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Exotic Sugar Orchids

with James Rosselle
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 1. Introduction

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


Lesson 2. Cattleya Orchid Petals


Lesson 3. Cattleya Orchid Center


Lesson 4. Cattleya Orchid Assembly


Lesson 5. Dendrobium Orchid Petals


Lesson 6. Dendrobium Orchid Centers


Lesson 7. Dendrobium Orchid Assembly


Lesson 8. Cymbidium Orchid Petals


Lesson 9. Cymbidium Orchid Center & Throat


Lesson 10. Cymbidium Orchid Assembly


Lesson 11. Coloring Your Orchids


Lesson 12. Floral Arranging for Cakes


Lesson 13. Bonus: Leaves


Lesson 14. Bonus: Bamboo


Lesson 15. Bonus: Rocks


Lesson 16. Bonus: Materials & Tools

"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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