The graduation season is here! Are you guys making a lot of grad cakes right now? I had the opportunity last week to make a cake for my son’s best friend. She is an extremely sweet girl, and I enjoyed making it for her. I included the elements in the cake that she asked for: the colors of red and black, a sunflower (her favorite flower), and paw prints to represent her desire to open her own small animal care company. And naturally, we had to include the graduate cap and tassel to represent her school.
I used yellow gum paste (Wilton premade works very well) to cut out two of the sunflower shapes.
Putting the petal on my cel pad, I used my ball tool to thin the cornstarch dusted petals. I put most of the pressure on the middle of the petals because sunflower petals are a little bit wider in the middle than they are on the two ends. I avoided thinking too much where the petals join the center portion because sunflowers (and daisies) are notorious for breaking in that vulnerable spot.
After the thinning was done, I used the veining tool to add some vertical lines to the inside of the petals.
The flower was placed into a cupped former lined with foil. I pinched the tips of the petals to give them some movement and make them more life-like. Petals were propped with paper toweling in a random pattern to give the petals a natural look.
I repeated the exact same process with the second layer, but I did not glue the two pieces together. The reason for this is because I wanted them to dry in the proper shape together, but I needed to be able to separate the pieces later for dusting.
In order to quicken the process of drying, I put them right into my dehydrator. (I made two blossoms; I constantly make added for damage.).
This is Bessy. She may be old, she may be worn and held together with masking tape, but she is a faithful as well as a dedicated buddy that always gets the job done. She is a Nesco food dehydrator that I got at Walmart years ago for around $35. I use her constantly for many things. I might not live without her. If you buy one, I advise that you obtain one with a pleasant regulatory authority. Always utilize the coolest temperature level establishing to ensure that your items do not melt.
After the blossom was fully completely dry, it was time to dirt. The best part! Dusting the flower just makes it come to life and also is so much enjoyable! My dusting process was as complies with: The entire blossom obtained a light cleaning with buttercup yellow. The lower section of the petals was cleaned with a combination of sunflowers as well as pumpkin. The facilities of the flowers were hit with some daffodil yellow. The tips also got a little bit of the sunflower color. After that the whole blossom got an extremely very light cleaning with yellow luster dust, simply to brighten it up a little bit.
Bear in mind that I said this kind of blossom is recognized for petal damage? Yep, it occurs nearly every time! ACK! Here you see a petal glued back on with simply a little of dissolved white delicious chocolate. The break was low sufficient on the flower that it will certainly be covered by the facility as soon as used.
I used a silicone push mold to make the center. Brown gum paste was pushed into the mold and popped right out. So easy it feels like cheating.
A little bit of dark brown petal dust was applied to the center. Then I brushed the center with just a little bit of shortening to give it a little sheen and wake it up. We don’t want a sleepy sunflower! 🙂
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