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Exotic Sugar Orchids

with James Rosselle
Exotic Sugar Orchids
Bring a touch of the tropics to your cake creation with an arrangement of delicate sugar blossoms, accented by graceful leaves, bamboo stems and fondant pebbles.

Master the delicate shaping and subtle coloring of three elegant orchids with the guidance of your own gum-paste guru, James Rosselle. James shares his devotion to lifelike beauty as he walks you through the deconstruction of a real orchid and the creation of its sugar-art counterpart, from cutting and ruffling the petals and forming the center, to assembly and adding natural hues. You can jump directly to the individual lessons for creating the Cattleya orchid, the Dendrobium or the Cymbidium, or choose to make all three! Use the skills acquired with one flower to master the subtleties of the others, then see how you can combine them to create a show-stopping floral topper. Three bonus lessons included with your class cover looped leaves, bamboo stems and marbled pebbles.

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Lesson plan


Lesson 1. Introduction

  • Meet your instructor, award-winning cake artist James Rosselle, a four-time Food Network Challenge winner.


Lesson 2. Cattleya Orchid Petals

  • James leads a discussion on the different parts of the orchid and then demonstrates how to cut and shape petals from gum paste and wire them together.


Lesson 3. Cattleya Orchid Center

  • Create the center and throat of the orchid as James demonstrates how to thin the edges of your petals and how to hook a ball of gum paste onto a wire.


Lesson 4. Cattleya Orchid Assembly

  • Now that everything is dry, it is time to attach the petals together with the center to assemble a flower.


Lesson 5. Dendrobium Orchid Petals

  • Cut, ruffle and wire your flower petals as you branch out to a new variety of orchid.


Lesson 6. Dendrobium Orchid Centers

  • Roll the center, form the throat and combine the two to create a beautiful, sturdy focal point to your flower.


Lesson 7. Dendrobium Orchid Assembly

  • Create this fabulous flower from the elements you've made.


Lesson 8. Cymbidium Orchid Petals

  • James expands your orchid garden as you cut, ruffle and wire the flower petals of a new orchid variety.


Lesson 9. Cymbidium Orchid Center & Throat

  • Form the center and attach the throat of this delicate beauty.


Lesson 10. Cymbidium Orchid Assembly

  • Watch the flower bloom right before your eyes as you attach your petals to the center and throat.


Lesson 11. Coloring Your Orchids

  • James demonstrates the proper techniques for coloring, shading and dusting your flowers to give them a botanical authenticity.


Lesson 12. Floral Arranging for Cakes

  • Combine your orchids with other elements to create cakes that are sure to amaze and delight your friends and clients.


Lesson 13. Bonus: Leaves

  • Learn how to make looped leaves to give your orchid bouquets even more depth and fullness.


Lesson 14. Bonus: Bamboo

  • For an Asian-inspired design, try gum-paste bamboo.


Lesson 15. Bonus: Rocks

  • Marbleized fondant makes realistic stones for creating cakes with naturalistic details.


Lesson 16. Bonus: Materials & Tools

  • James leads an in-depth discussion about the tools and supplies you need to create beautiful sugar art.

"This is an OUTSTANDING class!!! James is an exceptional teacher who thoroughly explains every detail of the process. His knowldege and love of making sugar flowers is evident in every lesson."
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Catawissa, MO USA

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