Sugar Flowers
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Vintage birdcages are oh-so-pretty for flower arrangements, party decor and more. But we think they’re extra sweet when turned into cupcakes. Here’s how to make ‘em for your Mama Bird, or anybody else who makes your heart take wing:
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making a sugar flower on black background
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If you're on the fence about whether or not to add sugar flowers to your cake, do it. They make a plain cake pretty, and a pretty cake spectacular.
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When you're decorating a cake with the works — we're talking gum paste, edible sequins, sugar flowers, appliqués — you need something to make all those ornaments come together. You need something with magical powers. You need ... edible glue.
Erin Gardner
pink rolled fondant rose
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Roses are red, roses are blue, roses are ... totally impressive when you make them yourself out of gum paste (a kind of sugar dough). Those gorgeous flowers are a classic way to decorate everything from a birthday cake to a wedding cake, and if you make them well they might even fool a florist for, like, a good five seconds.
Wendy McGowan
purple ruffled flower cupcake on a white and gold plate
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You know those cakes covered in beautiful, realistic sugar flowers? Yes, they're amazing. And here's the good news: the techniques needed to create those lifelike blossoms aren't actually so hard.
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rolled pink fondant flowers on top of cake
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Making edible sugar flowers is incredibly time-consuming, even if you're the savviest cake pro on the planet. That's why it's so important to know how to store fondant and gum-paste flowers so you can prepare them way ahead of time but keep them looking gorgeous.
Jessie Oleson Moore
buttercream flowers on a cake
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If you worry that the warmth of your hands will melt your piped flowers, here's a recipe that will help you keep your cool. It's from Joshua John Russell and it's just the thing for novices — the (sans-butter) buttercream can stand up to higher temperatures, so your flowers stay happy and perky. Let's pipe!
Bluprint
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Move beyond buttercream flowers and create lifelike succulents and cacti.
Liz Shim
Liz Shim
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Everything you need to start decorating.
Jenny McCoy
Jenny McCoy
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Transform your decorating timeline.
Ileana Saldivia
Ileana Saldivia
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