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Make-a-Cake Series: Cut-out Flowers

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Some of you were curious about making the paper bag skirt (found here) in adult sizes.  I added a few notes about how to adjust the size, at the very end of the post.
Okay, enough from me.  
You are now in for a treat.  Brittany’s little cupcakes below remind me of sassy little flamenco dancers, ready for a vivid and colorful night out.  
Love. Every. Single. One.

Have you ever seen those beautiful sugar flowers on the food network?

Do you find yourself thinking “How do they do that?” or “I could never do that!”

I think that same thing!

I have not reached the level yet where I am brave/patient enough to master flower art.

However, I create some simple cut-out flowers for my cakes, that create such a fun detail.

Here are four simple flowers we can all do until we are ready for the Food Network flowers!

** I’m going to be showing you a variety of really great tools that you can use with your cake decorating.  I thought it would be fun to show you how many of them work.  I made links to all the tools so you can see what they look like before buying them. So click on each highlighted tool below.  Everything I use for this post you can find at Micheals, Joanns or online. **

First, is a five petal cut out. 
You need:

Flower cutter
Forming Cup

Roll out your gumpaste and cut out your flowers.

Lightly press the flower in a small forming cup. Let it sit for 5 min to get a round shape.
 Remove the flower and set aside until dry (12-24 hours).

See the shape the flower is now? That is what the forming cup does.
Pipe a dot in the center with buttercream.

Simple right? 

Can you tell I have been into cupcakes lately? These were my first choice to display the little flowers.
Second, is a variation of the 5 petal cut out. 
But, this time we are not going to round the whole flower……just the center. 
You will need:
Gumpaste- colored as desired
Flower cutter
Forming Foam
Gumpaste ball tool

Again, roll out your gumpaste, cut out your flowers, and lay them one at a time on the forming foam. 
Press the large end of the ball tool into the center of the flower.

Spin the tool until it makes a cup in the middle of the flower.

Set the flower aside to dry for 12-24 hours.

For this one I filled the center with fondant balls.
This, is a Layered Daisy

You need:
    Gumpaste — in one or two colors
Daisy Cutter 
Forming Cups
        Pearlized sprinkles –you can see these in a picture below

Using the two larger cutters, cut out your flowers in different colors.

Place the larger flower in a large forming cup.

Add a tiny bit of water to the center and place your smaller flower on top.
Again, add a tiny bit of water to the center of the flower and then press three pearlized round sprinkles into the gumpaste.

Let the flower sit for 5 minuets to get it shape. Move it aside and let dry for 12-24 hours.

So fast and easy!

Fourth, is the poppy flower.

This was inspired by Ashley’s Satin Flower Headbands.

I thought they were SO cute! I want one in every color!

I actually made these edible flowers with a few less layers than the headbands.
(You could make this flower with more layers if you wanted to. I’m sure it would be beautiful!)

You need:
Circle Cutters
Forming Foam
Gumpaste Ball Tool
Forming Cups
Flower Stamen

I cut out gumpaste circles in three sizes.
I didn’t like the size of the small circle cutter so I used a piping tip.
(It was tip 1M)

TIP** the gumpaste will need to be rolled out fairly thin for this flower.

Place your largest circle on the forming foam. Take the large end of the ball tool and go around the ouside of the circle with even pressure.
This will start to thin out the edges of the circle and curl some of them up.

Now go back and spend a little more time going over a few spots on the circle to get them to lift up.

Then place the large circle on your large forming cup, to give it more shape.

Now place your medium circle on the forming foam and repeat the same steps.  Then, attach it to the larger circle with a little bit of water and then repeat the steps with the smaller circle.

When your “petals” are all stacked up, use you fingers and pull the edges up if needed to get the look you want.  Adjust just how you like it.
There is no right or wrong way.  In fact, the more different and unique each petal, the better.

Next, cut little stamens pretty short and insert them into the center of the flower.
(these are not edible–so warn the person eating your flowers)

Let the flower sit in the cup for 5 minutes before you move it and work on the next flower.
Let them dry for 12-14 hours.

She is ready for the party!
(Did I just make that cupcake a “she”? I think I am too attached! At least I didn’t give her a name!)

And everyone else is ready for the party too!
Happy Decorating!
Ashley Johnston
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Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with my craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
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  1. Brittany says:

    I don't think you would have any problems decorating the cupcakes the night before. For sure the flowers would be fine. The buttercrream will dry a bit but it will not effect the look and they will still be delicious the next day.
    Good Luck!

  2. Stacy says:

    love the flowers! so cute! quick question… with doing fondant, how long can you leave it on an iced cupcake before serving it? would it work to decorate them in the evening, and serve the cupcakes the next day? thanks!

  3. Brittany says:

    The English Family– You can use fondant, it will just take longer to dry. It will also take more time in the forming cup to hold its shape. If you use fondant roll it thicker and keep it in the form longer and it should work. Then let then dry for 4-5 days before use.
    Good luck!

  4. The English Family says:

    These are super cute! I see that you used gumpaste to make the flowers, could you have used fondant? I'm making a cake next weekend and have never done flowers before. I was planning to use fondant but now I'm not sure. Can you eat the gumpaste flowers?

  5. Jody and Amy says:

    So cute! What is your best recipe for your fondant?

  6. Brittany says:

    bethanndood– I make mine 24 hour before I need them. You can make them any time before and store them until you need them.
    Good Luck!

  7. bethanndodd says:

    LOVE the flowers!!! I am totally going to make some of those for the batch of cupcakes I make or I may even put them on a cake. How far in advance can you make them? Thanks!!

  8. Lau's says:

    wow!!you are sooo talented!

  9. J says:

    When in a pinch, empty egg cartons can make extra forming cups too!

  10. The Autocrat: Haley says:

    oooo fabulous!! Thanks for the tutoria!! I am soooo trying this!

  11. DeLiGhT says:

    I've never tried doing these because, well, I'm intimated…but NOW! I totally want to try it! You made it look so simple and they turned out perfect.
    Thank you for this tutorial and good work.

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