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Easy Fondant Flowers
Easy Fondant Flowers
Embellishing cakes and cupcakes has never been easier or more affordable. The addition of a simple fondant flower can elevate any cake design. The good news is, fondant flowers are really easy to make. While browsing the cake aisle at Michael's, you will see many types of prepackaged sugar flowers. These sugar flowers are attractive and convenient but they are expensive. They range between $4- $5 for eight sugar flowers. For that same price, you can custom make dozens of sugar flowers. With the help of cutters and plungers, fondant flowers are easily attainable.
Using Fondant Cutters to Make Sugar Flowers
1. There are a variety of fondants on the market today. Wilton sells premade fondant in white and primary colors. Another option is making your own fondant. Marshmallow fondant is quite easy to make and tastes great!
2. Dust your surface with cornstarch or powdered sugar and roll fondant to 1/8 inch.
3. Wilton sells many fondant cutters. Simply press cutter into fondant and remove.
4. The last step involves embellishment. A simple toothpick is all I use to achieve veining in my flowers. I also use lustre and pearl dust to achieve a beautiful sheen and shimmer. Some people even use non-toxic sidewalk chalk to shade and color their fondant flowers.
5. Place fondant in a drying cup or on cornstarch dusted wax paper and let dry.
My favorite cutter set..such a bargain!
Using Silicone Molds to Make Fondant Flowers
Using silicone molds is one of my favorite ways to make sugar flowers. Silicone molds can be purchased online and are quite affordable. They are readily available in every theme imaginable. The end result is a very detailed fondant flower complete with veining and texture. Such a lifesaver! When I first experimented with these molds, I was initially discouraged. The fondant stuck in the molds and was impossible to get out. I was determined to figure out how to use them and practice made perfect.
- Use fondant with tylose powder or a 50:50 mix with modelling chocolate.
- Dust mold with cornstarch or powder sugar.
- Place mold in freezer for ten minutes.
- Fondant flower should pop out easily.
- Allow Fondant flower to dry in a clean egg container to retain a realistic shape.
- Store fondant flower in an airtight container with a silica gel pack inside.