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

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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.

Tylose Powder

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Tylose Powder – A Must For Your Kit!

Tylose PowderA really, really useful and money saving thing to have in your Sugarcraft kit is a tub of Tylose powder.  It has quite a few uses.  One of them is making your own edible sugar glue.  The particular powder that I used to use required a mix of one part Tylose Powder to 30 parts water.  You give it a good mix, put it in the refrigerator over night, and you have enough glue to last you a while! So you can imagine, if you were to use just one teaspoon of Tylose Powder at a time, you would make a lot of glue for your money, in comparison to buying the ready made stuff.

Another very handy use is to make fondant stiffer.  Sometimes when making models, or flowers with fondant, it tends to get quite soft, and doesn’t dry as hard as flower paste.  By adding some Tylose Powder, and working it into your fondant, you will find that it adds more gums to it, and it will dry harder.

So what do customers say about it? And what tips do they have?

The Good

Customers really appreciated the fact that buying Tylose Powder saved them money on buying both gumpaste and glue.  They were also impressed by the quality of this product.

Tips From Customers

For best results, knead in the Tylose Powder to your fondant and let it sit, covered, overnight.

For places with higher humidity, use more Tylose Powder in your fondant.

Experiment with the amount of Tylose Powder needed in your fondant – too little will not make it dry hard enough, and too much will make the fondant too dry, and will leave cracked and rough edges.

Reviews of Wilton Set of 10 Gum-Paste Modeling Tools

To be honest, most people over on this side of the Atlantic seem to favour using PME modelling tools.  They are by far the most common that I see around .  However, I have looked at this set in the Wilton catalogue a good few times, and the price seems reasonable in comparison.  And the case would be a very handy addition to this set.  So I was wondering how good these Wilton tools actually are.

There are 10 tools in this set which are numbered and colour coded to make them easy to find and organize.  The handles are designed to be easy to grip, and are ergonomically designed.  Seven of the tools are double-ended, so in reality you are getting 17 tools! The tools included are:

Shell tool and knife; large & small bone tool; quilting & cutting tool; scriber & cone tool; large & small veining tool; large & small ball tool; umbrella tool; palette knife and 2 modelling sticks.

Sounds good?! Well what do real customers who have tried this kit really think?

The Good

Customers seems to appreciate the variety of tools included in this kit, and say that it contains all that you need to get started with your cake decorating. The case and the fact that the tools are numbered makes it very east to store, transport and organize your tools.

Many of the customers were very happy with what they got for their money.

The Not So Good

A few people commented on the fact that some of the tools seemed a little bit too small to be effective.  One person also felt that the quilting tool was cutting strips instead of actually just embossing a pattern.

Some more professional cake decorators felt that the construction was a little bit cheap, and that there were small bumps and marks in them from the manufacturing.

Conclusion

From what I have read, beginners and home bakers seem to be very happy with this set of tools from Wilton.  However, if you are a more professional/commercial cake decorator, you might be better off investing in sturdier tools.

What is Sugarcraft?

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So what is Sugarcraft anyway? Increasing in popularity all over the world, Sugarcrafting has long been popular in the UK and USA.  A recent upsurge of cooking, baking and cake decorating TV programs such as “Ace of Cakes” have made people more and more interested in creating artistic looking cakes for all occasions. The recent recession has also made it more viable to make your own cakes for special occasions rather than paying out a lot of money to have one made for you.

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Sugarcraft Tips

We have complied some sugarcraft tips here to assist you with your sugarcraft journey. We’d welcome any feedback or suggestions that you may have.

Some professionals, although making and decorating cakes for a living, would say that it is still more of a hobby than a business. The amount of time that is invested in making a delicate bouquet of flowers could be as much as 40-50 hours!  However, if you get hooked by the Sugarcrafting bug, the satisfaction that you feel when you have completed a work of art makes it all worthwhile!

So What Is Sugarcraft?

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Well, Sugarcraft can be described as three-dimensional cake decorating.  It covers a huge variety of styles, and includes characters and models made from sugarpaste or fondant, to amazingly lifelike and botanically correct sugarcraft flowers.

Fondant is usually used to cover a cake – and can be bought pre-coloured, or can be coloured to exactly the right shade, usually using colour pastes.  You can also use dusts in various colours to “paint” or brush colour onto your finished work.

Some of the most popular companies that manufacture Sugarcraft items are PME, Wiltons, Sugarflair, Orchard Products, FMM, and JEM.  You can buy a huge array of tools, boards, cutters, plungers, colours, pastes, dusts and much much more to make your work easier.  Although the initial investment may seem a lot, most of these tools will be used over and over again for years to come.  A good idea is to begin by taking a workshop or a class in the basics of Sugarcrafting, and a good teacher will teach you how to make the best use of your tools, and to get multiple uses out of your various cutters.

Sugarcraft FAQs

What is sugarcraft?

Sugarcraft is a creative art, where sugar is used as a medium to produce masterpieces mainly for decorating cakes for special occasions like baptisms, birthdays, engagements, weddings, anniversaries and special events.

What is the meaning of sugar craft?

The culinary art of making things from sugar.

What is Sugarcraft Cake Decorating?

Sugarcraft can be described as three-dimensional cake decorating. It covers a huge variety of styles, and includes characters and models made from sugarpaste or fondant, to amazingly lifelike and botanically correct flowers.

How do you make a sugarcraft Rose?

Roll fondant out into a small rectangle shape. Use a special fondant rose cutter to cut out a long petal shape. Then using a smoothing tool, thin the edges and roll to make a rose.

How do you make sugarcraft paste?

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup (60 ml or 4 tbsp) tap water.
  • 14 grams granulated gelatine (1 sachet is 13 grams)
  • 180 grams (1/2 cup) glucose.
  • 15 ml (1 tbsp) edible glycerin.
  • 1 tbsp shortening (plus about 1 tbsp for kneading)
  • 900 grams icing (confectioners’) sugar, sieved.
  • 10 drops of vanilla (or other) essence.
  • Food colouring (optional)

How many petals does a Sugar Rose have?

If you want a larger sugar rose, do as follows: Roll out your flower paste/gum paste thinly, this time cut out five rose petals with the next size of cutter. Use your dogbone tool on all five petals.

What are flowers on cakes made of?

Delicate life-like sugar flowers are made from gum and confectioners/icing sugar, mixed into a paste and shaped into flowers and leaves that dry to a porcelain-like hardness. However, sugar flowers can also be made from fondant icing or piped with Royal Icing.