Winter Sugar Flowers & Foliage

winter wedding cake with hellebores, jasmine and berries by Emily Harmston Cakes

Gumpaste poinsettia, hellebores, snowdrops, berries and foliage – there’s no shortage of winter sugar flower ideas for the wedding cake decorator or Christmas bride.

Also known as the Christmas rose, the hellebore is a top choice for a floral winter wedding cake that encapsulates the beauty of a winter garden. Emily Harmston Cakes have designed the beautiful, botanical inspired wedding cake above dressed in hellebores, winter jasmine and berried ivy for a stylish winter garden wedding cake.

Sugarcraft expert, Norma Laver has created a video tutorial teaching how to create a beautiful gumpaste hellebore here: gumpaste hellebore tutorial (christmas rose).

You’ll also find a gumpaste jasmine flower tutorial here from Ozzie Cake Decorating as well as a jasmine leaf tutorial here from clay art blog, Thai Flower Art.

German cake designer, Martina Bliedung of Floralilie showcases the sublime beauty of tiny snowdrop flowers in her exquisite wedding cake design below, absolutely perfect for a late winter/early spring wedding.

snowdrops wedding cake by Floralilie, Germany

Wired teardrop crystals create a magical dewdrop effect amongst bunches of winter snowdrops in the pretty winter wedding cake desing below by Kathy Moore for Culpitt where you’ll find the tutorial for this cake design plus a gumpaste snowdrop tutorial.

gumpaste snowdrops cake via Culpitt

More sugarcrafted snowdrops feature in the spring woodland wedding cake design (below right, image via Pinterest), with a fabulous woodland style wedding cake by Jonathan Caleb Cake (left).

snowdrops wedding cake right via Pinterest (uncredited), spring wedding cake by Jonathan Caleb Cake left

Amy Swann draws inspiration from the first winter frost in her incredible nature-inspired wedding cake design below, featuring stems, branches and foliage sugarcrafted to perfection.

winter woodland wedding cake by Amy Swann Cakes

Gumpaste catkins make an inspired choice to adorn a winter wedding cake with Jacqueline Butler of Petalsweet’s gumpaste creations below demonstrating the paired-down elegance of this early Spring budding beauty.

gumpaste catkins by Jackqueline Butler of Petalsweet

Grey-green sprigs of eucalyptus add movement and interest to the stylish wedding cake design (below left) featuring magnificent white blooms intermingled with contemporary succulents in a design by  Arianna Lauren Cakes.

A classic winter wedding cake design of Erica O’Brien Cakes captures the rustic beauty of the festive season in a stylish grey-green palette of winter foliage and white snowberries, below right.

winter wedding cakes with grey green foliage by Arianna Lauren left, Erica O'Brien right

Sprigs of festive mistletoe, snowy pine and winter foliage are crafted into an elegant winter wreath and becomes the centrepiece of this understated christmas wedding cake design by Miso Bakes, below left (image by Sylvia G Photography). On the right, the Sugar Penguin Cakery adds just a touch of festive red to their winter white and mixed foliage wedding cake design to wonderful effect.

winter foliage and sugar flowers wedding cakes by Miso Bakes, Syliva G Photography left, Sugar Penguin Cakery right

Another winter gem from Jacqueline Butler of Petalsweet is her fabulous mistletoe spray below beautifully hand-tied with green and white striped ribbon. Jacqueline shares her gumpaste mistletoe tutorial here on The Cake Blog.

You’ll also find another beautiful gumpaste mistletoe tutorial from Shaile’s Edible Art on the Bird’s Party blog.

gumpaste mistletoe tuorial by Jacqueline Butler of Petalsweet

Sculpted chocolate flowers created from solid chocolate (as opposed to modelling chocolate) are one of the many talents of Erin Gardner of the Erin Bakes blog. Giant white chocolate blooms paired with peeling silver leaf over chocolate create a beautiful silvered winter look in this chocoholics dream wedding cake below. (#ad: Learn more on creating solid chocolate flowers in Erin’s online class here – Chocolate Flowers with Erin Gardner).

chocolate flowers by Erin Bakes with silver leafed chocolate wedding cake

Frozen flora take centre stage in another of Erin Gardner’s winter wedding cake designs below with frosted sugar flowers creating a magical winter landscape in soft, muted pastels (image by Mark Davidson Photography).

frosted winter sugar flowers by The Wild Orchid Baking Co, Mark Davidson Photography

The Caketress inspires once again with silver, glittered stamens creating alluring winter blooms nestled amongst frosted snow-laden branches from one of her classes at The Bonnie Gordon School of Confectionery.

frosted winter sugar flowers and frosted branches by The Caketress teaching at The Bonnie Gordon School

Glittered silver centres and frosted twigs bring snowy glamour to more of The Caketress’s winter sugar flowers below left, while on the right, Cotton & Crumbs create an elegant winter palette with black centred anemones, winter white roses and silver grey foliage.

winter wedding cake by Cotton and Crumbs right, winter sugar flowers by The Caketress left

More beautiful wintered blooms from The Caketress below with sparkling sugar cookies in midnight blue casting a spell of glitter and sugar.

winter sugar flowers and glitter cookies by The Caketress

A silver and white fantasy poinsettia sparkles below left from Nicholas Lodge’s latest online class for Craftsy (see ad panel at the end of this feature) and on the right, a jewelled poinsettia by Erin Gardner brings a touch of glamour to an elegant winter wedding cake.

Silver and White gumpaste poinsettia by Nicholas Lodge left, jewelled fantasy poinsettia by Erin Gardner right

A stylized red sugar flower with gold jewelled centre makes a statement winter cake accent by Couture Cakes by Rose, below.

stylized red gumpaste sugar flower by Couture Cakes by Roses Etsy shop

A lavish display of sugar floristry in seasonal red and white reaches the pinnacle of sugar flower art below with rosehip berries and briar roses created to an amazing level of botanical accuracy by La Lavande Sugar Florist.

red and white gumpaste sugar flower arrangement by La Lavande Sugar Florist

You’ll find a tutorial here for gumpaste holly from La Lavande for gumpaste holly leaves and berries tutorial.

gumpaste holly leaves and berries tutorial by La Lavande

Rambling roses in ruby red star in this vintage style christmas wedding cake with trailing ivy creating the most romantic garden look – a masterpiece of sugar flower art by Amy Swann Cakes.

red roses winter wedding cake by Amy Swann Cakes

Twisted branches add a fabulous botanical frame to this seasonal display of red and white roses, berries and greenery in a rustic chic arrangment by Shaile’s Edible Art, while on the right, Shaile’s winter white blooms and snow white berries create a chic and alluring winter wedding display.

roses and gardenia by TheSugarArtist on CC, Shaile's Edible Art right

Red poinsettia are the first to come to mind for Christmas but don’t forget poinsettia come in beautiful white varieties too – a festive and voluminous bloom to adorn a chic winter wedding cake. Learn how to create these fabulous gumpaste poinsettia below in Torte di Nadia’s picture tutorial here: gumpaste poinsettia tutorial.

You’ll also find another great gumpaste poinsettia tutorial here from Tortova.

gumpaste poinsettia tutoral by Torte di Nadia


For more detailed instruction on creating spectacular poinsettia flowers and a glittered variation, see master sugar florist Nicholas Lodge’s online class here: Winter Poinsettia class.

gumpaste poinsettia tutorial with Nicholas Lodge

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