Sugar Paste Flowers

When challenged this month to make sugar paste flowers I decided to take the easy route. I used shop bought gum paste as my mother, who makes the most beautiful flowers, told me that unless I knew what the sugar paste was meant to feel like, I would not have great success. I used my imagination and lack of patience to create two different type of flowers. If I can make them, anyone can!

Head straight on to how to make these Sugar Paste Flowers ♥
How To Make Sugar Paste Flowers
How To Make Sugar Paste Flowers

Service and communication seem to be missing in the repertoire of shop personnel. Last year when we had load shedding our ADSL router at work would stop working due to the connection at the main box failing. I decided to get a LTE mobile data card for in case and took our modem we used to use when on holiday, to the office. Of course, as soon as I bought this, Telkom sorted out their issues and our ADSL router did not fail again. In December I decided to use this data card as I could hotspot my cell phone and that particular service provider has better LTE coverage in our suburb. I tried to enter the pin to load the data but it would not take it as the card didn’t have any airtime on it. So off I went to the shops and purchased R5 airtime. When I tried to load that onto the phone I was told the card was not provisioned. I don’t do queues very well and so didn’t manage to speak to the service provider until last Wednesday. The young lady who assisted me told me that the card I had was no longer active. She gave me a new card and told me I had to use it once a month to keep it valid. I wasn’t told this with the original card and I have data sharing on that number which hopefully hasn’t been assigned to someone else. Now I will send a text message on the 1st of each month from this card so that if we ever need to use the data, the card won’t be the issue. I cannot fathom how difficult it is to impart all of the information to customers the first time around so that they don’t end up wasting their time? Now, making these flowers won’t be a waste of time as they are so pretty to look at, and will turn an ordinary cake into something special.

Sugar Paste Flowers Sitting On My Cake
Sugar Paste Flowers Sitting On My Cake

How To Make Sugar Paste Flowers
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How To Make Sugar Paste Flowers

Sugar Paste Flowers will jazz up any ordinary cake to turn it from something plain to a show stopper!
Recipe Category: Dessert
Makes enough for: 1 bunch sugar paste flowers
All Rights Reserved: a concept from Lavender and Lime


  • Gum paste
  • Food colouring powder (the gel will change the consistency of your paste)
  • Glitter / shimmer dust
  • Heart cutter
  • Edible 'stones'
  • Edible marking pen
  • Small paper cases for petit fours and truffles
  • Stamens


  • It is important to keep your gum paste moist to work with so tear off just enough to make one flower
  • Add the colouring or shimmer powder if you want to
  • Roll out as thin as possible using a silpat

For the daisy like flowers

  • Cut 5 heart shapes using the smallest heart cutter in your collection
  • Overlap the bottom of the hearts to make a circle
  • Press the edible stone into the centre
  • Draw in the lines to make the 'stamens'
  • Press the petals up to create a daisy like flower that can stand
  • Place into a paper case and leave to dry completely

For the tulip like flowers

  • Cut 5 heart shapes using the smallest heart cutter in your collection
  • Cut each heart in half, along the length (this is enough for 2 flowers)
  • Overlap the bottom of three of thee heart halves
  • Place 3 stamens into the centre of the heart halves
  • Overlap the bottom of the two remaining heart halves
  • Now carefully fold the petals over each other and create a circle
  • Place one baking paper to dry completely

For the cake

  • If you are using fondant, use whipped egg white to glue your flowers on to the cake
  • If you are using any other type of frosting place your flowers at the last minute onto the cake as they will 'melt'

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This is my submission to the Daring Kitchen Challenge brought to us by Shillpa Bhaambri from Cakeline the Journey.

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38 thoughts on “Sugar Paste Flowers

  1. 5 stars
    You are so talented! I don’t even think with your great directions and photos I could make anything look anything like a flower. Now I totally understand the whole frustration with customer service. It is even more complicated here as it is not in English… LOL Wishing you a super day!

  2. 5 stars
    I think your mother’s advice is very sensible – learn what it’s SUPPOSED to feel like, and then you’ll know if you’re doing it right. 🙂 What a fun project!

  3. I don’t know what “poppies” or remembrance day are even… But, I do remember your lovely site… and it just keeps getting better.

  4. I must of dreamed you had written this post, I totally thought I had commented already. Oops!
    You are indeed very clever, I love the detail in the petals, and cannot wait to have a go for myself. 🙂

  5. Most needed recipe i must say. After reading your recipe i started feeling like -yuuuuhuuuuu I CAN MAKE THIS…. wish me a luck.. i am gonna try this and let you know

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