How-to: Make a fondant rose

February 14, 2011 at 10:21 AM | Posted in how-to | 11 Comments
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This how-to is brought you by the letter V and the number 14.

(Sorry I think I’ve been watching too much Sesame Street with my nieces. haha)

When you think of Valentine’s Day what comes to mind? The color red, roses, hearts, I love you… Now me? I’m a sucker for roses. When I got married I wanted roses everywhere. So I thought a rose tutorial would be appropriate to celebrate Valentine’s Day with my readers.

Now before you start telling me that you don’t have the skills to make anything from fondant, I’m here to tell you PSSSHAAHHH! My tutorial is really simple. It doesn’t require fancy equipment or previous fondant knowledge like some other rose tutorials. Trust me. If I can teach my husband. I can teach you.


Here’s what you’ll need:

ziplock bag
red fondant*

* You can find pre-made fondant at Michaels, Joanns or your local cake supply store. If you are feeling ambitious you can make your own fondant! I’m partial to red roses but if you like yellow roses (like my MIL), white roses, pink roses, feel free to use whatever color fondant you want.

That’s it!

Let’s begin. (Please ignore my hideous nails. I am desperately in need of a mani.)

Pinch off 7 balls of red fondant all about the same size. The bigger the balls, the bigger the rose. (LOL. I’m so immature!) Roll one of the balls into a cylinder. Fold a corner of the ziplock bag down over the cylinder.

Using your index finger gently flatten the cylinder. Start at one end of the flat cylinder and roll one end towards the other end.

This forms the central bud of the rose. Set aside. To make each petal, fold a corner of the ziplock bag down over one of the fondant balls.

Using your index finger, gently flatten the ball into a circle. Don’t worry if the edges look cracked. I think it makes the rose look more realistic IMO. But if you are a perfectionist and need perfect petals, use your index finger to flatten the petal slowly. The faster you flatten the more likely to get cracks. Fold the “petal” around the central bud.

You can sculpt the “petal” by pushing down on the tips to make it look more 3 dimensional. Repeat the “petal” step for the next 5 petals.

Alternate the petals around the central bud as you add more petals. You can add as many or as little petals as you like depending on how big you want the rose to be.

As you sculpt the rose you may create an elongated stem.

You can either keep it or pinch it off. I tend to pinch the excess off so it’s easier to place on top of a cupcake. Leave the finished roses in a cool dry place for a few hours or overnight to firm up. TADA! And you thought roses were hard.

XOXOs to all my cupcake monsters

“All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt!” ~Lucy Van Pelt
via Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz


Midterm cake+roses

February 18, 2008 at 3:36 PM | Posted in non-cupcake, wilton | 39 Comments

I am currently in Course 3 – Fondant and Tiered Cakes – and I usually have a final exam cake at the end of every Wilton course but in this course we had a “midterm” cake of sorts. It’s practice for the final exam cake.

Fondant Bow Cake

I think it turned out uber cute! I love that tiffany blue color. (Sorry all my pink ladies… I decided to go blue vs the pink example. hehe) I could totally see “gift” cupcakes! Wouldn’t those be adorable? Hmm… T’s day is in a couple weeks. I bet he’d love red velvet gifts. :)

Even though I think fondant tastes yucky (jury is still out on the marshmallow fondant as a tastier alternative b/c I haven’t tried it yet), I love decorating with it! It’s so fun to sculpt and create 3d images with fondant compared to buttercream or royal icing IMO.

Also for your viewing pleasure… my fondant roses.

rosebud, medium rose and full rose

I was thinking maybe I could do a how-to video on the fondant rose. Would anyone be interested?

Edible play dough

January 11, 2008 at 7:02 AM | Posted in cupcakes, decor | 11 Comments

Fondant is like edible play dough for cupcake-ers…

The first time I was introduced to fondant was while planning my wedding, but let’s just say that I wasn’t a fan of the taste (I think I spit it out!) so we went with buttercream instead for the big day. Now that I am on the other side, the baking one, I can see the versatility of fondant with making some truly amazing edible artwork. I could stare in awe all day at the pictures I’ve found online. I knew that eventually someday I wanted to get my hands “dirty” and join the fun.

I always peruse the cake decorating aisle at my local Michael’s craft store. Last weekend I did a double take and 3 steps back as I was just passing a box of pre-made 4 pastel colored fondant. I figured why not? and took it home with me. Its been sitting in my kitchen pantry, wedged between my cookie cutters and a variety of sprinkles, taunting me to come play. Well… today was the day.

Its nothing too complicated – just a round cookie cutter and alphabet letters but I think they came out pretty cute for my first time! Don’t you think?

Obviously these are for my good friend, NB. Her favorite color is pink and I am pretty sure pink and green were her wedding colors but… don’t quote me on that! I wanted to make her a special cupcake b/c she encourages all my crazy food related projects with her beautiful sarcasm, wit and advice.  She is the queen of peer pressure and likes to drunk text me on occasion but I wouldn’t have it any other way.  Everyone should be so lucky to have a friend like her.  ::cheese::

… and off they go to their new home.

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