You have probably seen one of the 100 shows on TV where professionals make amazing cakes, and wondered about how to make fondant flowers but were intimidated by what seemed like an impossible task for an amateur. Well the process is actually not as difficult as one might expect, and it’s a great way to decorate cakes for any occasion. This article will only cover basic fondant flowers, not fondant roses.
First, you can either purchase fondant, or learn how to make fondant out of marshmallows (which is both cheap and easy!). You’re going to have to color it with whatever color you desire your flowers to be.
Learning how to make flowers out of fondant is quite easy, at least for these basic flowers. They are typically two-toned, with a ball center.
Ingredients and Whatnot
- a rolling pin
- a rolling mat
- two different sized flower cookie cutters
- sugar syrup
- small paint brush
- piece of foam
- First, take the darker of your two colors, and roll small, 1/4 inch balls of dough (1 for each flower you want to make) and set them aside.
- Next, knead your darker colored fondant until it is pliable enough to roll it.
- Roll it flat, and then use the larger of the two cookie cutters to cut out as many flowers as you'd like.
- Repeat this process with the lighter of the two fondant colors, except this time use your smaller flower cookie cutter.
- Before you begin assembly, you might want to shape the flowers to give them a more conical look. You will use your piece of foam to do this. Simply place your flower cut-outs on the foam, and press down gently in the center until they pop-out a little bit. This step is optional, and you can leave the flowers flat if you'd like.
- Once your flowers are shaped to your liking, you can begin assembly of your fondant flowers. Use your small paint brush to spread a light layer of sugar syrup on the back of the small of your two flower cut-outs.
- Gently place this cut-out on top of your larger cut-out aligned however you'd like your petals to be aligned. There's no need to press down to "make them stick," the sugar syrup will take care of that.
- Finally, take one of your 1/4 balls of fondant, spread a small amount of the sugar syrup on the bottom, and place it in the center of your flower, and you're done with assembly.
Now, let these flowers dry completely before attempting to stick them to your cake. This can take up to 20 minutes. After that, you’re free to configure them on your cake however you’d like, using the same sugar syrup to make them stick. Also, much the same way that fondant can be made in advance, the flowers will also keep pretty well if stored in the refrigerator. They can be made up to a week before actually being used for decoration.
Learning how to make fondant flowers is fun and easy. The next step in your cake decorating adventures will be learning how to make fondant roses. That’s when things get really interesting.