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Simple Floral Birthday Cake Tutorial
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Simple Floral Birthday Cake Tutorial

by Jaqui
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This gorgeous floral birthday cake is extremely easy to make and is perfect for a birthday! You can customise this cake for the appropriate age or use specific colours to fit in with a theme. Using finishing touches such as satin ribbon will tie the cake together and give it a professional finish. Pop some candles in to match with the design and you've got yourself a beautiful, yet simple, floral birthday cake!

you will need...

  • 8" Square Cake
  • 12" Square Cake Drum
  • Frosted Leaf Sugarpaste
  • Light Pink Sugarpaste
  • Baby Blue Sugarpaste
  • Rolling Pin
  • Small Poinsetta Cutter
  • Small Petunia Cutter
  • Blossom Plunger Cutter Set
  • Foam Drying Tray
  • White Cake Dragees
  • White Non-Parelis
  • Apple Blossom Sugar Flowers
  • Mixed Small Blossom Flowers
  • Edible Glue
  • 23mm Pink Satin Ribbon
  • 15mm Pink Satin Ribbon
  • 6mm White Satin Ribbon

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you will need...

Ready Made Vanilla Sponge Cake - 8
Ready Made Vanilla Sponge Cake - 8" Sq
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£12.10
5
5" Square Cake Drum / Board
buy
£1.08
Squires Kitchen Sugarpaste 250g - Frosted Leaf
Squires Kitchen Sugarpaste 250g - Frosted Leaf
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£1.99
Culpitt Light Pink Sugarpaste 250g
Culpitt Light Pink Sugarpaste 250g
buy
£1.59
Renshaws Regalice Baby Blue Sugarpaste 250g
Renshaws Regalice Baby Blue Sugarpaste 250g
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£1.39
Non Stick 12
Non Stick 12" Rolling Pin
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£16.79
PME Calyx / Poinsetta Cutter Set of 3
PME Calyx / Poinsetta Cutter Set of 3
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£6.12
Small Flower Cutter Set x 5
Small Flower Cutter Set x 5
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£4.85
Tala Blossom Plunger Cutter Set
Tala Blossom Plunger Cutter Set
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£4.78
Foam Drying Tray
Foam Drying Tray
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£3.94
Snow White Cake Dragees
Snow White Cake Dragees
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£3.99
White Non - Pareils
White Non - Pareils
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£1.99
Apple Blossoms x 20
Apple Blossoms x 20
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£1.29
Mixed Small Blossom Flowers x 50
Mixed Small Blossom Flowers x 50
buy
£3.99
Edible Glue Tube
Edible Glue Tube
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£2.36
Coffee Double Satin Ribbon - 23mm (width)
Coffee Double Satin Ribbon - 23mm (width)
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£0.48
Coffee Double Satin Ribbon - 15mm (width)
Coffee Double Satin Ribbon - 15mm (width)
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£0.36
White Double Satin Ribbon - 6mm (width)
White Double Satin Ribbon - 6mm (width)
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£0.24

instructions

Before you begin you'll need to have made a round or square sponge cake (any flavour) and covered this in white sugarpaste. See our how to guide for help on covering a cake with sugarpaste. You'll also need to have covered a round or square cake drum (depending on the shape of your cake) with white sugarpaste. Here we have used an 8" square cake with a 12" square cake drum.

Making The Sugar Flowers

1. Aside from the flowers you're going to make, you will also need to purchase some 'Mixed Small Blossom Flowers x 50' and some 'Apple Blossoms x 20' to complete this design. Unless you intend to make every single sugar flower yourself (which could take a while), we recommend buying these (and you could even use any left over sugar flowers on some matching cupcakes!)

2. The flowers you are going to make will be bigger than the purchased ones, which is exactly why you need them! Using bigger flowers will add variation to the floral design and generally looks a lot nicer than using lots of the same small sugar flowers. So, the first thing you need to do is take some of your 'Frosted Leaf' sugarpaste and roll this out to approximately 1mm thick.

3. Using a small petunia cutter, cut out lots of small flower shapes from the Frosted Leaf sugarpaste.

4. You can also at this point roll out some more frosted leaf sugarpaste (or whatever colour you like) to roughly 2mm thick and use your small blossom plunger cutter to create several small blossom shapes.

5. Using another colour of sugarpaste (here we've gone for baby pink), use a large blossom cutter to make lots of lovely blossom flowers. Roll your sugarpaste out to roughly 2mm thick before cutting out the flowers.

6. The last flower you're going to make is a poinsetta. Using a small poinsetta flower cutter, create lots of flowers out of some baby blue sugarpaste. The sugarpaste should be rolled out to approximately 1mm thick.

Decorating The Flowers

7. Put the smallest blossom flowers to one side and lay the rest of the flowers on a foam drying tray.

8. Dab a little edible glue in the centre of each flower (and you really do only need a little). Use a mixture of white dragees and non-parelis to decorate the centre of each flower.

9. Once decorated, leave the flowers to dry, preferably overnight before using on your cake. This will ensure the sugarpaste dries out a little, which means the flowers will retain their shape.

10. Turn your attention to the small blossom flowers you created earlier. Dab a little edible glue in the centre of each one and place a white dragee onto this as decoration.

11. Once they have dried, you'll have a beautiful mixture of gorgeous sugar flowers waiting to be added to your cake!

12. Place each sugar flower one by one onto the cake in a suitable pattern. Here we have made a 70th birthday cake, but you can of course adapt this to the appropriate age for your cake. Use a little edible glue to stick each sugar flower to the cake. Keep some of the flowers aside for later use.

Finishing Touches

13. To give your cake a professional finish, use a selection of beautiful satin ribbon and wrap this around the base of your cake and your cake drum. We have used a pink 23mm satin ribbon and a white 6mm satin ribbon around the base of the cake, and a 15mm matching pink satin ribbon around the edge of the drum.

14. Take some of the remaining sugar flowers and stick these around the corners of your cake, securing into place with a small amount of edible glue.

You now have a beautiful floral birthday cake ready to go! All that's left to do is pop some candles on the cake. If you're using pastel or bright colours similar to our design, then why not use some of the Wilton pastel pearlised candles to compliment the theme?

 

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