Mexican Hat Sugar Flowers Tutorial

Mexican hat flower tutorial part 9

A variety of small blossom cutters can be used to make different shape flowers with this mexican hat sugar blossom tutorial by Emily Lael Aumiller from her book, Pure Artistry: Extraordinary Vegan and Gluten Free Cakes. Little sugar blossoms can be a great way to add a simple accent to a cake or to fill in any empty spots when arranging larger sugar flowers and leaves.

TOOLS:

  1. For each blossom, tightly secure 5 small stamens to the top of a wire with white floral tape.Mexican hat flower tutorial part 1
  2. Create a rounded cone shape from a small piece of sugar paste.Mexican hat flower tutorial part 2
  3. Flatten the edges to resemble a hat.
  4. Dust a nonstick surface with cornstarch.
  5. Use a small silicone shaping tool to thin out the edges of the cone, rotating the cone evenly as you work.Mexican hat flower tutorial part 3
  6. Use a blossom cutter to cut the edges of the cone into a flower shape, keeping the tapered cone in the center of the cutter.
  7. Remove the excess sugar paste with your fingers.
  8. Guide the blossom out of the cutter by pushing it gently with the round side of the shaping tool.Mexican hat flower tutorial part 4
  9. Dust your hands with cornstarch. Holding the blossom in the palm of your hand, shape the petals using a small ball tool so that they are rounded and thin.Mexican hat flower tutorial part 5
  10. Dip the stamen wire into the water–corn syrup mixture.
  11. Insert the stamen wire through the center of the blossom, guiding the flower to the end of the stamens where the white floral tape begins.Mexican hat flower tutorial part 6
  12. Taper the bottom of the blossom, taking off any excess sugar paste. Insert the wire into a cake dummy and let the blossom dry for 48 hours to 1 week before continuing with the next step.Mexican hat flower tutorial part 7
  13. Once the blossoms are dry, wrap green floral tape around the tapered ends of blossoms. To assemble multiple blossoms, stagger them in bunches and wrap them with green floral tape.Mexican hat flower tutorial part 8
  14. Using a paintbrush and green powder dye, dry-dust the underside of the blossoms.Mexican hat flower tutorial part 9

(Excerpted from Pure Artistry: Extraordinary Vegan and Gluten Free Cakes © 2016 by Emily Lael Aumiller of Lael Cakes. Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.)


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