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Fondant Flowers

Making fondant flowers is easy once you know how. It allows you to create the most magnificent cakes.

You can use colored pre-made fondant or color it yourself with paste food colorings.

Fondant Cutters can be used to cut fondant flowers of any shape you desire.

The rose in the tutorial below is made with Satin Ice. The method is the same for gumpaste flowers. There are a variety of styles that you will see as you start exploring flower making with sugarpaste. Experiment on your own and see what interesting ways you can find to make your unique.

How To Make Fondant Roses

Ball of fondant

Make a ball of fondant

Cone shaped fondant for the base of a rose

Make a cone

Roll a ball of fondant about the size of an egg in your hands. Form a cone shape with it by rubbing it with the heel of your hands. The cone should be about 2 inches high. Press the thicker end down onto the work table so that the pointy end is up.

Fondant rolled out thin

Roll out fondant

Fondant petals cut and ready to use

Cut petals

To make the petals, take a small amount of fondant and roll it out very thin. Using your petal cutters, cut 3 small, 5 medium and 5 large teardrop shapes. Alternate method if you don't have the kit. Take a pea sized piece of fondant and roll it into a ball. Press it down into a circular shape

Thinning ou the fondant petals with a ball tool

Thin out petals

Using the ball tool to thin out the fondant rose petals

Thin out edges

On the thin piece of foam that comes with your fondant flowers kit, press gently with a rolling motion to thin out the petal. Thin one of the edges a little more, leaving one side slightly thicker. You can do this between two pieces of plastic using your fingers if you don't have the tools.

Placing the first petal onto the fondant cone

Wrap first petal

Placing the second petal onto the fondant cone

Wrap second petal

Brush a tiny amount of water mixed with the sugarpaste onto the cone using a paintbrush to help your petals to stick. Wrap the first petal around the cone with the top of the petal about 1/4 inch from the top of the cone. This first petal should be completely closed around the cone. Wrap the second petal overlapping the first one. You can unfurl it a little bit if you like but very gently to make it look like it's starting to open a bit.

A fondant rose half done

Continue wrapping petals

A fondant rose completed

Finished rose

Place the center of the third petal at the halfway mark of the second petal and wrap it around and attach by gently pressing. Continue to build up the flower with the larger petals. Stretch the base of each petal and secure it as you go with the tiniest amount of the glue. Each petal should overlap the previous one about halfway.

Cut the base of the rose so that it will stand upright on the cake or at a slight angle, depending on your arrangement.

Wilton gumpaste leaf cutter  tool

Cut leaves

Gumpaste leaf on a Wilton impression mat

Press onto veiner

Roll out some green fondant and using a leaf cutter cut three leaves and press them into the impression mat to give it a natural look.

Curling the fondant leave

Curl leaves

A fondant rose with leaves

Place leaves around rose

Use bunched up plastic wrap to lay the leaves over to give them some dimension. There are tools available for this purpose, but if you don't have them then try this easy method. You can also use the plastic wrap method to place around the rose as a support as it dries.

Cake Top With Sugarpaste Flowers

The photo below is a close up of the top of a five tiered wedding cake. The roses are fairly realistic, the little blue and yellow fillers are very easy fondant flowers to make. With cutters and other cake decorating tools you will be able to create all types.

*Note: I use Satin Ice to make my flowers. You can use gum paste, which can be rolled thinner for more realistic looking flowers and it dries harder as well.

Wedding cake topper

Fondant cake decorating tips...

Here is an example of a very different style of rose using fondant.

fondant roses
  • Make your own homemade fondant with a fondant recipe from this website.
  • Some pre-made fondant products are very good, depending on the brand.
  • My favorite is Satin Ice and Albert Uster's Masa Grischuna. In a pinch I use the Wilton brand
  • Fondant dries very quickly if left uncovered.
  • Always cover what you are not using with plastic wrap while working.
  • Always use a clean surface, preferably marble if possible. Any speck of dirt will discolor the fondant.
  • Dust the surface sparingly with powdered sugar or cornstarch while working to keep it from sticking, but not too much as it will dry the paste.

How To Make Roses

Some of you may learn better by watching the process live on video. So whenever possible I make a video to coincide with the written tutorials. NEW video is coming soon with better lighting and close ups as I am currently updating my YouTube channel.

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