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How to Add Petals to a Sugar Paste Flower Rose Bud

Learn how to add petals to a sugar paste flower rose bud from cake designer Amy Noelle in this Howcast cake decorating tutorial, part 4 of a 6-part series.


After I've created my rosebud, I can turn it into a full flower by adding layers of five petals each. I have two different size cutters. We're going to start with a small five petal cutter to begin with. I've rolled out my gum paste using a pasta machine and then cut out the shape. In order to create petals that are super thin, I do two things. The first is to pinch and roll the edges. The technique that I use is as if I'm snapping. I take my first finger and my thumb, and I pinch all the way around.

After I've gone around the whole entire flower, I use a ball tool. When I'm using the ball tool, I'm working just on the edge, and I like to work with my ball tool half on the edge and half off to make sure that I get nice and thin. Now I don't want to put too much ruffling into this petal. I just want to think about thinning the edges. So I'll just trace right around and then work across the petal just to thin it out and to make it a little bit wider. So I work all the way around and then roll straight across to thin it out.

After I've gone all the way around for all five petals, I'm ready to attach it to my bud. When I attach it to my bud, I pierce the wire through the center of my petal and slide all the way up to my bud. With a little paint brush I add a teeny, tiny little bit of glue. Beginner sugar flower makers tend to use too much glue, so just use a little bit of glue and just around the base of the bud. We don't want to add glue at the top because later we're going to paint these rosebuds.

Now I'm ready to put these on one at a time. I start one of my petals at one of the places where there's an overlap from the previous layer. And I'm going to attach the center right there. I want to make sure that the petal is attached higher or, at least, as high as the previous layer. I don't want to attach it so that it's lower.

I pull each petal up overlapping as I go, so my third petal goes on top of my second one, the fourth goes on top of the third. But I do want to make sure that that fifth petal, in order to continue the pattern, the fifth petal needs to get tucked underneath the first one. So as I adhere these, it goes all the way around. Each one is on top on one side of the petal and underneath on the other side of the petal. I push the gum paste into the base of my bud just to make sure that it's completely adhered. If I need to, I can go back and add a tiny bit more glue. This is the first layer of petals for my rosebud, turning it into a full flower.

I'm going to add a second layer as well. I've already ball tooled this piece to make the edges nice and thin. In the same way I'm going to pierce the wire all the way through and add a little bit of glue. Now when I work on this layer, I want to make sure again that I line the center of one of my petals up with a piece where there's an overlap so that each of the petals kind of peeks through the window between two petals from the previous layer.

I pull them up so that the petals are, at least, as tall if not a tiny bit taller than the previous layer, working all the way around. In the same way, once I get to that fifth petal, I'm going to attach it on top of my fourth one and then underneath my first one. Now I want to push it in and pinch just to make sure that everything is adhered so that the glue is sticking. It doesn't matter so much at this point whether there is a lot of frilliness, or if you see something at the very base of the petal that isn't too pretty. That's okay. We're going to cover that up with the next layer. At this point though, I want to take my flower and allow it to dry overnight before I add the last two layers of petals.

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