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How to Make a Calla Lily Sugar Paste Flower Center

Learn how to make a calla lily sugar paste flower center from cake designer Amy Noelle in this Howcast cake decorating tutorial, part 1 of a 3-part series.


Calla Lilies are a quick and easy sugar flower to make. They consist of a center and a single petal. Let me show you how to create the center.

The center is made from a 2-gram piece of gum paste that I've measured out and have rolled into a sausage shape. I want to insert a wire into my sausage shape. Before I do so, I've hooked the end of the wire, just to make sure that it will stay within my piece of gum paste. I'm going to dip my wire into a little bit of edible glue and brush off the extra. I insert my wire into my sausage shape and give it a roll in between my fingers. I want the shape to become about 1 1/2 " long. On my mat here, each box is 1", so it gets to be about 1 1/2 box.

When I'm ready, I'm going to dip my whole entire center into some edible glue, brush off any extra, and then roll it around into a spice mixture, so that way, it looks like pollen. When I roll it around, I can choose what spices I use. In this case, I used a little bit of nutmeg. If I wanted a lighter color, I could use some ginger or another spice, maybe even anise, if I wanted to make it darker.

Once I have this piece set, I'm going to rest it in a foam block. It needs to dry overnight for 24 hours before I can add my petal.

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