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Tropical Sugar Flowers

with Alan Dunn
Expand your sugar-flower offerings into tropical horizons. Learn Alan Dunn's expert techniques for creating sprays of bauhinia, hibiscus and gardenia flowers.

Discover an oasis of vibrant sugar flowers and alluring accoutrements with master sugar artist Alan Dunn. Create a breathtaking bauhinia complete with a beautiful bud and hearts entangled foliage. Bring a romantic hibiscus flower to life with eye-catching dimension and complete the look with a realistic bud, exotic berries and heart-shaped leaves. Finally, make an elegant gardenia spray set off with a matching bud, leaves and two styles of succulents that add sophisticated movement to your arrangements. Travel beyond ordinary sugar flowers and give any celebration a window into paradise.

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Lesson 1. The Bauhinia: Making the Flower

  • Meet your instructor, cake artist Alan Dunn, and get started making your first tropical flower! Form and color delicate stamens and a pistil, then create the five wired petals that make up the bauhinia. Learn how to roll a ridge for a wired petal by hand and discover Alan's technique for thinning petals with a ball tool. Finally, color and assemble your petals to create this botanically realistic beauty!


Lesson 2. The Bauhinia: Fillers & Arranging the Spray


Lesson 3. The Hibiscus: Making the Flower


Lesson 4. The Hibiscus: Fillers & Arranging the Spray


Lesson 5. The Gardenia: Making the Flower


Lesson 6. The Gardenia: Fillers & Arranging the Spray

I have several of Mr. Dunn's books, all of which I love. I never imagined I'd be able to "experience" one of his classes. I'm particularly grateful for the insight into how sugar bouquets are arranged and wired together. It's something I really struggle with. I can't wait to practice the techniques I've learned in this class.
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