With the latest flower I molded out of fondant and gumpaste, it was both.
I love the look of that big peony on a cake and knew that was exactly what I wanted for an upcoming styled shoot I have. After searching online for how to make one, most people said they used “peony cutters.” Okay, let me get some of those… $18.00? Ugh, no thanks. Next online search, “Peonies without peony cutters.”
Ding, ding, ding! I found this blog post: How to Make a Gumpaste Peony Without a Peony Cutter
And with just a few quick cuts with the ruffled heart cookie cutter, I had this:
So where’s the “lose some” you ask? That flower was actually the second one I made. Oh man, you should see the first one. Actually, you probably shouldn’t, but I’ll show you what not to do in hopes you can avoid all that wasted time and effort.
- Do not roll out your fondant/gumpaste too thick.
- Do not under-ruffle (technical term) the edges.
If you manage to do these two things I told you not to do, you will have this:
It’s hard to believe these two flowers were created using the same tools.
I get sad every time I look at that photo.
I can’t wait to try (and mess up) some other new flowers in the future!