Years ago I was smitten by the chandelier cake and never could figure out how they made those darn cakes hang upside-down! It’s just magical! Finally, a few weeks ago, my dear friend and well-known cake genius, Avalon Yarnes of Avalon Cakes came out with a tutorial on how to make this very cake! I admit I might have harassed her endlessly to put one together for selfish reasons but I was dying to know how she made this amazing cake! Check out this Chandelier cake that she created. This one actually hung from the ceiling! The whole thing lit up, had all these crystals and bling and it was just WOW! You can see why I wanted a tutorial so badly! You can check out Avalon’s chandelier cake tutorial by purchasing it here. In her tutorial, she shows you how to build the structure, assemble the cake and attach all that lovely bling to the cake. There is also an optional mini tutorial on how to make the whole thing glow! So cool! Links to where you can purchase supplies and all that come in the pdf download when you purchase. So I decided to give it a go myself and make my OWN chandelier cake finally but I didn’t have a place to hang it from the ceiling (I did consider hanging it from my ceiling fan for about 5 minutes but quickly abandoned that idea haha). My friend Claire Copsey from Claires Cakery Creations in the UK posted this gorgeous chandelier cake that she made for a friends wedding a few days ago. Aside from the cake being GORGEOUS I noticed the stand! I immediately asked her where in the world did you get that fabulous stand thinking I could get one too! Unfortunately for me, Claire happens to have a talented welder friend who lives next door and was able to make the stand for her! Darn it! So my search began for a chandelier cake stand! I posted in my local wedding community a plea for help! Where there ANY welders in the area that could create this beautiful stand for me? What I got was even better! A link to a hanging plant stand sold on Amazon for get this… $28!! The stand’s brand name is “plastec” so at first I was wary thinking it would be too weak to hold a cake but in the description it says it was actually steel! So I took a leap of faith and decided to place an order and do a little experiment I spray painted the stand gold and proceeded to do a weigh test with the heaviest thing I could find… fondant! haha! I weighed out my tiers of cake and saw they where just above 25 lbs all together (10-8-6 inch tiers) so I loaded up a bucket with 25 lbs of fondant and hooked it onto the stand to see if it would hold. Now I’m not saying the stand didn’t bend at all because it did, I actually ended up bending the hook backwards a little to compensate for the bend forward when the weight of the bucket is added so I was a little worried. I left the bucket to hang for 2 hours to make sure it wouldn’t bend further or the stand wouldn’t break. SUCCESS! Everything stayed where it should! So here it is! My final chandelier cake! I thought it turned out really nice and really was not as complicated as I feared! You should definitely give this a try if you have been wanting to create this super popular wedding cake trend! All of the supplies you need can be found at your local hardware store or purchased online. Easy peazy! If you have any questions or comments about this process, feel free to leave me a comment and I’ll try and answer you as soon as I can!
About the cake: Each tier is 5″ tall The texture in the center tier was created with marvelous molds onlays The bling is not edible and is attached with a bit of water and pinned at the back so that it is easily removed for the cutting process The cake is served from the top first but the bottom two tiers have to be removed from the structure to be cut, just like you would unstack a traditional wedding cake to cut and serve.