I made these for a wedding last September. My cousin is getting married on 8/7 and asked me to make 1/2 the cupcakes with dahlias on top. I've been working on them each night after work hoping to make 10-15 a night so I will be done with them in a week. I store them in Sterilite containers that I found at Target. I will be transporting all my fondant flowers, cupcakes & frosting to the wedding location, 7 hours north and decorating them there. I'm afraid finished cupcakes would not do very well traveling that far with the weight of the fondnat on top of buttercream.
You will need:
vodka or gumpaste glue
rolling pin with 1/8" rings
2" circle cutter
First roll your fondant out 1/8" thick
Cut a circle out
Place the circle on piece of wax paper
Brush the circle with vodka or gumpaste glue on the outside edge
Cut 28 large petals out
Lay the petals on your foam
Dust the petals with cornstarch & powder sugar to prevent sticking
Using the baller thin the petals
Start attaching the petals to the outer edge
Continue until you have 1 row around, 10 petals around
Brush vodka or gumpaste glue on the tips of the petals for your next row
Squeeze the tip of the petal
Lay the 2nd row petal on top of the 1st one, overlapping less 1/8"
Continue until the 2nd row is complete, 8 petals around
Brush center with vodka or gumpaste glue
attach next row of petals 1/8" in from the 2nd row
continue until you have petals all around, 6 petals
Bush with vodka or gumpaste glue
Cut out 8 medium size petals
Dust with cornstarch & powder sugar
Use your baller & think the medium petals
add a little vodka or gumpate glue
Pinch the petal tip and attach the 4th row petals, 5 petals
brush with vodka or gumpaste glue
add the 5th row petal until you have 5 petals around
Add 2 more petals to the center
Last petal, brush a little vodka or gumpaste glue
squeeze the petal like this
Place the petal in the middle like this
Using a sharp object or knife, press down in the middle to attach
Notice the curcle under the wax paper? I made that so I make sure to keep all my petals inside the circle..so they are uniform in size when I am done.
and you are done!
when I am done with 100 dahlias I will show you how I apply dye to give them a little more color.
If you have questions, please email me and I'll help you