Gumpaste Foliage & Tutorials

sugar foliage sugar flowers cakes by Torta di Nadia, Sabrina Pierantozzi Photography

Sugar foliage is often overlooked when creating beautiful floral cake designs but this is set to change with foliage taking centre stage in the lavish new botanical sugar flower cake designs of top cake designers.

Torta di Nadia, Italy is one of the designers leading the way with two exquisite floral creations above (images by Sabrina Pierantozzi Photography).

Sugar lilac, lisianthus and freesia sugar flowers are paired with lush, verdant sugar foliage in a lavish English garden cake deisgn below by Hilary Rose Cupcakes.

sugar foliage, lilac, lisianthus, freesia sugar flowers by Hilary Rose Cupcakes

Below, we have a selection of tutorials on creating gumpaste leaves and sugar foliage:

A sumptuous sugar flower display enhanced with sugar foliage creates a luxe, botancial wedding cake design below by Rosalind Miller Cakes.

sugar foliage and sugar flowers wedding cake by Rosalind Miller

Artistically placed gumpaste foliage adds a beautiful structural element to the sugar flower arrangements below by The Vagabond Baker (left) and via Pinterest (right).

sugar foliage cakes by The Vagabond Baker left and via Pinterest right

Swedish designer, Lina Veber Cake makes beautiful use of sugar foliage in her chic cake designs including her fresh, white magnolia cake below.

sugar foliage and cake by Lina Veber

Gumpaste foliage is a specialty of Shaile’s Edible Art including the beautifully coloured selection below left. On the right, white sugar flowers are lifted with an array of beautiful foliage (image by Millie Holloman Photography.

gumpaste foliage on Shaile's Edible Art left, image right by Millie Hollmann Photography

Delicately shaded leaves and stems add a wonderful element to the elegant designs below by Sugar Couture Cupcakes (left) & Caroline’s Celebration Cakes (right, crafted in cold porcelain).

gumpaste foliage and cakes by Sugar Couture Cupcakes left & Caroline's Celebration Cakes right

Glorious, trailing vines make a fabulous design motif in this outstanding garden style wedding cake below by Lori Hutchinson of  The Caketress. (See our ad panel below for the Craftsy class by Lori Hutchinson in which Lori teaches how to paint trailing vines on fondant).

sugar foliage and flowers wedding cake by The Caketress

Traditional English roses are given a beautiful cottage garden feel with the addition of soft green foliage in a very pretty wedding cake design by Nice Icing, UK.

sugar foliage, cake by Nice Icing UK

No feature on sugar foliage would be complete without the designs of Amy Swann Cakes, one of the leading proponents of sugar foliage in cake decorating.  Below, a luxe single tier celebration cake with a magical selection of English cottage garden flowers.

sugar flowers and sugar foliage cake by Amy Swann

Amy’s designs capture the beauty of the natural world pefectly, recognizing the true beauty of delicate foliage and the natural quality it adds to sugar flowers.

trailing sugar foliage by Amy Swann Cakes

T Bakes, Portugal have incorporated foliage beautifully in their peach and white ruffled design below for a natural, garden style wedding cake, perfect for a summer wedding.

sugar foliage, cake by T Bakes

Another exquisite design from Amy Swann Cakes below – a beautiful floral garland inspired by English meadow flowers.

gumpaste foliage and flowers by Amy Swann Cakes

Fabulous colouring and shading gives an incredibly real touch to the beautiful sugar floristy and foliage below by Shaile’s Edible Art.

sugar foliage, sugar leaves by Shaile's Edible Art

The addition of some simple gooseberry coloured rose leaves and stems adds a true garden feel to the pretty sugar flower compositions below by Peggy Porschen. (You’ll find the full instructions to create these flowers and foliage in Peggy’s latest book: Cakes in Bloom -Exquisite Sugarcraft Flowers for All Occasions).

sugar foliage and flowers by Peggy Porschen, image by Georgia Glynn Smith


Caketress tutorial

For more on creating sugar foliage, vines and arrangements, check out sugar floristry expert, Alan Dunn’s latest class available on Craftsy: Tropical Sugar Flowers (w/ Alan Dunn).

sugar foliage and flowers tutorial by Alan Dunn on Craftsy

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