July 20, 2010

Fondant Dahlia Tutorial

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:
foam
vodka or gumpaste glue
paint brush
colored fondant
rolling pin with 1/8" rings
2" circle cutter
wax paper
rolling mat

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
Last row
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

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11 comments:

Roberta said...

Hi Stephanie,
I just happened upon your blog and am very impressed. You do an awesome job! I love the tutorials. You have a new reader for sure!

Great work
Roberta

SUNFLOWERS8 said...

Bravissima! Non credo di essere capace di ricreare questo fiore meraviglioso anche se con i tuoi tutorials è impossibile sbagliare ^_^
Buona giornata
Sonia

Kristan said...

Stumbled across your blog from A Decorated Cookie and I love it!! You are so super talented...I'm a new follower!!

amanda said...

Thank you for this tutorial. I made these with my sister for cupcake flower pots. So easy and fun to do. I love reading your posts!

www.sweetcreationsbystephanie.com said...

So glad it helped Amanda!

Anonymous said...

Great tutorial! Very inspirational!

Anonymous said...

Thank you.. I need to make these for an upcoming cake, cant wait to make them !

natylek said...

Thats some gorgeous flower. thank you soo soo much for the tutorial

Bek said...

This tutorial is great, I want to make these on a smaller scale. About 1 inch in diameter, how would I do this?

Thanks in advance,
Rebecca Flint.

www.sweetcreationsbystephanie.com said...

You would need to find a smaller petal cutter. I haven't seen one. Maybe look in the clay section at Michaels or Hobby Lobby, etc.

Steph

Samantha said...

Thank you so much for giving such great steps to follow! Quick question; I'm super new at working with fondant. I plan on making orange dahlia's, but I'd like the edges in yellow (like this: http://www.wagnerphotoart.com/images-2011/dahlias/OrangeDD0006.jpg). Is this a possibility, and if so, how can I do it?

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