Sugar Flowers Workshop
Brings to you a simple and easy way to make amazing sugar flowers from sugar paste, also known as gum paste flowers.
If you’ve wanted to learn how to make stunning Sugar Flowers from one of the top teachers in the industry, then look no further.
Over 27 years experience in the business, selling premium wedding cakes, cake decorating, cake making and Sugarcraft design.
Also referred to as gumpaste flowers, sugar paste flowers and sugarcraft flowers have been around since at least the 17th century. Reference to them can be found in cookery books from that era. The French popularised the art in the 19th century, decorating wedding cakes and celebration cakes with their amazing sugar flower displays. The art of making sugar flowers quickly spread across Europe…
Sugar flowers the modern trend
The majority of modern celebration cakes are usually decorated with elaborate displays of sugar flowers. It was a trend that began to grow in popularity in the 1980’s and has continued to develop until this day and is still as popular as ever.
How sugar flowers are made
Sugar flowers are made from *confectioners’ sugar that has been mixed with special gum and gelatine to make a paste that, when dry, is very hard and if kept in the right conditions, will last forever.
When special gum is added to *confectioners’ sugar and made into a paste, it becomes very pliable and the resulting paste can be rolled, worked with special tools or pulled by hand until it is almost translucent and then fashioned into delicate petals and leaves.
The paste can be coloured with edible food paste to a shade that will resemble the natural flowers or to a colour that will match the theme of the celebration. Sometimes people want the sugar flowers for cakes to be all the same shade so they will match the colour scheme chosen for the occasion.
Why make sugar flowers from edible ingredients?
Most people would be devastated if someone ate their artistic creation of life-like sugar flowers and of course, most of the flowers are wired so it is not advisable to eat them. However, there is a very good reason why, when you make sugar flowers, all the ingredients used should be edible.
When you make sugar flowers for cakes, they are usually laid directly onto the cake, inserted into the cake itself or attached to the sides. Whichever way you decide to attach them, they will come into contact with the either the butter-cream or the fondant covering the cake so there is always a chance that a little of the colour or the sugar from the flowers will get on the cake. That is the reason why the sugar decorations must be totally safe and be made from ingredients that won’t harm anyone who eats the cake.
Your sugar flowers will be the centrepiece
If you have decorated a cake for a special occasion, like a wedding, and especially if you are attending the occasion yourself, can you imagine just how much your status will go up as the resident sugar artist – what a great reason to learn how to make sugar flowers.
Your first sugar flowers
Sugar roses and blossoms should be the first sugar flowers you learn how to make because they are the most requested flowers, especially for wedding cakes, and the sugarcraft flowers that make stunning displays. Once you have mastered them, they make a good foundation for you to continue your education in learning how to make sugar flowers.
*Confectioners’ sugar – also called powder sugar or icing sugar.