Fondant Petunia-Like Flower

April 14, 2014 – 05:31 am

All of these items should be availabe through your local craft store, Bulk Barn (in Canada), or any number of sugar crafting websites:

1 1 lb. box of rolled fondant (I used about half of the package to make about 20 flowers and leaves)
1 food grade painting brush
1 bottle of any type of clear extract (almond, vanilla, etc.) (not pictured)
Bottles of Gel Icing Colors, in the shades of your choice, but including green for the leaves
Wilton Assorted Flower Stamens
Ball and Veiner Tool (this might be hard to find outside of a gumpaste tool set such as this one)
Rose Flower Cutting Set (such as this one)

Here's what you do:
1. From your box of fondant, break off half of the sleeve and then divide into three varying size balls- one about the size of a ping pong ball, one a little smaller than a tennis ball, and one closer to the size of a baseball. The smallest one will be colored the color of your flower center. The biggest one will be colored your main flower color and the middle one will be colored green for leaves.


To color your fondant balls, dip a toothpick in a gel coloring and knead it in, a little at a time, until you reach your desired shade (go easy- a little goes a long way with this stuff!).
2. Next, take off a piece of your biggest fondant ball. 1/8 of an inch thick. Using the biggest blossom in your rose cutting set, press firmly down into the fondant (like cutting sugar cookies) to cut shapes a few at a time (keep other fondant covered with plastic wrap or in a ziploc container, as it will dry out in time if left in the open air). Pull away the excess fondant.

If your blossom cutter does not have such well defined petals you might need to take a non-serrated knife edge and slice little slits further down towards the center. They do not have to be as well defined as mine.


3. Place the cut blossoms on a thin piece of foam (best idea) or a piece of wax paper (don't be like me and do it straight on the counter it will be harder!). Using the ball end of the veiner tool, gentle roll the tip of the ball along the edges of the blossom away from you, rotating the blossom as needed (I'm sure there are great YouTube tutorials for this step if you take a look!).
4. Take the flat edge of your veiner tool and draw three or four little lines down the body of each petal, towards the center.
5. Take out a few mini-muffin tins, or have a couple of empty egg cartons on hand. Line the cups with pieces of paper towel or napkins. lightly and push half way down into well of tin. You may push the parts of the petals that overhang the cavity down carefully towards the outsides of the tin so as to make your bloom appear more open.
6. Now repeat these steps for your remaining flower blossoms, until you have as many flowers as you like for your project.

7. When your flowers are all drying, now is the time to roll out your fondant for your flower centers. Roll it out as with the blossoms, but now cut with the very smallest blossom in your cutter set.

7. Once all your flower centers are cut out, brush some clear extract on to the backs of each one, one at a time and apply to the very center of your flowers.

8. Take out your flower stamens (these are cotton, wire, and/or plastic- not edible!). Cut each one down the middle to make two stamens. Stick three or four into each flower center.

9. Now your flower is complete! Allow to dry for at least 24 hours, but the longer the better. Once dry they will no longer be pliable- unless placed in an air tight container which will wilt them. Once dried, they will be brittle so handle them carefully.

10. Now take your green fondant and cut out all of your leaves with the leaf cutter (or any leaf cutter- mini cookie cutter leaves will work as well).

Source: mycountrymanse.blogspot.com


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