower, it's made of paper but looks very real, will it be okay to lay it on buttercream icing after it is crusted over?
One answer was also to just use icing to attach them to the cake, putting no wires on them at all.
I also saw a website that sold little plastic sheaths that you place in the cake and then set the wire into..but not sure why plastic is that much safer than wire...I kind of wanted the flowers to be totally edible...
let me know how it goes and I will do the same.
IMPORTANT FOR WIRE DECORATIONS!!! Do not push the wires into the cake/fondant!!! For the bows and roses I pushed the wires (trimmed in the case of the roses and leaves) into a cone of gumpaste attached to the surface of the cake with a small amount of royal icing. I have also used flower spikes to hold upright flower arrangements, like a posey (it's a plastic hollow cone that you push into the cake for real or artificial flowers). The wires aren't really toxic, but you don't want them to be cut by accident and some one eats a piece of wire. It could be really dangerous (it happened at least once in Australia). To be completely safe, I would take off the flowers/decorations before cutting. Also, if it is in a separate piece, the decorations can be saved. If the flowers are wired together in a flat kind of arrangement, they can be attached to the top with a small drop of royal icing to keep them in place.
this is another cut and paste from mmusie last year...I think mmusie is pretty experienced
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