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Classic Sugar Flowers

Peony, Anemone, Tulip

with Nicholas Lodge
Classic Sugar Flowers
Make your cakes petal-perfect with instruction from Nicholas Lodge, sugar artist extraordinaire.

Whether you're relatively new to making gum paste blooms or a pro in the cake biz, you'll find a wealth of useful tips and tricks from a veteran in the trade. Nicholas will start with the graceful French tulip, then build on these techniques for the more complex anemone. Finally, the pièce de résistance: a classic peony in all its ruffled, multi-petaled glory. Even a single bloom in its simplest form is a show-stopper. Add 10, 15 or 20 more wired petals and Wow! – everyone will be talking about your cake.

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Lesson plan


Lesson 1. Introduction

  • Meet your instructor Nicholas Lodge and learn about the Craftsy platform's tools.


Lesson 2. French Tulip Construction

  • This elegant flower starts with a solid center, which you add petals to. Learn veining techniques and start building the tulips.


Lesson 3. French Tulip Finishing Touches

  • Learn to color your tulips and then watch Nicholas steam life into petals, buds and finished flowers.


Lesson 4. Anemone Construction

  • Add anemones to your arsenal of cake decorating skills. Learn to build this flower's center, petals, calyxes and leaves.


Lesson 5. Anemone Finishing Touches

  • Steaming and glazing make your floral arrangements more realistic. Nicholas demonstrates these techniques on the anemone.


Lesson 6. Peony Center

  • Lay the peony's foundation with step-by-step instructions on building this beautiful flower's center.


Lesson 7. Peony Petals

  • Learn to make small, medium and large petals. Then add dimension with ruffles and wires to bring your flowers to life.


Lesson 8. Peony Bud & Leaves

  • Create both a flower bud and leaves for your peony, making your arrangement pop.


Lesson 9. Peony Finishing Touches

  • Assemble all of the peony elements together into a show-stopping arrangement.

"I highly recommend this class ... Nicholas explains everything in great detail and his easy to follow instructions make you look like a pro. I have had rave reviews on how my flowers look so real. So glad to have taken this class and grateful that I can always go back to refresh my memory and pick up on more tips each time I watch. Thank you so much!"
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Caledon, Ontario Canada

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