How to Make Fondant Flowers

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Are fondant flowers something you have always wanted to make but never knew where to start? Have you seen them on cakes and wondered how they were made? Well, in this blog post we will introduce basic instructions on how to make flowers using fondant, specifically for a fondant rose cake.  Flowers are a great way to add an extra touch of elegance to your fondant rose cake.

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Step One: Gather Your Supplies

Gather up your cake decorating tools and ensemble this list below:

  • fondant or gum paste
  • small rolling pin
  • fondant cutter
  • cutting board with an inch of flour on it
  • small offset spatula for smoothing edges
  • a clean work surface, such as a cutting board with saran wrap laid out over it.
  • ball tool or fondant smoothers 
  • fondant or gum paste food coloring (optional)
  • fondant roller

Step Two: Cover Your Surface

Cover your surface with either parchment paper or saran wrap before laying down your pastry cloth on top of it. This will help keep everything clean while you work.   This also helps create an easier time getting all your pieces off from the surface when completed.

Step Three: Gather Your Fondant

Grab your fondant from the refrigerator and place it on top of the saran wrap or parchment paper. This will keep pieces that you are not working with at a time off of your work surface, which can cause them to dry out faster than if they were left uncovered.

Step Four: Rolling Out The Dough

Roll out fondant onto plastic mat/parchment paper – we recommend making sure all of the fondant has been rolled out and not just a section of it because fondant will dry out quickly.

Rolling:

  • First, place your rolling pin in the center of the fondant and start with small rolls that go all around until you get to where each edge meet
  • Gradually make bigger circles as you roll away from yourself (if using parchment paper) or towards yourself (if using plastic mat).

Step Five: Cut Fondant Into Shapes

Cut shapes out of fondant with fondant cutters – use your fingers to press the fondant cutter down and roll away from yourself until you have a good clean shape.

If using gum paste food coloring, then add it now while the fondant is still in its raw form. A little bit goes a long way so be careful not to overdo it! You may want to wait for fondant roses before adding any because they are more delicate than other shapes like leaves or petals.

Step Six: Creating Fondant Flowers and Roses

  • Begin with either a ball of fondant or strip of fondant and wrap it around the top two fingers (index finger and thumb).  Wrap it around your finger in an “O” motion.
  • Continue wrapping until you reach desired height – for roses we recommend about three wraps but other shapes like leaves can have more, just depending on what look you are going for!  Keep a close eye on roses because they can quickly start drying out due to fondant’s thinness.
  • Gently push down at the base of your flower with your thumbs while simultaneously pulling up from underneath the petals to create fullness. You should feel it pop up slightly when fully done.
  • Add some food coloring to the top layer of fondants and lay them on top of one another to create full layers. It’s worth noting that it is better not to add too much color at once because this can cause pieces from earlier in the process to dry out more quickly so you may need to alternate colors!

Step Seven: Flower Centers

Make small balls (about an inch wide) for flower centers using extra fondant – these can be any color but should generally match other roses in the same bouquet.

Step Eight: Using Fondant Roses on Cake

You should let fondant roses sit out for a day or two before you use them on cake to give fondant time to dry before it touches the actual cake

If fondants are getting too dry, they can be refreshed by spritzing with water and then letting air dry. Be sure not to spray flowers near any uncovered fondants because excess moisture could cause sogginess in those areas!

How To Make Fondant Roses Without Any Tools

Here is a handy video if you do not have any cake decorating tools. It shows a friendly young man making a fondant rose using nothing but his bare hands. Wonderful!

Video by Desserts101

Fondant Roses

If you have any tips or suggestion on how to make fondant flowers, pop them in the comments below or let us know via our contact page so we can update this post. For more like this check out our sugarcraft tutorials or cake decorating ideas.

How to Make Edible Paint for Cakes

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Have you ever wanted to add edible paint for cakes to your repertoire? I know I have! There are so many things that we can do with edible paints, and it’s a great way to make something special. In this blog post, we will talk about the different edible paints out there, how they work, and what ingredients you need to learn how to make edible paint for cakes. We’ll also go over some of the best ways to use edible paint for cakes in order to get the most out of these edible goodies!

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What is Edible Paint and Why Would I Use it For My Cakes

I’ve been in the business of cake making for quite some time, and I have to say that edible paint is my favorite new ingredient! There are so many things that you can do with these paints- from adding a pop of color to embellishing your designs.  You’ll be surprised at just how versatile this newest addition really is!!

3 Ways How to Make Edible Paint for Cakes

There seem to be three main types, but there’s no limit when it comes to what you can experiment with.

  1. An oil-based paint is made from a combination of vegetable shortening and powdered food coloring while;
  2. Watercolor washes require high-proof clear grain alcohol mixed in liquid food coloring for the best effect.
  3. Royal icing has become more popular over time because it requires only egg white powder, powdered sugar, flavoring (if desired), as well as some water or milk for the perfect consistency; all these ingredients combined make an easy spreadable type of paste that dries hard like frosting on any surface imaginable!

What do you think about edible paints?

Examples of How to Use the Paint on a Cake

After you’ve made edible paint, the possibilities are endless! Cake decorating is a great way to have fun and show your creative side. One of the best ways to add color in your cake is by using paint on a cake. You can use edible paint on a cake to create some unique designs, write words or numbers, and even add details like brush strokes for an authentic painting.

Oil-based paint is an excellent way to have that “wet paint” look of an oil painting right on your cake!  Edible watercolor washes create amazing watercolor paint effects on frosting and royal icing.  The alcohol in them evaporates to leave a beautiful, smudge free design where the color stands out from the paint.  Colored royal icing is a very popular choice when decorating cakes and cookies.     

The edible paint also works well with fondant, gel colors and even buttercream frosting!  If you’re looking for a more natural look on your cake then try making edible paints out of food coloring mixed with water or milk. This can be done by adding the dye powder to the liquid.

Here’s a few ways to get started:

  • Use edible paint for cake as an accent by using it sparingly on light colors. You can use it all over when working with darker shades of icing or cake mix.
  • You can make edible paint in any flavor or color for cakes by spooning into different piping bags.
  • Paint edible flowers on top of a cake
  • Draw the outline of animals or words on top of a frosted layer with edible paint
  • Add edible paint to the frosting for a more natural look
  • Use edible chocolate paint to make a plaid design on top of your cake mix or buttercream icing by using different piping bags with edible paints in light and dark shades!

Tips on Making Your Own Edible Paints for Cakes

So you’re ready to try out some of these edible paints? Awesome! Remember, the key is experimenting. You don’t need a lot of ingredients for most paint recipes and it’s fun to have a little bit of everything on hand. Get creative with your painting, use different colors for every layer or even mix them together. The sky is really the limit here!

And with all of the different colors out there, you can make almost anything from flowers and rainbows to hearts or bees. How are you going to use these amazing paints?

You may want to have a look at our cake icing recipes or investigate further cake ingredients.

Painting with Food Coloring on a Cake

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Have you ever wanted to paint on a cake but didn’t know how? Well, this painting with food coloring on a cake article will show you just how easy it is!  So easy a kid can do it too!  This painting technique is perfect for adding detail, writing messages, or highlighting the frosting of your favorite dessert. The painting process can be completed in less time with the right technique and materials.  Check out our secret pro tip below to help bring more luster to the colors!

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Painting With Food Coloring on a Cake: The Tools Needed

Painting with food coloring is a great way to make cakes more colorful and fun. It’s easy to do, but you’ll need the right cake decorating tools. Here is what you will need:

  • Liquid food colorings
  • A frosted cake
  • Small bowls or a paint tray
  • Cake Decorating brushes; sterilized

How to Paint on a Cake With Liquid Food Coloring

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Image by Brides

Paint on a cake with food coloring? It sounds like the perfect way to create a masterpiece! This is just a quick painting with liquid food coloring for cakes introduction, but it should help get you started.  You’ll be painting your first cake before you know it!

Here are some painting tips for painting on cakes:

  • Rough sketch a design so you have an idea of what you want to do and colors to  use.  If painting on a cake with food coloring for the first time, try painting simple designs like stripes or dots.  Practice painting onto an extra frosted or plain round cake before painting on a finished piece of work like birthday, wedding, or baby shower cakes.
  • Prepare the liquid food coloring for painting on cakes. Begin painting with the liquid food coloring to create your design by painting onto a cake that has been frosted.  If you choose to paint onto a plain cake, make sure it is completely cooled.
  • Have clean sterilized brushes ready for painting on cakes. You can purchase brushes specifically for painting on cakes. 
  • A clean bowl of water to rinse brushes between colors and painting on a cake.  Have a clean cloth to allow the brush to dry off between colors and allow it to completely dry before using it for the next color.  Having several brushes on hand is helpful.
  • Paint from lightest color to darkest color to get an even distribution of colors on your cake. Take the food coloring and brush it over the area you want to paint with liquid food color, let dry for a few seconds before painting another section. Repeat until your design is complete.
  • You can use painting tools like brushes or the end of a toothpick to create designs on your cake.
  • Keep in mind that darker colors will need more than one coat. 

Liquid Food Coloring vs. Gel Food Coloring

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Many people wonder what the difference is between using a liquid versus a gel food coloring. There’s often confusion on how each works or when one should be used over another!

Let’s shed some light on this common mystery:

  • Liquid Food Coloring – is composed of water soluble dyes and works well for most foods. A great option for those who want more control with small adjustments.  Colors look more pastel and lighter when painting.
  • Gel Food Coloring – are oil-based, contains other ingredients in addition to the dye such as alcohols which can change the texture of certain dishes.  It is perfect if you want to color something but don’t want to add liquid.

If painting on cakes with food coloring is new to you, try starting with liquid paints before trying other techniques like painting with food coloring with gel.

Secret Pro Tip For Painting With Gel Food Colorings

Pssst, here’s a secret pro tip: use Vodka or other clear alcohol, or clear extracts such as clear vanilla and lemon to thin out the gel food colorings.  The colors will be vibrant and lustrous!  The alcohol will evaporate and help the gel colors dry faster on your cake.  Liquid food colors don’t need to be thinned out. 

Now that you’ve had a chance to see this painting technique, what are your thoughts? How do you think it compares with other cake decorating techniques out there?

See more of our cake decorating tips or read our cake product reviews

Cake Baking Tips For Beginners

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Cake baking is a great skill to have and it can be a lot of fun, even if you don’t have the best experience. By using the cake baking tips for beginners in this article you’ll be able to make your own cakes with ease. You will learn how to bake your cake, frost it, decorate and store it in order to preserve its freshness for a long time.

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Read this article to learn some easy cake baking tips for beginners on how to bake a cake.

There are many methods for baking cakes, but this article will focus on the more traditional methods that are used by most home bakers.

Baking a cake is not an easy task if you do not have the right baking equipment, cake decorating tools and know-how. But with these simple tips, you can easily be an expert in the kitchen.

Preparation: Cake Baking Tips For Beginners

TIP 1: Make sure that all of your ingredients are at room temperature before you start baking.

TIP 2: Make sure that your ingredients are good quality. For example, if you’re using fresh eggs, it’s important to use free-range eggs from a trusted source with an antibiotic-free and hormone-free food chain. If you’re using butter, make sure it has been churned for an appropriate amount of time and has not been ultra-pasteurized.

TIP 3: A good way to start is by preheating an oven.

TIP 4: Create the perfect base for your cake by using an oven-safe dish or pan

Tip 5: Preparing the pans. First, grease the pans with butter or cooking spray before you sprinkle them with flour. Always start with a greased pan so that your cake will slide out more easily when you are done cooking.

Mixing Ingredients: Cake Baking Tips For Beginners

TIP 6: Start by adding in your dry ingredients first and mix them together.

TIP 7: Then you can add in wet ingredients like eggs, vanilla extract, milk, and melted butter before adding any other wet ingredients like chocolate chips or fruit if you want them in your cake.

TIP 8: Don’t over mix your batter because it will create too many air bubbles which can cause your cake to turn out dry.

TIP 9: Don’t over mix your batter because it will create too many air bubbles which can cause your cake to turn out dry.

Pan or Deep Frying: Cake Baking Tips For Beginners

TIP 10: Test the oil or butter by dropping a small amount of batter into it – if it sinks then it is ready to be used, but if it floats then you need to keep cooking it on the stove for another few minutes.

3 Experts Show How To Make Butter Icing – You Decide

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Making the butter icing or buttercream frosting is a valuable skill to have. If you want to learn how to make butter icing for birthday cake or fluffy buttercream frosting for cupcakes, then you’re in the right place.

Butter Icing is a very famous icing recipe which is used on cakes, cupcakes and cookies. Butter icing is my favorite and I will present 3 ways for you to make the best way for you!

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It’s very easy to make butter icing. All you need is butter, powdered sugar, a little vanilla extract and a small amount of milk or water. You’ll mix all these ingredients in a bowl with an electric mixer until it becomes light and fluffy. If you want your butter frosting to be more sweet, add more sugar while mixing it. And if you want the frosting thinner, add more milk or water as needed.

Butter icing uses butter as the main ingredient and is typically flavored with vanilla extract. Buttercream frosting, on the other hand, uses a mix of butter and sugar that is whipped together until light and fluffy.

3 Easy Ways How To Make Butter Icing by Buttercream Experts.

Below are 3 videos of experts who will show you professional buttercream frosting recipes and tell you what the butter icing main ingredients are.

You’ll be on your way to making the best butter icing for cake, buttercream icing for piping and even chocolate butter icing.

1. How to Make Butter Icing – Easy Recipe

Butter icing is a type of buttercream that is made out of butter, confectioners sugar, and heavy cream. The recipe I’m about to share with you is the easiest way to make this type of icing.

RECIPE INGREDIENTS:

3 cups (306 grams) powdered sugar, sifted
2 sticks (227 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/4 teaspoon fine salt
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 to 2 tablespoons heavy or whipping cream

This recipe is from Handle the Heat

2. Buttercream Icing Recipe – How to Make Perfect Buttercream Frosting

The best buttercream frosting should be light, mouth-watering, and heavenly. It is the most popular frosting for cakes because it can be piped or spread easily over the surface of the cake to create beautiful patterns.

RECIPE INGREDIENTS:

1 Cup | 250g Butter
3 Cups | 375g Powdered Sugar
1 | 5ml Teaspoon Vanilla
2 | 30ml Tablespoons Milk

This recipe is from Recipes by Carina

3. Buttercream Masterclass: How to make Perfect Buttercream Icing | Cupcake Jemma

The perfect butter icing is a little tricky to make, but it’s worth the effort. There are many recipes out there for classically simple icings and frostings made with sugar, butter, milk, and vanilla. They are all delicious, but they just can’t compete with this rich and creamy decadence. The texture is so silky that you can dip your finger into this icing without getting frosting on your fingers.

RECIPE INGREDIENTS:

150g unsalted butter, soft
340g icing sugar, sifted
3-4 tbsp whole milk/milk infusion/juice/other liquid

This recipe is from CupcakeJemma

So…How to Make Butter Icing?

Which butter icing recipe was your favorite? Did you try all three?

Butter iced cupcakes are a great choice for people who want a lighter, simpler flavor with their baked treats. Butter iced cupcakes use butter as the main ingredient and are typically flavored with vanilla extract. Buttercream frosting is also something that many people enjoy.

A mix of butter and sugar is whipped together until light and fluffy for use in this type of frosting, which can be used to top any number of desserts.

I’ve done a lot of research about butter icing recipes and I found one that was rich, creamy, and not too sweet. My favorite butter icing recipe was actually the first one I tried! What was yours?