Several days in advance: Make gum paste flowers and leaves. You will need: 34 small roses (dust edges of half with yellow Pearl Dust, half with orchid Pearl Dust); 16 plain and 16 ruffled calla lilies (dust all with white Pearl Dust); and 55 large rose leaves. Make extras to allow for breakage. Let dry for several days.
Bake and cool 2-layer 6 in., 2-layer 8 in. (bake 2 layers, 2 1/2 in. each, for a 5 in. high cake) and 1-layer 12 in. cake. Ice smooth and prepare for Stacked Construction. Use Cake Dividing Set to divide 6 in. cake into 8ths, 10 in. cake into 10ths and 12 in. cake into 16ths (mark 8ths then divide each section in half).
Using tip 3, pipe triple drop strings on 6 in. and 8 in. cakes (1, 1 1/4, 1 1/2 in. deep); pipe double drop strings on 12 in. cake (1, 1 1/4 in. deep). Pipe tip 5 bead border around base of 12 and 6 in. cakes; pipe tip 3 bead border on top of 8 in. cake. Position flowers and leaves, securing with icing. Cut drinking straws to 5 in. long; slide onto bottom of cake pick for extra length.
At reception: Position cake on stand. Insert pick in cake top.
Individual hand-shaped petals are the secret to the incredible realism of Gum Paste Roses. Gum paste can be rolled very thin, yet hold its shape. As a result, your flowers will have texture and form that rivals nature.
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This is a very traditional, beautiful cake. I made it for a reception for an older couple. They held their reception at their church and the cake just lit up the room. The couple loved it, the guests loved it and I was so happy. Definitely take some time a couple of weeks before the cake is due and make the flowers. I adore the combination of buttercream, piping and gum paste flowers. Lovely!
Date published: 2011-05-15
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The flowers and leaves on the cake are not difficult, but very time consuming. They can be done in advance, and then the decoration of the cake is very simple -- just stringwork, borders, and attaching the flowers & leaves. It was for a 40th anniversary party, so I used Wilton's double heart pick instead of the 25, and I used the cake stand pictured. It was a beautiful & elegant addition to the party.