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I made some butterflies on a wire, they were to be "flying" off the cake, but when I put the wires in the fondant they bent over and made holes in the fondant.  Has anyone used the flower spikes or drinking straws, or any other good method?  I ended up snipping off the wire and gluing them down flat, still cute though.

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I've had the best success by taping the wires to a lollipop stick, piece of dowel, or sometimes a coffee stirrer (the flat wooden kind).
thanks JJ, great ideas!
What's nice about the coffee stirrers is that they are hollow (you can put them into the cake since they are food-safe) and then put the wire into them. :)  Some lollipop sticks are also hollow enough to put the wires into, depending on how stiff the wire is.  I recently bought the Duff curled wires that are food-safe and you can put those directly into the cake as well.
thanks, Eileen!

Eileen S said:
What's nice about the coffee stirrers is that they are hollow (you can put them into the cake since they are food-safe) and then put the wire into them. :)  Some lollipop sticks are also hollow enough to put the wires into, depending on how stiff the wire is.  I recently bought the Duff curled wires that are food-safe and you can put those directly into the cake as well.

If I put wired flowers into a cake - instead of using a flower pick - I use a really jumbo drinking straw - and cut it to the length that you wish to push into the cake.  This way the wires all stay together in an organised way - and I feel that the straw is safe to actually push into the cake.  Because I have not had to buy a flower pick, it keeps the cost down to the customer and in addition it is a cost effective way of getting over the problem of wired flowers on the top.   If the wires are too bendy because the ends are too heavy - try buying a heavier gauge.  The floristry shops have thicker than the cake decorators do!  Hope that helps.

 

 All depent the size of the wire .......I used # 20 for stars and butterflies .
thanks, Karen, that would be especially good for something like hydrangeas

Karen J. MacFadyen said:

If I put wired flowers into a cake - instead of using a flower pick - I use a really jumbo drinking straw - and cut it to the length that you wish to push into the cake.  This way the wires all stay together in an organised way - and I feel that the straw is safe to actually push into the cake.  Because I have not had to buy a flower pick, it keeps the cost down to the customer and in addition it is a cost effective way of getting over the problem of wired flowers on the top.   If the wires are too bendy because the ends are too heavy - try buying a heavier gauge.  The floristry shops have thicker than the cake decorators do!  Hope that helps.

 

thanks for your reply Lydia, I will look into that

Lydia Droz - Reyes said:
 All depent the size of the wire .......I used # 20 for stars and butterflies .

You can also fill the straws with royal icing before sticking it into the cake, then put the wires in and when the royal sets up, the wire will be more stable. 

Pipe the royal almost all the way to the end of the straw, then heat the "bottom" end of the straw with a lighter or something and crimp it shut with a pair of pliers--this will keep it from filling up with cake as you push it in, and pushing the royal out.

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