Sugar Flowers (PME)

Traditionally, flowers have been an integral part of many cake designs. Creating sugar flowers captures the imagination of many cake decorators. The different techniques, styles, colours, and varieties of flowers offer great opportunity for individual expression and creativity, and allow the sugar artist to strive for as much, or as little, botanical accuracy as they wish. This course demonstrates and explains a wide variety of techniques, ideas, and flowers which will meet the needs of many cake decorators and which can be adapted and perfected by decorators of all skill levels. You'll learn to make incredibly lifelike flowers out of gum paste. A variety of simple flowers and foliage will be taught – roses, gerbera daisies, calla lilies, fantasy flowers – followed by the creation of more complex flowers – a variety of orchids, carnations, sweet peas, hibiscus, petunias, and sunflowers. Professional business approach topics will also be discussed, including using sugar flowers for business, the use of alternative flowers (silk, fresh, and commercially prepared), adding non-edible decorations to enhance floral sprays and arrangements, and sugar flower pricing.

Course topics include:

  • Edible pastes and icings used to create sugar flowers
  • Appliqué flowers and floral plaques
  • Simple roses and blossoms
  • Calyx flowers and multi-petal layers
  • Flower buds
  • Foliage
  • Traditional roses and lilies
  • Variety of orchids
  • Mexican hat techniques
  • Guidelines for arranging sugar flowers
  • Creating wired arrangements
  • Duration: 5 classes, 5 hours/class
  • Registration: $340.00
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Prerequisite: Gum Paste Flowers or gum paste flower making skills
  • Materials List (these items are required for the first class; you will be advised in-class of the materials needed for subsequent classes)