How to Paint a Sugar Paste Cherry Blossom

Learn how to paint a sugar paste cherry blossom from cake designer Amy Noelle in this Howcast cake decorating tutorial, part two of a two-part series.

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Turn a plain cake into a dazzling dessert by learning how to make sugar paste flowers. In these videos, cake designer Amy Noelle demonstrates, step-by-step, how to make roses, daisies, cherry blossoms, magnolias, tulips, peonies, orchids, and more.

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When I'm painting my cherry blossoms in order to make them realistic I use a few different colors of petal dust. What I want to do is to start with a buttercup, a nice light yellow dust. And I'm going to put a little bit onto my brush and fit my brush all the way down into the center of my cherry blossom to get a little tiny touch of color in there. Then, I want to make the edges of my blossom a nice plum color. So, when I work on the edges I just want to put my paint brush flat against the edge and work all the way around just to give the edges a little bit of a highlight, a little bit of that plum color. I can always add more color. If I want to bring that color in towards the center I can. I will just go a little bit at a time. The other thing that I do is to add a little bit of green just at the base. With a different brush I add a little bit of green just on the base of my flower so it looks like it's coming off of the stem. There's a little touch of green. Now, I can take my flower, my sugar flower, and just add it directly onto my cake just like this. But if I want to make it a little bit more interesting I can create a branch of these blossoms. To do so I'll take a very thick, long wire and a little bit of floral tape. Floral tape gets sticky when you stretch it, so make sure that you stretch it. And I can start to attach my flowers to my vine. I'm just going to wrap around a little tiny bit, fold over my floral tape, and press the tape to itself. Floral tape pretty much just sticks to itself and not to anything else, so make sure to stick it to itself. Then I can turn the wire and press the tape. And I can add leaves. And I can continue to add more little cherry blossoms, as many as I want to go all the way down the length of my wire, as many as I need to create a nice, beautiful, flowing effect onto a cake.

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  • Amy Noelle

    Amy Noelle never envisioned herself founding one of New York’s most innovative food businesses or seeing her creation featured in The New York Times or working with Martha Stewart Weddings. The baker was no stranger to accomplishment: She’d been one of the country’s most fiercely competitive — and highly awarded — baton twirlers. After college, she became an actuary, then a math teacher. Now, Amy and her staff have baked hundreds of wedding cakes and counting, in between leading lively sugar flower and cake-making classes in the cake studio and via online video learning sessions.