How to make a five petal fantasy flower

In this tutorial I want to show you how to make a five petal fantasy flower. The flower is inspired by a pink flower broche that I have. You are welcome to change the color for the flower, so that it match your color scheme.

Remember that the flower stamens are inedible, so you need to remove the flower before cutting the cake.

This is what I use:
Drinking glass
Foil
Foam pad
Ball tool
Rolling pin
Cornstarch
Five petal cutters in following sizes: 35mm, 80mm, 110mm
(Easy rose cutters 80mm + 110mm from JEM) (35mm/1 1/4″ any five petal cutter can be used)
Gum paste
Pink food gel color (optional)
Pearl & pink luster dust (optional)
15-20 white flower stamens (small round headed)
White non-parelis
Tylo glue
Small firm brush for the tylo glue
Small soft brush for the luster dust
Pair of tweezers
pair of scissors
Small pieces of foam
Paper towel
Flower former:
Start by covering the glass with double layers of foil, like shown on the photo. Dust it with a little cornstarch, so that the flower wont stick to the foil.

Step 1:
Color some of the gum paste pink with the food gel color and roll out the gum paste thinly. Cut out the first layer of the flower, using the large five petal cutter (110mm). Place the flower on the foam pad and thin the edges of the flower with the ball tool. Dust the tin foil with a littel cornstarch before placing the large flower on the tin foil “cup”. Shape the petals with your fingers and place small pieces of foam to keep them in place.

Step 2:
Take some white gum paste, again roll it out thinly and this time use the medium five petal cutter (80mm). Cut out the second layer for the flower, and place it on the foam pad. Thin the edges of the flower with the ball tool. Place the cut out flower on a piece of paper towel and brush the white flower, with white luster dust.

Step 3:
Brush a thin layer of tylo glue in the middle of the pink flower.

Step 4:
Place the white flower on top of the pink flower. Again shape the petals with your fingers and place small pieces of foam, to keep the petals in place while drying.

Step 5:
Roll out some pink gum paste thinly, and cut out the last petal for the fantasy flower with the small petal cutter (35mm). Thin the edges with the ball tool and glue it in the middle of the white flower with tylo glue. You can use the end of a paint brush to lift up the small petals. I dont use any foam pieces to keep the small petals in place here.

Step 6:
Take some white gum paste, make a small ball, that match the center of the flower and flatten it slightly. Brush the top of the ball with tylo glue and dip it into the white non-parelis. Secure the ball with tylo glue in the middle of the pink flower. Let the flower dry for 1 hour before you continue.

Step 7:
Take some small round headed white flower stamens and cut them a little shorter. Push in the flower stamens all the way around the edge of center with a pair of tweezers. Finish the flower by adding a little pink luster dust in the the center. Let the flower dry until firm, about 1-3 days. Remember to remove the small pieces of foam, when the flower is dry.

Tip!
You can also make smaller or larger flowers by using various sizes of five petal cutters, than the ones used for this tutorial.

Happy Caking!

Louise

Louise
Louise is the founder and editor of CakeJournal. She's a passionate, self taught, cake artist who has been doing cake decorating since 2002.
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Comments

  1. Melissa says

    Louise, your tutorial is fantastic! I have a wedding cake I’m doing in September and the bride is requesting a fantasy flower with 4 graduated sized flowers in 4 shades of purple. I will be using this tutorial to create her flower.

  2. Karen Chedrick says

    This is beautiful, and very helpful. I do have a question regarding flowers that are on wire that is wraped. Can they be put into the cake or must I use a flower pick? Thank you for your time.

    • Louise says

      Always a flower pick or a drinking straw that you fill with a little royal icing in the same color as the cake.

  3. Irene says

    what a great tutorial. I don’t need to pay hundreds of dollars to do day courses. your tutorials are very educational. thank you for sharing ! :)

  4. Melanieguyot says

    hello,

    i want to make a flower but i would know how many times to dry the petals.
    thank for your answers.

    melanie

    • Anonymous says

      Melanie: You make the whole flower. Add the small pieces of foam in between the petals and then let it dry for 2-3 days. Depending on how dry you want the flower to be. Remember that gum paste dries faster than regular fondant.

  5. Anonymous says

    You should be able to just pick it up with your hands, since it should be nice and dry. You can affix it to the cake with a little royal icing or edible glue.

  6. Kate says

    Use these flowers all the time! Where would i be able to find a cake dummy in the UK like the one you use in the picture?

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