How to cascade roses on a wedding cake

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If you have always dreamed of having a waterfall of roses on a three-tier wedding cake, you can create the look with baker supplies and some decorating know-how. Give yourself at least two days to design and create the cascade of roses and to place them on the cake. Be sure to factor in the decorating time as part of your wedding cake preparations.

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Things you need

  • Paper and pencil
  • Pastry bags with couplers
  • Frosting
  • Waxed paper
  • Tips (Numbers 2, 103, 124, 190, 225, 352)
  • Rose nail
  • Frosted and assembled three-tier wedding cake

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Sketch your wedding cake design. Start the cascade design toward the left side of the top tier of the cake, and have the roses flow toward the right over the middle and bottom tiers.

  2. 2

    Create the main flowers. Fill a pastry bag with frosting the colour of the flowers. Using tip number 2 and a rose nail, pipe five to eight small roses onto a sheet of waxed paper. Switch to tip number 103 to pipe two to four medium roses. Then switch to tip number 124 to pipe three to six large roses. Set aside and allow roses to dry for at least 48 hours.

  3. 3

    Create drop flowers. Switch to tip number 190 and pipe 35 to 50 drop flowers. Then switch to tip number 225 and pipe 35 to 50 more drop flowers. If desired, accent the drop flowers by piping a dot into the centre of each using white frosting and a number 2 tip. Allow the drop flowers to dry for at least 48 hours.

  4. 4

    Place the flowers on the cake. Using a pastry bag filled with white frosting and with a number 13 tip, pipe a star on the back of each flower. Starting on the top tier of the cake, place a small cluster of small roses. Surround the cluster with some of the drop flowers. Continue to place drop flowers on the cake at an angle so they cascade over the edge of the top tier onto the layer below. Use your sketch as reference to make sure you're placing flowers in the right location for your design. Gently press the flowers to secure them in place. Continue the cascade onto the middle and bottom tiers of the cake.

  5. 5

    Finish off the cascade on the bottom tier. Place a small cluster of medium-size roses on the bottom tier and surround the cluster with drop flowers. Cascade the drop flowers over the bottom of the cake onto the cake plate or cake holder. Gently press the flowers to secure them in place.

  6. 6

    Decorate the plate or cake board. Place a cluster of large roses at the bottom of the cake and continue the cascade onto the cake holder. Place drop flowers so that they surround the large roses. Gently press flowers into place.

  7. 7

    Create flower leaves. Using a pastry bag filled with green frosting and a number 352 tip, pipe leaves onto the sides of the roses. Angle the leaves in a downward direction to create a realistic look and to keep in line with the flow of the cascade design.

Tips and warnings

  • Piping the roses helps to prevent breakage or the roses falling apart.
  • Pipe more roses than you think you'll need in case some of the flowers break during application.
  • If you want to pipe leaves behind flowers, gently place drop flowers on top of a leaf. Then press gently down on the flower.

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