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Classic Peony

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Classic Sugar Flowers: Peony, Anemone, Tulip taught by Nicholas Lodge

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

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Category Cake Decorating
Material Gum Paste
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Share a little about the materials, processes and techniques used to create this cake: Gumpaste, wires, peony cutters, veiners for petals and leaves, peony leaf cutters, sparkle dust, petal dust, paint brushes, gumpaste tools, foam, formers

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What are you most proud of? I was able to apply the techniques the first time after watching this video which was clear and concise, and it never left me wondering about anything. Also, I was able to achieve the color I was looking for. I tried sparkle dust for the first time and was happy with what it added to the flower. The sparkles are larger than the effect of pearl dust, but not in particles big enough to see, like a grain of sugar. It adds a nice touch, especially for a wedding cake.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Practice with gum paste and be familiar with how to use it before starting this project. Learn the basics of frilling and ruffling. The Peony flower and leaves uses a fair amount of gum paste so it's best not to waste it until you are comfortable with using it. Also there are a lot of cheap household items that are useful for formers, so you don't have to spend a lot of money for them. Also, you do not necessarily have to use the identical cutters to achieve stunning results, so buy to fit your budget. I found watching a video was much more informative than trying to decifer written instructions.

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WOW..that is fantastic

08/25/2013 Flag

Just BEAUTIFUL!!! Good for you :)

08/26/2013 Flag

Thank you so much!

08/27/2013 Flag

Thank you! These aren't as easy as they look, are they? I have had a little practice.

08/27/2013 Flag

Thank you...these aren't as easy as they look, are they? I have had a little practice.

08/27/2013 Flag

good job .but how to reach this color

09/04/2013 Flag

You have to add color to the gum paste till it gets as dark as you want. You can either use gel color, which can make the paste a bit sticky, or petal dust, which can make the past a bit dry. Just add water for the dryness and work it into the paste, or add a bit of cornstarch or confectionary sugar to the sticky paste. It takes time by adding color and working the paste till you get the dark color desired, but it will get there. Add small amounts at a time till you get there so you won't get it darker than you desire. N. Lodge has a gel color called Peony Pink, which is what I used. You can make the paste lighter pink or darker by using more color.

09/09/2013 Flag