Sugarpaste roses are an attractive cake decoration that can be made at home with a little bit of practice and patience. You can make a single large bloom to decorate the centre of a cake, or make a multitude of small roses for a floral spectacle. The most time-consuming part of rose-making is the time necessary to allow pieces of the flower to dry, but the end result is more than worth the wait.
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Things you need
- Rolling pin
- Thin foam
- Waxed paper
- Rose petal cutter (2 sizes)
- Dogbone tool
- Edible glue
Shape a small piece of sugarpaste into a cone on the end of a toothpick. Allow the cone to dry for 24 hours before applying the petals. If you are making several flowers, make the cones all at once in advance so that they are all dried and ready to use at the same time.
Roll the sugar-paste out with a rolling pin to a thickness of no more than 1/8 inch and cut out three petals for the rose with a rose petal cutter.
Cover a thin piece of foam with a piece of waxed paper and place the rose petals onto the waxed paper. Use a sugarpaste dogbone tool to gently press on the edges of the petals to thin them out.
Apply an edible glue, such as Tylo glue, to the cone shape on the toothpick and tightly wrap one of the rose petals around the cone. Apply some glue to the petal around the cone. Wrap another petal around it, not quite as tightly as the first. Apply more glue and overlap the petal with another petal. Gently use your fingers to ripple the edge of the outer two petals and then allow them to firm for 30 minutes.
Repeat Steps 2 through to make another three petals for the flower.
Brush a small amount of cornstarch onto the inside of five teaspoons. Roll out the sugar paste a little thinner and use a petal cutter one size larger than the previous one used to cut out five more petals. Place the petals onto the spoons, which will make the petals take on a shape similar to actual rose petals. Let the petals firm on the spoons for approximately 30 minutes.
Apply some glue to the bottom half of one of the petals on the spoons. Press it gently against the rose bloom on the toothpick. Repeat this step for the remaining four petals and overlap them as you apply them to the rose.
Repeat Steps 6 and 7 to make a larger rose.
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