One week in advance, make gum paste vase. Tint 1 pk. of fondant light yellow and make the following flowers using cutters from Floral Collection Flower Making Set: 312 baby's breath blossoms, 320 forget-me-nots, 500 apple blossoms and 525 pansies. After cutting out flowers, place on foam and cup using modeling tool from set. Position flowers on flower formers that have been dusted with cornstarch. Using royal icing, add tip 1 dot centers to baby's breath and forget-me-nots and tip 2 dot centers to apple blossoms and pansies. (Note: Store tinted fondant flowers away from light to prevent fading.)
At least 3 days in advance, make 80 wired flowers: Make base for each flower by piping tip 4 mound of royal icing on waxed paper square.
Hook one end of 5 in. florist wire and insert into icing mound. Blend icing onto wire using decorator brush dipped in water. Insert wires into craft block to dry. The next day, attach flowers (55 pansies and 25 apple blossoms) to bases with tip 2 and royal icing; let dry.
To hold wired flowers, insert half of 3 in. Styrofoam® ball, curved side down, inside vase. Insert wired flowers. Make 17 tulle puffs, gathered at center and secured with florist wire, and insert around wired flowers.
Ice 2-layer cakes and prepare for
stacked construction. Pipe tip 6 bead top and bottom borders in buttercream on all cakes. Attach various flowers on borders, with smaller flowers cascading down sides; use tip 6 and buttercream icing to attach large flowers and tip 2 to attach tiny flowers. At reception, position vase.
*Note: The top tier is often saved for the first anniversary. The number of servings given does not include the top tier.
This 5-petal springtime flower, most commonly seen in white or soft pink, is virtually the
same petal shape as the wild rose, but uses a smaller tip creating a petite flower. The
dot stamen are typically positioned like the holes in a 5-hole button. Dry them on flower
formers for a more natural look.