Decorating Wedding Cakes With Flowers: How To Attach Them To Fondant

how to attach sugar flowers to cakes

When I was trying to decide how to attach a bunch of candy clay roses to a fondant drape cake recently, I had a “duh” moment.

Just use more melted candy wafers.

Candy melts are designed to melt, then it dries hard as a rock, and it grabs onto sugar like fondant and other candy clay items REALLY well.


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What to use for the flowers.

Decorating wedding cakes with flowers usually involves a lot of wire and floral tape, and you shouldn’t eat those flowers.

You can eat candy clay, though, even though when I make candy clay flowers I don’t expect people to eat them.

They’re NOT chocolate, and I think of them like I think of gumpaste…Technically edible, but not something I’d want to eat.

They do tend to be easier to manipulate than gumpaste on fondant, though.

adding candy clay flowers to the rose-cake

Anyway…I used this method a few weeks ago to attach some gumpaste flowers to a fondant cake, and last week I had a bunch of candy clay roses that I attached to a blue fondant drape using the same method.

The candy melts dry completely solid, so be sure that you want the flower where it’s attached.

Once you put it there you probably won’t be able to reposition it without damaging the cake.

The good thing about the candy clay roses is that you can cut them flat with a pair of scissors, then attach them to the surface of the cake.

For this cake I cut them to conform to the shape of the part of the cake where they were going to go, then put some melted candy on the drape.

rose cake

I attached the roses and held them in place for a couple of seconds to make sure they were adhered.

Doing it this way allows you to avoid inserting wires, toothpicks, skewers, or other inedible elements into the cake itself. 

For this cake the roses that are on the side of the cake are attached only with the melted candy, no other picks or anything were necessary.

When they cut the cake, they can remove the entire drape in one piece without ripping the cake apart.

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