Most cake decorators start out with making simple buttercream frosting. But some of us jumped right into fondant and then had challenges with how to make fondant flowers.
It’s a good thing that we experienced all the challenges along the way because now we’ll be able to help you. There are many bases to cover when talking about how to make fondant flowers. However it is not possible to cover them all in this piece but we’ll help as much as we can.
Methods of Making Fondant Flowers
There are various methods of making fondant flowers. Some are painstaking while others are relatively easy. Each method has its pros and cons. We may not be able to elaborate on them but we’ll show you how to make the flowers and you decipher the pros and cons.
How to Make Fondant Flowers Without Tools
There are so many flowers that can be made without tools. It depends on the creativity and dexterity of the decorator. We would not be able to go into details for individual flowers but the accompanying video would help a great deal.
Working With Tools
Making fondant flowers is a “genre” of cake decoration that’s vast. The tools that are required for this is as vast as the category. There is no way a beginner would be able to acquire all the fondant flower tools that are available.
That said, there are some fondant flower tools that are basic. We have discussed these tools in a previous post. Click here to read this article for more information on these tools.
Furthermore, you can check out the video below to see how to use some of these tools.
Working with Molds
Another way of making fondant flowers is using molds. The end results may not be as detailed and lifelike as those made with tools. However, they are the fastest means of churning out fondant flowers.
Fondant flower molds come in different shapes and sizes and they are a treasure to have.Click here to read our archived article on gum paste molds. It would help you know what to look out for in a good mold.
You would do yourself a world of good to pick up a few of these molds; they would really come in handy.
Let’s leave you with this video that would give you some pointers on how to use fondant flower molds.
How To Make Fondant Flowers – FAQs
How Do You Make Easy Fondant Flowers?
The easiest way of making fondant flowers is to use molds. With a fondant mold, you can churn out several fondant flowers at once.
Here are simple steps to follow:-
(i) Dust your mold lightly with cornstarch
(ii) Cut little pieces of fondant and press them into the flower molds; make sure that the fondant reaches into every crevice in the mold so as to catch all the details of the flower.
(iii) Ensure that you level the fondant properly so that there would be no ugly bulges when you turn out the flower.
(iv) Turn out the flower and keep in a safe place or place immediately on your cake.
Can I Use Fondant To Make Flowers?
Fondant can be used to make flowers. Note however that the flowers that would be best to be made with fondant are the ones that would lay flat on a cake or baked treat. Flowers that need to stand tall on a cake or that have multiple petals need a paste such as gumpaste that is more elastic and flexible than fondant.
If you already have fondant and do not want to make gumpaste from scratch, you can just add some tylose powder or CMC to the fondant. This would increase the elasticity and flexibility of the fondant. Then you would be able to roll it out as thin as possible for life-like multi-petal flowers.
Is It Better To Make Or Buy Fondant?
The issue as to whether to make or buy fondant is a matter of personal preference. If you are not on a budget and can afford to buy as much fondant as you need for a project, then it is actually a better option. This is because in our opinion, store bought fondant would save you some time and energy. Secondly, you wouldn’t have to do any trial and error with any recipe.
Conversely, making fondant from scratch is cost effective and you can get to experiment with different recipes. A personalized fondant recipe can be beneficial especially for folks with extreme weather conditions (we say this from experience).
In conclusion, whether store bought or from scratch, well-made fondant would get the job done; so none is better than the other.
How Do You Shape Fondant Flowers?
You can shape fondant flowers by placing them on a Cel –pad, then you use a ball tool and friller to shape them. Then after that, you place the flowers on a tool or material that would help them retain that shape.
For example, when you make flowers that require to remain in a cup-like shape, you place the flowers in a tool called flower formers. There are also flower formers that allow your leaves to dry in a life-like flow.
Additionally, you can use a flower rack (dryer) to enable roses and other similar flowers to retain their shapes while drying.
Finally, refer to our article on sugar flowers for more details.
How Far In Advance Can You Make Fondant Flowers?
You can make your fondant flowers as close as 24 hours in advance or as far as a month. The only condition for making your fondant flowers well in advance is ensuring that you store it well.
Check out our article on how to store fondant decorations for more insight on the merits of making your fondant flowers in advance.