How to create daffodils with icing

Updated April 17, 2017

When daffodils begin to raise their brightly-coloured, trumpet-shaped heads, it's a sure sign that spring is on its way, even if the weather still feels wintry and cold. Vases of daffodils and daffodil-shaped decorations can help to brighten up your home in time for Easter celebrations. A large sponge cake, or an array of cup cakes that you have decorated with daffodil-shaped sugar paste flowers would make a charming centre-piece for your Easter table.

Roll out yellow-coloured sugar paste to a thickness of around 2mm (1/10 of an inch) using a rolling pin. Sprinkle a little cornstarch onto the sugar paste if it becomes too sticky.

Press a flower-shaped biscuit cutter that has six petal shapes onto the rolled-out sugar paste. Cut around the biscuit cutter using a small, sharp knife to release the sugar paste flower shape.

Create more realistic-looking daffodil petals by using the knife to mark little lines over the surface of the sugar paste flower. Place the sugar paste flower into the gently-curved compartment of a small, shallow bun tray.

Roll a small ball of sugar paste between your palms to form teardrop shape. Use a clean, small and blunt utensil, such as the end of a small wooden spoon, to gauge a hole in the widest end of the sugar paste teardrop. Gradually widen the hole, and pinch and flatten the edge of the teardrop until it resembles a daffodil trumpet shape.

Dab edible glue onto the centre of the sugar paste daffodil base using a small, clean brush, such as a clean paintbrush. Gently press the sugar paste daffodil trumpet onto the edible glue. Repeat steps 2 to 5 using the remaining sugar paste. Leave the sugar paste daffodil flowers to dry overnight before use.

Things You'll Need

  • Ready-made sugar paste
  • Rolling pin
  • Cornstarch
  • Biscuit cutter
  • Knife
  • Bun tray
  • Wooden spoon
  • Edible glue
  • Paintbrush
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Mother of three and graduate of the London Metropolitan University, Julie Vickers is an early years teacher and writer who also loves to craft and create! She writes on topics such as education, health and parenting for websites such as School Explained and has contributed learning sessions on child development and behavior for the Education Information and Learning Services website.