Sugar flowers add a sensational finishing touch to wedding cakes and special occasion cakes so we’ve compiled a selection of sugar flower tutorials to help you on your way to sugar flower mastery.
First up is our gumpaste rose tutorial featured above. It’s part of our Quick & Easy Sugar Flowers collection and features a speedier method for creating large gumpaste roses.
It also demonstrates a unique way of creating textured/torn petals that give a really natural look to your roses without adding any extra time to how long they take.
It’s a wired rose in that it is built on a single supporting wire but the petals do not have to be wired individually. The rose comes to about 9cm/3.5 inches when finished.
Next up is our gumpaste peony tutorial. Our method for creating closed peonies if perfect for beginners – there are no wired petals (just a central supporting wire), no drying trays, no waiting around and no tissue paper stuck to petals! So give it a try!
For more on peonies, check out Happy Cakes by Renee’s open peony tutorial here.
Below is the completed rose from our David Austin rose tutorial which demonstrates a super-fast method for creating the inner petals which are usually so time consuming.
Cottage garden style dahlia are so popular in sugar flower bouquets so check out our quickest ever method for creating these beauties in our gumpaste dahlia tutorial.
Stemmed hydrangea are one of the most versatile sugar flowers you can learn to make and make an excellent filler flower in gumpaste flower arrangements.
Ours is an all-in-one method – no need to make fiddly little centers the day before. These hydrangea can be made in one sitting so check out our wired gumpaste hydrangea tutorial here.
Gumpaste cosmos flowers make a pretty focal flower in themselves but can also lend a fabulous garden style feel to a mixed arrangement of sugar flowers, especially when blended with the more classic sugar flowers such as roses, peonies and hydrangea.
Check out our gumpaste cosmos tutorial here.
Ranuncula flowers with their tightly wrapped petals are one of nature’s most exquisite creations. Learn how to make the gumpaste variety in our quick and easy gumpaste ranuncula tutorial here.
Anemones make a chic, romantic wedding cake decoration in either black and white or soft pinks. See our gumpaste anemone tutorial here to learn how to make this quick and easy sugar flower.
Lavender is a much sought after bloom for decorating naked wedding cakes but what do you do when it’s out of season? You turn to our easy gumpaste lavender tutorial of course!
A very simple sugar flower – no wires, just five small petals – gumpaste pansies are wonderful to have on hand for decorating your home baking. Learn how to make these little wonders in our gumpaste pansy tutorial here.
A gumpaste magnolia is a truly statement sugar flower and quick and easy to make. So learn just that in our gumpaste magnolia tutorial here.
Learn how to create this exquisite English Rose below with sugar flower master artist, Naomi Yamamoto in our extract from her book, Sugar Flowers – The Signature Collection: Gumpaste English Rose Tutorial. It’s a beautiful hybrid between a rose and a peony and a wonderful one to have in your sugar flower repertoire (but it’s a little more advanced that the previous tutorials).
For a beautiful cherry blossom tutorial including how to make realistic branches, you ‘ll find instructions here from DK Designs (via the Amy Atlas blog): cherry blossom and gumpaste branch tutorial. You also find another tutorial plus lots of design inspiration in our Cherry Blossom Cakes feature.
The beautiful pink parrot tulip below is by Ciccio Cakes, with a tutorial available here: parrot tulip tutorial.
You’ll find another parrot tulip tutorial, plus other varieties of tulip, here from Kaye Hartman of Petal Crafts: Holland, Turkish and parrot tulip tutorials.
Sweet pea make a beautiful, delicate cake decoration and are easy to create as Sweet As Sugar Cakes demonstrate in the picture below.
Tarttokig have made a great tutorial for the gerbera daisy below which you’ll find here: gerbera daisy tutorial.
Freesias are a wonderfully versatile sugar flower for cake decorating – great as a feature flower or filler flower and create a beautiful trailing or overhanging effect with their long, curved stems. You’ll find a tutorial here for the pale yellow freesia below by Dusky Rose Veiners: freesia sugar flower tutorial.
Master sugar flower artist, Jacqueline Butler, shares her fabulous flower bud tutorials here. These flower buds make exquisite little filler flowers to fill in spaces in your sugar flower arrangement and give a beautiful botanical touch to your cake decorating.
Beautiful cakes adorned with fresh white lily-of-the-valley below by Peggy Porschen Cakes (below left) and by Pamela McCaffrey of Made With Love Cakes (below right).
Miso Bakes created the fabulous Spring fresh wedding cake design below and you’ll find the tutorial for the beautiful white gardenia flowers here via Cake Central: gardenia sugar flower tutorial.
Below, we have a beautiful floral corsage with a jewelled centre created with silver dragees, perfect for a vintage style wedding cake. You’ll find the tutorial here from Polka Dot Bride: floral corsage tutorial.
White orchids are an ever popular choice for bridal bouquets and to create matching white sugar orchids for the cake, you’ll find a tutorial here from Dusky Rose Veiners: phalaenopsis orchid sugar flower tutorial/ moth orchid tutorial.
You’ll find a tutorial for the cymbidium orchid variety from Petal Crafts here: cymbidium orchid sugar flower tutorial.
The beautiful pink and white clematis sugar flower below is by Dusky Rose Veiners, with the accompanying tutorial here: clematis sugar flower tutorial.
Bella Cupcakes, New Zealand have created a tutorial for their pretty and very versatile sugar blossom, below right: simple sugar flower tutorial. Below left, we have some pretty cottage garden style pansies and you’ll find our tutorial here: gumpaste pansy tutorial.
Two of the world’s leading sugar flower artists’ work is featured below – Sweden’s Lina Veber Cake below left with a beautiful lavender shade peony and on the right, some fabulous sugar lilac by Jacqueline Butler of PetalSweet.
Happy Cake by Renee have put together a beautiful lilac tutorial here: gumpaste lilac tutorial so you can get in on this sugar flower cake trend. More fabulous lilac blossoms below by the UK’s Hilary Rose Cupcakes.
Frilly carnations are a wonderful sugar flower for cake decorating, especially wedding cakes, and are often overlooked by sugarcrafters.
We have an excellent tutorial from Dusky Rose Veiners – carnation sugar flower tutorial, plus a tutorial for the very striking hibiscus sugar flower on the right in a beautiful burnt orange – hibiscus sugar flower tutorial.
You’ll also find another carnation tutorial here from Elaine McGregor.
Below, we have a terrific chrysanthemum sugar flower tutorial again from Tarttokig.
The classic red poppy below is from a tutorial by the Cake Journal which you’ll find here: poppy sugar flower tutorial.
Cake Journal also have a tutorial for a great little poppy cupcake topper here: poppy cupcake topper tutorial.
And for a beautiful blue poppy tutorial, check out Helenna Manilla’s blog on Clearly Cake.
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