Response: Hello Tara, First, I would discourage you from making your own cake unless your wedding will be very small and the cake is very simply decorated. You simply wont have enough time on the wedding day to deal with it. Remember, you will be having your hair done, dressing, having photos taken, and all of the other things leading up to the ceremony.
If you really want to make the cake, you might spend some time on the Wilton web site and other sites from professional bakers. A good buttercreme icing isnt sticky, though it is a little moist. I have a baker whose buttercreme icing stands up to temperatures of 110 degrees without melting. She adds meringue powder to the recipe. It is tasteless, yet helps the icing to hold its shape. You might experiment with icing recipes to find one that has a consistency you like without being sticky.
You shouldnt need to coat the leaves with anything. Just be sure they are clean. You dont know where they were manufactured or how clean the factory may be.
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