Today, as part of my cupcake series, I’m going to show you how to make a very simple sugarpaste flower cake topper and two sugarpaste leaves. You can use these flowers to decorate cupcakes, as I have done, or cookies, fondant fancies and anything else you can think of. They are very quick to make, you get better and better each time you make them and you can experiment and find your perfect style of flower. I tend to opt for a camellia type.
You will need -
Sugarpaste icing aka Regal Icing. For this flower I used Renshaw sugarpaste in Shell Pink and Pastel Green.You can use white Sugarpaste/Regal icing (available at all supermarkets) and colour it yourself using liquid or paste colouring.
PME Rose Petal cutters - or cut the petals out by hand using a knife if you can achieve the desired shape
Ateco Thin Leaf Plunge Cutter – or cut the petals out by hand using a knife if you can achieve the desired shape.
Edible Glue – you’ll need this but it lasts for a long time.
Tylo Powder – you’ll also need this but, again, it lasts a very long time.
You’ll also need a small rolling pin of sorts, a chopping board, some icing sugar for dusting and a paintbrush.
Take a small amount of the green icing and sprinkle a pinch of the Tylo powder in to it and massage the powder in to the ball of icing. It will now be much more malleable and you’ll be able to roll it out very thinly and achieve a greater amount of fine detail should you want to.
When you have rolled the icing out cut a triangle shape in to it about an inch high.
Roll the triangle up in to a roll between your fingers. This will be the centre of the flower.
Now roll out the pink icing, using the Tylo powder for malleability and a dusting of icing sugar on your board if it begins to stick. Roll it out thinly but not wafer thin for this project.
Using the second to smallest rose cutter, cut out three petals.
Place a small amount of the edible glue at the tip of each petal and paint it on until it reaches about half way up.
Don’t use too much glue, trust it to work or else your flower will be soggy and slippery.
Wrap a petal around the outside edge of the centre of the flower. Pinch very gently in to place.
Wrap the other two petals around too, overlapping each other. You can see it starting to take on the shape of a flower now.
Cut out four or five of the next size up using the petal cutter and do the very same with these petals. Glue them and wrap them around the outside of the petals already in place.
And finish it off with five or six of the largest shaped petals.
When you have attached all the petals you want to, you’ll be able to see if you need more to fill a gap, gently turn the outer edges under a wee bit. This gives a lovely open softness to the petals and to the flower as a whole.
Reverting back to the green icing, use the leaf plunge cutter to cut out two leaves.
Poke the stem of the flower in to a buttercream swirl, find out how to make them using my tutorial right here. You may need to trim the flower stem a little bit if it has been built up too much with sugarpaste. Once the flower is in place pop the leaves just underneath and at the top so that they pop out and can still be seen.
And there you have it.
Use as many different colour combinations as you want to. Fiddle, prod, manipulate and have fun.
If you’re worried about shelling out for a load of equipment, I understand, but I should say that the cutters will last forever if you care for them and things like the glue and the Tylo powder last ages too.
Put another way, you’ll be able to make many, many flowers!
I’m loving doing these posts. I hope you don’t mind? It’s all so simple and yet the results are magic. I do think that the right tools are important as they help you to achieve and therefore encourage you to keep going. But at the same time I quite like the demystification of something that looks a lot harder than it actually is.
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