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asked October 18th 2012

The explosion cake

What wire does Paul use to put the decorations onto for the explosion cake. Its not wire, its something grey which does look nicer than wire. Can anyone help a complete amateur here.

Many thanks.

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H Julieh

Looks like Paul’s used 20 gauge plastic coated wires for the explosion and 24 gauge purple wires for the cork screw decorations. The wires can be purchased on ebay or at your local cake decorating store. Just google in plastic coated floristry wire’, it should come up with suppliers.

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Hi madeitwithlove thank you very much for your answer. I did watch the videos and have ordered some of the wire from the internet. He then does say you need to put the wires into something so they dont taint the cake, so what do I do about that? I just wanted to make a birthday cake for my boss and loved the idea of the shapes on the wiring, but what to put them in worries me. You can tell I am an amateur, but am very willing to learn!

Many thanks again.

Julieh

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Hi Julieh

We were all amateurs once you know, I think you’re doing great attempting it! In the centre of the top cake, Paul cuts out a hole and fits into it a cut off yogurt carton, (you can use any small plastic tub). The carton has to fit so the top lip is below the cut edge of the cake. Fill the carton with some fondant so it makes a cushion for the explosion wires to go into and fill that with silver or gold sugar balls Finish the edge of the carton off with fondant rolled so the edge is neat. Voila! there you have it!!

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Hi madewithlove, again many thanks for your answer, that is really helpful.

I am not making the handbag cake, it did make me smile though,I am nowhere near good enough for that yet. I wont ever be great, but cake decoration gives me something to do, and my work colleagues are happy to eat anything I make. I am just into making little fondant decorations for cupcakes, nothing more serious yet though my small ambition at the mo is to make roses, why I dont know, they just look so lovely, but havent had the courage to start that yet. Just getting some equipment together. Might make some daisies this afternoon!!
I do appreciate your answers, thank you very much.

Julieh

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Oh lord, I must be losing my mind, answering questions too late in the night I think. Got that one wrong didn’t I???!
Anyways if some of the info helped then I’m please. Don’t be afraid of making the flowers, they’re great fun and easy once you get the hang of them. I think everyone starts with roses, they are usually the first flowers to be taught in sugarcraft classes. I started with piped Royal icing flowers on a flower nail. I much prefer to hand make without cutters, but not all flowers can be made without equipment. Have a look at all the flower tutorials Paul does, especially the chocolate ones (yummy yum). Practice makes perfect, be happy. ps I’ve edited it, now it reads right!

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