Traditional and classic, the Dancing on a Cloud Wedding Cake is just the thing for brides who are looking for an elegant and eye-catching cake. Embellished with lacy accents and topped with a dancing couple, this three-tier wedding cake is timeless in its design. Large enough to serve up to 150 guests, this wedding cake is a fun challenge for those who are new to wedding cake design and offers a classic template for anyone looking to add their own personal touches to a traditional design.
Several days in advance: Make 30 garland valances in royal icing. Cover pattern with waxed paper and fill in area with tip 16 zigzags. Make extras to allow for breakage and let dry. Also in advance: Make 30 tip 103 roses in royal icing; make extras to allow for breakage and let dry.
If used without cake plate, prepare base using triple-thick cardboard or foamcore; wrap with foil. Ice 2-layer cakes smooth and prepare for
push-in pillar construction. Divide 8 in. cake in 6ths, 12 in. cake in 8ths and 16 in. cake in 12ths. Pipe tip 18 shell bottom border on all cakes.
At reception: Assemble cakes. Attach garland valances at division marks, with ends about 1 in. from edge of cake; press very lightly to attach. Pipe tip 2 triple drop strings from 3/4 to 1 1/2 in. deep at center of valance and tip 2 double drop strings from 3/4 to 1 in. deep on each side of valance in royal icing. Add tip 2 dots at string points. Position a rose at each division point on cake tops. add tip 352 leaves in buttercream. Position ornament.
The drop string is traditionally used as decoration on the sides of the cake and is the basis of more ornate string work. Called a "drop" string because the line of piped icing is allowed to "drop" or fall, by itself, before reattaching it to your cake. Pipe a row of single strings or multiple strings in rows of two or three.