- Melody @ Sweet and Saucy Shop
- 9 years ago
After teaching my cupcake class a few weeks ago, a lot of people wanted to know how I made flower cupcakes without a pastry tip, so I thought I would share my “secret” techniques with you lovely, PRO readers. I took a lot of photos of the process so that you would be able to “see” the process instead of just reading about how to do it. So let’s begin!
First, you need a plastic disposable pastry bag. Then you need to cut the pastry bag straight across. The higher up you cut the bag the wider the petal will be, so just play around and try cutting it at different heights. I would roughly recommend cutting it about 1″-1 1/2″ up.
Then you need to cut a triangle or bird’s beak shape out of the bag. Start at one end and cut up to the center of the bag…about 1/2″ up. Then make the same cut on the opposite side of the bag. Now you have created a bird’s beak.
Now, you fill the pastry bag with a swiss, french, or italian style buttercream that you have colored to the shade you want your petals. Next, you need to cover the base of the cupcake with frosting. You can color it green if you want the flower to look like it’s sitting on grass -completely your preference. Once the base is covered, you need to position you pastry bag on the cupcake so that the tip is like an open bird’s beak (the seam line should be up and down, not side-to-side when piping).
Pipe the petals by putting pressure on the bag while slowly pulling away. Then, when you get to the end of the petal stop putting pressure and pull the bag away quickly. This will give you the pointed tip at the end of the petal.
Now remember, practice makes perfect so don’t expect perfect petals your first time around! You can pipe as many petals as you want around the base.
Now, you pipe on a second layer of petals on top of your first layer.
Then, you can color some of the buttercream a different color and use it to pipe the middle of the flower. You can use a small round tip for this or just cut off a small tip of the plastic pastry bag -both will work.
One tip about the petals: to achieve a smooth petal that doesn’t have tons of air pockets you need to make sure and mix the buttercream well, before using. You don’t want to whip it to make more air bubbles, but rather smooth it out with a spatula or spoon.
Here are also a couple more photos of flowers that I have done in the past. To make the ladybug you just color the buttercream red and black and fill pastry bags with #2 tips. Pipe a red dot or body first. Then pipe a smaller black dot at the top of the larger dot to make the head. Next, pipe a line of black from the head to the bottom of the body. Lastly, pipe on some small dots of black for the ladybug spots.
I made these for Christmas time to look like poinsettias.
You can also use this tip to make large leaves for a flower. Of course stores also have pastry tips for this, but if you don’t have one you can use this technique.
So to start off making these flower decorations you need to mix together 50% fondant and 50% gumpaste. The fondant helps with the smoothness and the gumpaste helps you to be able to roll out the dough very thin, and it also allows the dough to harden quicker.
Then you can color the dough any color you would like. Next roll the dough out on a flat surface with a little cornstarch to prevent sticking. You need to roll it out very thin so that you have nice, delicate petals -about 1/8″-1/16″. Then, instead of using a petal cutter you can free hand some petals of your own. Just use a sharp small knife or an exacto knife and cut out some teardrop shapes about 3/4″-1″ tall.
Next, you need to take each petal and use a balling tool to thin out the edges of the petals and give them a more realistic shape. You do this by placing the petal on a soft surface and gently rubbing the tool back and forth. (As you might notice in my pictures I didn’t have my balling tool with me, but this tool did the same job basically.) If you don’t have this tool try using the back of a spoon to achieve the same effect.
Now you need to continue doing this to all five petals for the base layer. Place some plastic wrap or paper towels on a concave surface, like a tiny bowl, to create the forming shape for the petals. Lay each petal down, overlapping slightly and adhering them to one another with a dab of water. You can also use the aide of tiny pieces of paper towel or plastic wrap to help create the dips and curves of the petals while they are drying.
After the five base petals are down, cut some more and thin them out too. Then place the next row of flowers on top. You can use your judgment with how many petals to add, but always do it in odd numbers…it makes the flower look more realistic. Again, use the aide of paper towels or plastic wrap to help give your flower realistic curves with it is drying.
To finish off the flower, cut a small round circle out and thin it out just as you would a petal. Place it in the center of your flower and as always adhere it with a little water. Now let you flower dry until it is completely hard -a couple hours or overnight.
Once the flower dried I used different colors of luster dust to give it a more realistic look and because I like the shiny look of it. Just dust on the luster or petal dust however you want, but be minimal…you can always add more, but you can’t take it off. I then tried two different centers -for one center I brushed yellow luster dust and then added one single pink dragee. For the other center, I put one sugar pearl and added more yellow luster dust to make it look like it had pollen on it.
Now just place your flower decoration on top of a cute cupcake and enjoy your beautiful creation!
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