Thursday, May 15, 2014

Traditional Burgundy-and-White Wedding Cake with Pillars

Incorporating pillars into a wedding cake can add a touch of elegance, as well as impressive height.  This burgundy-and-white wedding cake utilized pillars to display the beautiful real flowers that were used on the cake.

Without the flowers resting between the pillars, the cake looked very strange, as you can see from the picture below. So with long pillars (I could not find shorter ones in any of the cake supply stores), the cake certainly needed an abundance of flowers to fill in the space and tie the whole thing together.

The real flowers on this cake matched the bride's bouquet.  The bride ordered an extra bouquet which was delivered to me the day before the wedding.  The flowers kept very well on the cake in the refrigerator overnight.

Since the wedding hall was large, the height of the pillars actually helped to make the cake stand out.

Tips for using pillars:

If you are trying to use pillars on a wedding cake, the kit normally does not include instructions.  Simply search on for video instructions, which will make your job much easier!

Pillars are often available at Bulk Barn and Michael's, in the cake decorating section. You may also find some at Walmart, as they now offer cake decorating supplies. Or search on Google for cake supplies that can be shipped to your door.

Tips for using real flowers:

To incorporate real flowers and display them nicely, simply make a ball of white fondant. Leave a little bit of stem on the flowers and press the stems into the fondant ball.  Once full enough, you will no longer see the ball of fondant and it can stick nicely to the surface of the cake with a little water (fondant sticks to itself with water), or the plate that comes with the pillars.

Tips on transporting the cake:

Store your top tier separate from the pillars in the fridge or a cool room. Put it together once at the wedding location.  This is best to keep the weight off the bottom tiers, so as not to crush them and cause the fondant to puff on the sides.

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