Now all your kiddos, and even Dad, can have a flower too!
If all the kids at your preschooler's birthday party end up fighting over who gets the icing flowers on the cake, diffuse the kiddie squabble ahead of time by making your own beautiful fondant flowers at home. These flowers are simple enough for novice cake decorators, so even if you're pressed for time you'll be able to present every one of your little party guests with a tasty, floral cake decoration. Now nobody will feel left out, and you can always make a few extra for the birthday gal so she feels extra special on her day.
1Roll out your fondant until it's no more than 1/8 inch thick -- a little bit thinner is just fine. If you're starting with white fondant and you'd like to color it, mix in a little bit of food coloring gel with a toothpick first and then roll out the fondant.
2Cut six petal shapes from the fondant with a petal-shaped fondant or cookie cutter. Transfer each one of these onto a piece of 1/2-inch foam padding. Working with fondant on a cushioned surface like the foam helps to create more natural looking shapes than working on a firm surface. If you don't have foam padding, layer six to eight paper towels on top of each other and then lay a piece of wax paper over top. Now you have a cushioned surface for petal shaping.
3Press down gently on each petal with the fondant ball tool to create some natural contours. Press down with slightly more pressure as you near the outside of the petals to make thin, fine edges.
4Spread a little bit of edible glue along the bottom portion of one petal. It's easy to recognize the difference between the top and bottom of a petal; the bottom portion of a petal should have a rounded edge, while the tip should be slightly pointed. If you don't have any edible glue handy, moisten the fondant with a little bit of water instead.
5Lift up another petal gently and place it on the first, so the bottom half of this petal overlaps half of the bottom of the first -- think of fanning out a handful of playing cards, with one overlapping the next. You will be forming a circle of petals, so the overlapping petals will start to resemble a pinwheel formation.
6Spread some fondant glue over the bottom half of the top petal. Pick up another petal and arrange it over top of the glue in the same manner as the first. Spread the glue on this petal and place another on top. Continue until your petals form a complete circle.
7Roll a small ball of a different color fondant. The ball is only about 1/4 inch in diameter. Press the ball gently to squish it into a circle shape, spread fondant glue on one side and press it into the center of the flower. Allow the fondant to dry overnight.
Things You'll Need
- Rolling pin
- Food coloring gel (optional)
- Toothpick (optional)
- Petal-shaped fondant or cookie cutter
- 1/2-inch foam padding
- Fondant ball tool
- Edible glue