How to make a Hawaiian flower cake

Updated March 23, 2017

Celebrate the magic of Hawaii with a themed flower cake. Exotic, tropical flowers like hibiscus evoke images of the islands, ideal for any luau or Hawaiian themed party. On the islands, many Hawaiian brides opt to adorn their cakes with flowers instead of traditional bride and groom toppers. Instead of fresh flowers, fashion hibiscus petals from sugar for an elegant decoration as delicious as the cake itself.

Roll yellow fondant into a thin layer less than 1/8 of an inch thick. Use a large hibiscus-shaped cookie cutter to cut out a flower shape.

Cut a red five-pointed star shape from thinly-rolled red fondant using a smaller star-shaped cookie cutter.

Thin the edges of the yellow flower by pressing them with the flat side of a spoon.

Trim the points of the star shape. When positioned in the middle of the yellow flower, the star shape should leave a visible uninterrupted border of yellow.

Draw thin, shallow lines in the petals with a toothpick. Start on the edges and work inward.

Pick up the flower and gently pinch the bottom centre. This will cause the petals to pull upward and form the flower shape.

Create stamens by dipping a piece of white thread into white glue, pulling the thread away and letting the glue dry. Insert two or three of these stamens into the centre of each flower.

Prop the flowers up in a small bowl and allow them to dry.

Mix and bake the cake mix according to recipe or package directions in a round cake pan.

Remove the cake from the pan. Allow the cake to cool.

Frost and decorate cake as desired.

Attach hibiscus flowers to the cake using a small amount of icing as glue.


If you do not have cookie cutters, cut the shapes freehand. Use a flat image of a hibiscus flower as a guide. Experiment with different flower colour combinations.


Once dry, the flowers can be easily destroyed. Make more flowers than you need so that damaged flowers can be replaced in a pinch.

Things You'll Need

  • Yellow fondant
  • Rolling pin
  • Hibiscus cookie cutter
  • Red fondant
  • Star cookie cutter
  • Spoon
  • Knife
  • Toothpick
  • White thread
  • Glue
  • Small bowls
  • Icing
  • Cake mix
  • Round cake pan
  • Frosting
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