Well we've done the trial with some leftover rolled icing from another trial and it was really successful. even the kids joined in until we had a table full of flowers. They dried out in about an hour and, dependent on thickness, seem pretty strong. So successful in fact that we have changed the cake plan from a stack of fruit cakes to one central fruitcake covered in flowers surrounded by these:
The more flowers the better. Seriously, its the quantity not quality of the flowers that really makes the difference!! Start making them now and any that work well you can store in a shoebox or something until the big day. They will last a year!
It takes a while to make the flowers by had though - it took me a whole day to make the 75 roses for my latest wedding cake. I also prefer to use plain old fondant icing (the ready rolled stuff from the shops) rather than flower paste as I want them flowers to be edible. You just have to work in the cold with the window open!
They are fiddly but not hard. and if the flower you are working on goes tits up,m just scrunch it up and re-make it!
We have a little sugar craft shop nearby. For a significant birthday I was able to buy the flowers and leaves ready made from them, they also dyed the icing for me to roll and apply to our own cake. Worked out at £30, could have spent more though, the flowers varied in price depending on how complex they were.
SiL and her sister went on a course before her wedding to learn how to do it.
Well, I had £13 worth of cutters delivered on Saturday. Bought them on ebay and they have come all the way from China! You get an awful lot of cutters for £13! Next month I'll get some paste and have a play before spending much more money. I do still have a year and a half to practice I suppose.
You can make a beautiful wedding cake with apple blossom flowers which are dead easy to make (just need some fondant icing or flower paste in your preferred colour, a couple of cutters, a foam mat and a ball tool (to make the flowers look more realistic). PM me if you'd like to see a picture of the end result.
I'm thinking of decorating the cake myself (buying some of the pre-iced ones from the supermarket). I have never done any icing except buttercream roses/glace icing. Never used royal icing, never made sugar flowers. I'd quite like to make lots of hydrangeas with a stamp and stick them all over the cake. Am I taking on too much? I really don't know what I'm taking on.... Thanks in advance