(Closed) Sugar Flowers – Help!!

posted 6 years ago in Cooking
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Do you mean flowers made out of colored sugars, or candied/sugared real flowers?

If you want to do the latter– real flowers preserved with sugar coating– here’s a good recipe/tutorial from Martha Stewart.

If you want flowers made out of sugar, I don’t know. . . but I think sugar-coated flowers would be really pretty. If you use edible ones like pansies, rose petals, johnny-jump-ups, borage flowers, violets, calendula, chamomile, nasturtiums, and so on (do an internet search for edible flowers) they become interesting candy as well as decorations!

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I know Michaels offers the Wilton classes, and frequently have 50% off the class. (I think regular price is $45 so 22.50 a class can be done) They also sell the course kits, and you can frequently get them a coupon for 50% off the item of your choice.

They might be willing to let you take just the class you want. They are usually very willing to explain things out of class too, so if you go on a quiet day, you can probably get a lot of good information, from one of the class teachers. One of my friends works at a local store, and employees get to take the courses, so even if it’s not one of the instructors you can get some good tips and tricks.

I would also try YouTube videos, they frequently have diy videos available.

 

 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I took the Wilton class and they are only 15 dollars. You may have to buy your supplies but I enjoyed.They will give you a 50% coupon that will help pay for the class and supplies. I made these flowers after one class and practice…

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I have no idea how to make sugar flowers, but I just wanted to let you know that should you need someone to eat said sugar flowers, I’m allllll yours. Wink

In all seriousness though, have you tried pinterest? That’s where I head when I’m stumped on something. 

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I’ve taken all the classes (making my own cake!).  When you take the class, they give you a course book that goes along with the kit.  If you google “wilton course book” you can download them online or buy them pretty cheap.  They give really easy step by step instructions!  If you are looking for gumpaste/fondant flowers, which I believe you are, start with course 3 and then look for course 4.  The first two courses are more basics/piping bag/buttercream focused.

My suggestion – there are soooo many types of flowers that it can be really overwhelming and you will end up buying a lot of different cutters and supplies.  Do some research for which kind of flowers you like.  Do you like roses?  Peonies? Then look for instructions for those specific flowers.  If you add “gum paste” to your search you will find lots.  I promise it’s not hard – if you were even remotely talented with plasticine as a kid you will do fine, it’s basically the same thing!  They can also be made waaaay ahead of time (I’m talking months) and stored in tupperware, so you can get these done without the stress.  I made some over the summer and put them in tupperware to see how they aged and they look exactly the same.

One last thing – if you are making a fondant cake – Wilton fondant=not so tasty. I order Satin Ice online and it’s much better!  They even have a buttercream flavoured fondant!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@hfwildcat:  Not at all just practice when you have some space time. If you could video tape the classes it will be a big help. My camera has a function that allowed me to make a video. I took it home and took my time and practiced after a while you will be able to make one within 2 to 3 mins depending on how big the roses are.

GOOD LUCK

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@hfwildcat: Do you have the rose tips that came in case? Try to find a rose nail that the bottom looks like a screw because the grooves will help you to spin it faster. Just practice making one leaf and keep doing one leaf until you are sure they are prefect by themselves.

Start off making a small hill on top of the nail and take your time make sure you turn the nail slow enough to have control.

If you want to talk with on PM I would be glad to give you any help that I can.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I made the flowers out of fondant. Once they  dry they become hard ans will keep in the freezer.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I made the flowers out of fondant. Once they  dry they become hard and will keep in the freezer.

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