realistic sugar flowers

David Austin roses made of sugar top this tiny wedding cake.

We just love to teach students to make these very realistic sugar flowers out of a sugar medium called gumpaste. Gumpaste is a combination of powdered sugar, egg whites and a gumming agent called Tylose powder (find Tylose here). The flowers are edible but most people after using them as a cake topper or, center piece for a sweet table, keep them in vases for years and years. They also make wonderful gifts. Just remove them from the top of the cake and insert them into a small vase filled with granulated sugar to anchor them in place.

We provide students with step-by-step instructions so that they are able to recreate these beautiful pieces of very realistic sugar flowers (sugar art ) on their own. We show students the techniques to achieve thin, realistic petals and several foliage varieties. We also teach students to paint their creations with edible colors that come in various forms, such as gels, liquids and powders (flat and with luster). With the addition of petal dusts (dry colors) the gumpaste flowers spring to life.

If you would like us to make the flowers for you, for example, for your wedding cake, we will be happy to match the flower type and colors to fit your décor.

Among the most popular varieties of gumpaste flowers that we teach are roses, hydrangea, peonies, daffodils, irises, sunflowers and tulips. We also teach various orchids, berries and leaves to add color and dimension to the sugar art. We go on to teach students how to arrange the flowers and foliage.

For students that fall in love with sugar flower making, we offer lists of supplies and suppliers so that students may acquire the necessary tools to continue making flowers at home on their own.

Please contact us to set up a class. We teach weekdays, evenings and weekends. We offer lessons for beginners, intermediate and advanced sugar artists or, soon-to-be-sugar artists!