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How to Make Sugar Flowers

Adding sugar-paste flowers can take your next homemade cake or pastry from ordinary to very special. Learn how to make them using a few simple tools.


  • Step 1: Use a small paintbrush and food-grade paint to paint details on your flowers or brush them with food dusting powder to give them luster.
  • TIP: If you want to attach flowers to each other, use more melted sugar to glue pieces together.
  • TIP: You can attach silver or pearl centers to your flowers with a drop of royal icing.
  • Step 2: Allow the flowers to cool and dry. Arrange them along the surface of your cake to give it a beautiful garden look.
  • FACT: A piece of Princess Diana and Prince Charles' wedding cake was saved for 27 years by a former royal servant. The slice was sold at auction in 2008 for $1,830.
  • Step 3: Push the edge of the flower away from the mold to pop the flower out. Repeat the process until you have the number of flowers that you want.
  • Step 4: Place the coated mold, sugar side down, on a nonstick baking sheet to cool for 3 minutes.
  • Step 5: Pour the caramelized sugar into a heat-proof glass bowl.
  • Step 6: Mix the sugar and corn syrup in a saucepan and bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir the mixture so it doesn't burn. Test the temperature with a candy thermometer until it reaches 320 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • TIP: If you don't have heat-proof countertops, place a pot holder under the bowl to avoid scorching your counters.
  • Step 7: Add a few drops of any food coloring to the bowl and mix it in with a silicone spatula until it's completely blended.
  • Step 8: Dip the flower mold into the bowl of hot sugar to coat.
  • Step 9: Wash the molds and dry them completely. Then place them in the freezer to chill for at least 10 minutes.

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