Cake Decorating Flowers

by Laura Leydig Maxey
(Strunk, Kentucky)





Cake Decorating Flowers


Baking has always been a hobby. I decided to decorate cakes for my family when I was a teenager. As time has gone by I have learned about all of the options for baking and decorating. Now many years later, I get requests to make cakes from people I do not know. My little hobby has turned into a great passion that I enjoy tremendously.


My Inspiration

As a child, I concluded that my family was very large. It came to me at age 13 that I could bake my cousins wedding cake. That was when it started. One wedding after another. I was really enjoying my creative expressions and so were many others. Now almost 40 years later, family and friends are still enjoying my creations.

Cake Flavors

Once the decision is made that I will be making someone's special confection, the size and style is determined. Then the next important question is what flavors do they want. With this particular cake, I told the lucky couple they could have up to four cake flavors. Sometimes this can be overwhelming to the bride.

It was decided that the largest tier was going to be white with butter cream frosting between the layers. The second tier was chocolate with a chocolate butter cream. The third tier was red velvet with cream cheese frosting between the layers. I used a basic recipe for the cream cheese frosting consisting of:
8oz cream cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
¼ cup butter
1 tsp. vanilla flavor
I have decided this is the perfect recipe for my red velvet cake. So far no complaints about this one.

Cake Decorating Flowers

After the cake size is decided then we move on to the decoration. The bride to be wanted gum paste flowers. I had never put them on a wedding cake before. She started talking about all of these flowers she wanted. It was a major task for me but one that was a leaning experience as well. She also wanted teal color piping on each tier. Once delivered and set up we were all happy with the outcome.

Planning

One very important thing I learned early on is to make sure I have more supplies than I need. When I first started making wedding cakes, I always found myself running to the grocery store for more supplies. I was either in need of more powdered sugar or flour. Now, I always keep extra supplies on hand.

This was one of those times when my extra supplies came in handy. I was busy playing with my grandchildren and left the chocolate cake in the oven too long. The layer was not usable. I had to make another batch. The children enjoyed it though. Thank goodness I planned ahead and bought extra supplies.

Cake Supports and Tips

For many years I used the small wooden dowel rods that can be purchased many places. I have since discovered the jumbo plastic straws. They are much easier for me to work with. I measure them and cut them with a small pair of scissors. So easy. I have been lucky to find them in a local cake supply store and also on eBay. I also use support structures form Wilton.

More tips



Gum paste is something I just started working with about 2 years ago. As you can see on this design, there are many flowers made from it. This is actually the first wedding cake I made using gum paste flowers. I went shopping and got everything I needed to get started. Then YouTube became my best friend. I was glued to my computer for weeks learning to make these flowers.

The one thing I did not know about then was to spray them with edible spray. Now I use pearl colored spray on the dry flowers. It makes them shine and come to life.

Something that helps me keep my piping and string work even is a cake dividing mat. I can sit the tier on it and instantly see the dividing lines to create equal piping around the circumference.

The best and most used item in my cake decorating supplies is my wrist support. My mom gave me one after I told her my wrist sometimes hurts after piping. It is truly my most used item. It slides on like a glove and a band wraps around my wrist.

Thank You for taking the time to read my entry.
Laura Maxey

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Jul 05, 2012
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Hello Laura
by: Melissa Webb

Laura, you are very talented in this that you do. Your cakes are beautiful. I hope you win this contest, because you truely deserve to win and you enjoy baking these beautiful creations. Thank You

Melissa Webb

Jul 05, 2012
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pretty
by: Tina

great cake

Jul 05, 2012
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Beautiful Cake!!!
by: Rose Satchwill

If my husband and I ever deside to re-new our wedding vows, I would love to have a cake just like this one..It's so beautiful and colorful!! You have great talent and I know you love baking these beautiful cakes!!

Rose Satchwill

Jul 05, 2012
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Nice Job
by: Charles

I think this cake is beautiful.

Jul 05, 2012
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Laura's beautiful cake
by: Jean

How very beautiful and sounds good. too.

Jul 06, 2012
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pretty cake
by: Glenna Perkins

very pretty Laura

Jul 06, 2012
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Good Job Mom
by: Debra

My mom made this cake. She put a lot of time and love into making this one as she does with all of her cakes.

Jul 06, 2012
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Beautiful
by: Lorraine Seiler Young

So very beautiful! What a gift to be able to make this work of art!

Jul 06, 2012
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my vote
by: Becky

Great job this is really beautiful you are very talented!!

Jul 08, 2012
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Beautiful
by: Lisa Seiferth

Your cakes have become more and more gorgeous! I wish you lived in Florida so we could order them!

Jul 08, 2012
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Vote
by: Sam Thurber

Beautiful!

Jul 08, 2012
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Laura Leydig Massey
by: Sandy Thurber

Very beautiful!

Jul 08, 2012
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great cake
by: christina ballard

love the cake....i vote 10 stars

Jul 08, 2012
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my vote!!!
by: Amy Carpenter

Laura made for me the most beautiful, fun 3 tier topsy turvy cake for my bridal shower and the feeling I get looking at this wedding cake doesn't fall short of the feeling I got when I saw my own!!! Laura is so talented. She belongs in a bakery!!

Jul 08, 2012
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Esquisite colors and thoughtful design
by: Dawn Cornett

Laura,
I always enjoy looking at your gorgeous cakes and designs! I hope one day I can taste one as well! Good luck in your adventure, I hope you win, I know you put alot of time and hard work on these beautiful cakes! Best of luck!

Jul 08, 2012
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your a winner
by: DONNA SEILER

Beautiful. I would want this cake

Jul 08, 2012
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beautiful
by: Phyllis Burral-Lopez

These are by far the most beautiful I have ever seen!

Jul 08, 2012
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gorgeous wedding cake
by: Shannon Privett

Great Job on Alleys cake! Thanks!!!

Jul 08, 2012
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very professional
by: Quentin Reese

Awesome!!!!

Jul 08, 2012
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laura's cake
by: glenna r focht leydig

It is one of the most beautiful cakes I have ever seen. Good luck laura

Jul 08, 2012
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i love this cake
by: maria sergent

I vote for this cake.... Laura ledig

Jul 08, 2012
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facebook friend
by: Mike

That is truly amazing

Jul 08, 2012
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Beautiful cake
by: Lesley Carroll

Beautiful cake Laura!! :)

Jul 08, 2012
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Beautiful
by: Christie

Beautiful Cake!

Jul 08, 2012
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Cake Boss .. Move Over!!
by: Mike Sargent

It's rare when creativity and taste combine to make something special and memorable!!

Jul 08, 2012
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very well done go for it
by: tina webb

hope you win very nice

Jul 08, 2012
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Beautiful!!!
by: Anonymous

By Susan

Laura,
You cake is beautiful. I have been fortunate to enjoy you delicious creations. Your talent and decorating style is very unique and classy. I wish you lived closer to me. I would love to order your cakes for my family events.

Jul 08, 2012
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Awesome cake
by: Eddie Faulder Zwiebel

Very beautiful! You are very talented!

Jul 08, 2012
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you got my vote
by: mike morris

Laura your cakes look beautiful i would vote for it anytime

Jul 08, 2012
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Special cakes from laura maxey
by: Tiffany Phillips

I vote for all of her cakes she does an amazing job she is one of the people that i would let do my cake because she does a terrific job on any cakes that you ask for... so i vote for Laura Maxey

Jul 08, 2012
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Beautiful
by: Stachia Angel

Your cake is beautiful. LOVE IT !!!

Jul 08, 2012
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Beautiful Cake
by: Melissa B

This cake is so pretty and colorful. I sure wish I was this talented.

Jul 08, 2012
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cake competition
by: Melanie G-T

my vote is for this beautiful cake!

Jul 08, 2012
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Nice cake
by: Cindy Leydig

I vote for Laura's cake..

Jul 08, 2012
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U got my vote
by: Lori Werling

Awesome cake...i vote for Laura .

Jul 08, 2012
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very nice
by: Mike Muir

Wish I could make cakes like that.

Jul 08, 2012
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Great cakes
by: Allison

Love the cakes!!!!!!!!

Jul 08, 2012
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awesome cakes
by: Iris Leydig

Wish i could make cakes like that,you did an awesome job,

Jul 08, 2012
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Wonderful cake designs
by: Susan

I love your story. You cakes are absolutely the most beautiful ones I have seen.

Jul 09, 2012
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Beautiful
by: Dee Anna Deno

Laura Maxey cakes are really Beautiful .

Jul 09, 2012
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Beautiful cake!
by: Debbie Fernandes

These are so beautiful..you are very talented!

Jul 09, 2012
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nice
by: April

It is really pretty.

Jul 09, 2012
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Amazing detail
by: Yvonne Leydig

This is absolutely beautiful! We renewed our wedding vows for our 30th wedding anniversary and wish I had seen your cakes first, can't even compare them. Ours looked like a local supermarket bakery and this looks so professional. Can't wait to see more of your creations!

Jul 09, 2012
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Laura Lydig Maxey
by: Lorraine Weitzel

What a beautiful cake, this is a work of art, good luck & best wishes.

Jul 09, 2012
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Vote for Laura's Cake
by: Phena Ruth Fleig

I want to vote for Laura Ledlig Maxey's cake. Laura is so talented. All her work is so beautiful and flawless. Good luck Laura.

Jul 09, 2012
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BEAUTIFUL!!
by: Stephanie Hiquet

Laura, what a beautiful cake!! You do a great job!!

Jul 10, 2012
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Wonderful
by: Heather King

Laura made my husband's groom cake. It was great!! She even delivered it to the wedding herself, she was so nice. She knew exactly what I wanted.

Jul 10, 2012
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Beautiful design!
by: Lydia Freeman

Thank you for sharing your ideas. You're an inspiration!

Jul 10, 2012
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Way to go Laura
by: Janis

I've truly enjoyed all the photos you have posted on facebook of the different cakes you'v made and decorated.

Jul 10, 2012
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I love My Cakes U Got My Vote
by: Melissa Phillips

Great cake u made for my boyfriend & his daughter it was the best Micheal Jackson cake I have ever seen it was good & great got my vote!!!!!!!

Jul 11, 2012
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Gorgeous
by: Angie

I love the flowers and I have seen a lot of your cakes, I wish I was closer to you so I could have one made!!!!

Jul 11, 2012
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Love It
by: Jennifer

This cake looks great.

Jul 13, 2012
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Good job
by: Michael

You did a good job on this cake

Jul 13, 2012
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Beautiful cakes
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Laura,your cakes are beautiful and tasty!!

Jul 14, 2012
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Hi Laura
by: Amy Watson

Your cakes are very beautiful. You made m6 wedding cake and I loved it, you do such an amazing job. I hope you win!!!!!

Jul 15, 2012
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love this
by: pam russ

very beautiful

Jul 16, 2012
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Cake
by: Anonymous

Beautiful!

Jul 16, 2012
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Cake
by: Sandi Bruce

Beautiful!

Jul 17, 2012
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Pillars
by: Lorelie

Hi Laura, I am curious what you used to raise the top tier. Would you mind telling us what that is? Your cake is getting a lot of attention.

Jul 17, 2012
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Laura Maxey
by: Pillars

To separate the top tier from the rest of the cake I used the 2 inch Globe Pillar Set from Wilton. This separator set adds a touch of beauty to wedding cakes.

Jul 17, 2012
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Great cake
by: Jeff Leydig

You have out done yourself on this one. I'm proud of you.

Jul 20, 2012
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You are a winner
by: Glenda Adams

This is awesome cake. Wonderful.

Jul 22, 2012
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Excellent!!
by: Chantelle Luttrell

Beautiful cake!

Jul 24, 2012
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Gorgeous!
by: Rebekah

Beautiful cake! Excellent "story"! Mine pales in comparison!! lol beautiful work and thanks for sharing your tips/knowledge with us!!

Aug 08, 2012
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Great cake
by: mary clark

Hi my name Is Mary Clark I think Laura should win because it is a beautiful cake and I think she is a great baker. She put all her heart into it.

Sep 17, 2012
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lAURA'S WEDDING CAKE
by: Anonymous

The girl has got talent.

Oct 04, 2012
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Beautiful
by: Stachia Angel Strunk Ky.

Laura , I always enjoy looking at your beautiful cakes and designs. Good luck in opening your shop. You will do great. I know you will please others with their orders. I know you put alot of time and hard work in these beautiful cakes. HOPE YOU WIN !!!

May 24, 2013
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Amazing
by: Teresa Williams

Wow the cakes look Amazing and tasted wonderful if i ever get married again i asking you to make my cakes

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