Sugar Berries, Leaves & Blossoms

with Maggie Austin

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Bring filler flowers to the forefront and make beautiful gum paste botanicals in cake designer Maggie Austin's latest Craftsy class. Read More…

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Class Description

Put the supporting players in the spotlight as you learn how to replicate sweet little blossoms, delicate ivy leaves and blackberries that look like they were plucked right off the bush — all in gum paste. Veteran Craftsy instructor Maggie Austin brings together these beautiful “background” elements to create charming bouquets that stand on their own. You’ll be amazed at how easily you can assemble lifelike blackberries — with individually hand-formed seeds — using Maggie’s innovative bag-and-shake technique. Hypericum berries and ivy leaves will add a naturalistic touch as will tiny sugar flowers hand-painted in beautiful detail. 

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Lesson Plan


Lesson 1. Meet Maggie Austin

  • Meet Maggie and learn about the Craftsy platform.


Lesson 2. Full Blackberries

  • Learn how to build gum paste blackberries, complete with seeds and true-to-life coloring. Maggie's detailed instruction makes it easy!


Lesson 3. Partial Blackberries

  • Maggie demonstrates how to make smaller berries, including partial blackberries, that realistically reflect nature.


Lesson 4. Hypericum Berries

  • Maggie shows you how to make brilliant hypericum berries, which add elegance to any sugar flower arrangement.


Lesson 5. Blossoms

  • Build these beautiful blossoms and add veining and wiring with Maggie's help. You'll also learn to lock in your flowers' vibrant colors.


Lesson 6. Leaves

  • Increase the effect of your botanical creations by adding a leafy backdrop. You'll learn to cut, wire, thin, vein and color your leaves with Maggie's expert instruction.


Lesson 7. Arranging & Assembling Bouquets

  • Maggie shares her tips and techniques for arranging and assembling bouquets. You'll also learn how to preserve these sweet treats as keepsakes.


Lesson 8. Bonus: How to Make Gum Paste

  • Maggie shares something every sugar artist should know: how to make gum paste. You'll love adding this to your confectionary arsenal.

"I love Maggie Austin. Extremely talented. I have taken all of her classes so far and cannot wait for more. This class is again very informative and lots to learn from it. I have learned so much from her. She is truly a class apart."
- pamz9

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