When I had big cakes that were going to involve a ton of gumpaste flowers, I always started making the flowers ahead of time. Not all gumpaste flowers have stamens, but it’s good to know how to make them yourself in case you need to save some money. There are a lot of different types […]
Cake Flower Tutorials
These are some simple pinch flowers (some people call them “pulled sugar flowers” but the word “pinch” is so much better.) They’re all made pretty much the same way, so you can shape the petals as you need them. These can be made from fondant with tylose, or from gumpaste. Plain fondant might be too
After spending a day making wired petals for peonies, I thought that there had to be a way to make the process go faster. I came up with this quick method that let me make 17 petals in 20 minutes on my first try, which is a lot faster than I had been doing them.
Here’s a quick method to glue unwired tulip petals together using melted chocolate. To make the petals, use a gumpaste petal cutter, or download this template for tulips petal and leaf shapes: Make the centers The centers on these are wired, but it saves time when you don’t have to do wires in each individual petal.
When I decided that it would be fun to make some lily of the valley I didn’t really give a lot of thought to the part about them being so incredibly tiny. They’re teeny, teeny tiny. So I made some, but they’re slightly bigger than the real thing, just by virtue of the fact that my eyes were
There are many ways to color leaves…If you want to make some that have veins that are a different color than the leaf itself, you usually have to paint them. One way to do it quickly is to use wet leaves and apply another color to them before they dry. To do this you need to
I needed to make some lamb’s ear and dusty miller leaves for a client recently. Both of those types of leaves are silvery and fuzzy, so I thought I’d put some type of ground-up royal icing or other fuzz-producing effect on them. But then I went out to get a lamb’s ear leaf from my garden
Here’s a weird little flower, but it’s really an herb. Lavender isn’t your usual flower to use on wedding cakes, but I had a client who wanted to use it so I said that I’d give it a shot. I have a lot of lavender growing in my yard, so I knew that I’d have
I saw someone post about how to store gumpaste flowers recently, and it’s a good question. We tell people that you can save gumpaste for years as a souvenir, but nobody mentions humidity. One of my friends had a bunch of flowers that went from dry to total mush when a big thunderstorm came through and
I did a cake that had vines of gumpaste flowers on the bottom two tiers. They were combinations of orchids and freesia-type flowers on a stem. To get this effect I used to dummies to make the vines. I put a skewer in the center and attached a wire to the skewer so that I could