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How to Make Edible Flowers For Cakes

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by Caitlin Pianta (subscribe)
Queensland based writer and digital nomad.
Published February 21st 2012
Image by Brianjester (Wikimedia Commons)

Cake decorating is a beautiful and skilled creative endeavour, it takes a lot of patience and a lot of creativity to create these beautiful edible art pieces.

Today, I'm going to run you through how to make edible cake decorating flowers.

To start with, we'll need some edible glue, or, Tylose.

Add 5mil water to a CMC tylose (available at cake decorating shops and can be bought in bulk). Leave this overnight. This will be used to stick the flowers onto the cake.

For Flour Modelling Paste you will need:
3 little bowls
2 tsp gellatine
5 tsp cold water
15 grams liquid glucose
25 grams of copha

Put the gelatine and cold water in one bowl, the glucose in the second and the copha in the third.

Put all three bowls in the microwave and warm them - don't boil. Around ten seconds will be enough to melt the mixtures sufficiently.

Next, put the glucose into the gellatine and stir, dissolving well.
Pour the copha into the mixture and stir well.

For the next step, in a separate bowl add:
400 g pure icing sugar
2 tsp tylose
1 tsp cream of tartar
1 60g (approx.) egg - you will only be using the egg white.

Thoroughly stir and put into the microwave on high for 30 seconds.

Remove and stir then put it in for another 30 seconds. Make sure this doesn't caramalise.

Next, beat the egg white with a one pronged hand beater until fluffy.

Pour hot liquid and egg in together. It will turn solid when it is ready.

Knead this for ten minutes and add icing sugar if it gets sticky.

Now, for the fun part. The actual creation.

Ensure you have some corn flower handy, a clean work area, some cake decorating gauge wire (found at a cake decorating supplies store, or the craft isle of any good art shop).

Pulled Flowers
These are the most simple and effective flowers for cake decorating.

Use a number 22 or stronger gauge wire to make your flowers on.

Cut the wire so you have enough at one end to bend it over to make a hook. This is so that when you make a cone for a rose or just a pulled flower, it will be held on the wire.

Roll a small amount of the moulding paste into a small cone shape.

With either your flower tool or the end of a fine paint brush or butcher skewer, dust with a little corn flower, this will prevent the paste sticking to the tool.

Insert the tool into the top of your cone and open it up, but not too wide.

Take the tool out and with a fine paid of scissors cut five or six equal slits.

With your thumb and forefinger, mould each section of your flower to form petals.

Moisten the hooked wire in tylose or egg white and insert through the centre of the flower, making sure to taper of at the base of your bloom.

Place on a polystyrene and allow to dry for at least 24 hours before colouring.

Colouring is done simply, the next day with food dye and a very slender paint brush or cooking brush.

So that's how to make some simple flowers for your fancy cake.
Now get decorating!
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Why? To decorate like the pros
Cost: Cost of ingredients and around $10 for guage wires and $30 for CMC tylose
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