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How to Use This 1 Tool to Make Roses, Ruffles & More

One amazing tool can not only help you make a stunning ruffled cake, but you can also maximize return on your tool purchases, cut down on clutter and minimize decorating time. The Easiest Rose Ever Sugar Flower Cutter may look like a simple cutter, but read on to find how it can be used to make four stunning designs, including flowers, leaves and even ruffles! 

Ruffles & Roses Cake Made with the Easiest Rose Ever Sugar Flower Cutter | Erin Gardner | Craftsy

Images via Erin Bakes

Make a beautiful ruffles & roses cake with the Easiest Rose Ever Sugar Flower Cutter

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Supplies

How to make a simple rose

How to Make a Simple Rose | Erin Gardner | Craftsy

Step 1:

Roll light pink gum paste to less than an 1/8″ thick and cut the gum paste with the Easiest Rose Ever Cutter. Place the cut shape onto a foam mat and lightly thin the edges of one of the scalloped sides using a ball tool (or the end of a rolling pin or even a spoon). 

Cutting and Thinning the Gum Paste | Erin Gardner | Craftsy

Step 2:

Flip the shape over and use the ball tool to thin the edges of the other scalloped edge. I thinned my petals this way so that all of them would be curling in the same direction when it comes time to fold the paste in half. 

One Side of Petals Thinned | Erin Gardner | CraftsyBoth Sides Thinned | Erin Gardner | Craftsy

Step 3:

Brush a line of gum paste glue horizontally through the center of the petals. Fold the shape in half, pressing firmly along the crease. Brush another line of glue along the bottom edge of the petals. 

Brush a Line of Gum Paste Glue | Erin Gardner | CraftsyFolding the Petals in Half | Erin Gardner | Craftsy

Step 4:

Tightly roll the petals up into a coil. Set the newly formed rose into the well of a spoon to dry.

Rolling up The Petals | Erin Gardner | CraftsyRolling up The Petals | Erin Gardner | CraftsyHow to Make a Simple Rose | Erin Gardner | Craftsy

How to make a larger rose with pointed petals

Larger Rose with Pointed Petals | Erin Gardner  | Craftsy

Step 1:

Roll, cut, and thin your gum paste according to Steps 1 and 2, above.

After thinning your petals, use your thumb and pointer finger to pinch the center edge of each petal. Repeat with the remaining petals in the direction that the paste has been thinned. One side should have the pinches facing up, the other side should have the pinches facing down.

Pinching the Thinned Petals |Erin Gardner | CraftsyPinched Petals | Erin Gardner | Craftsy

Step 2:

Brush a line of gum paste glue horizontally through the center of the petals. Fold the shape in half, pressing firmly along the crease. Turn the shape so that the pinches are facing you and open. Brush another line of glue along the bottom edge of the petals.

Folded Petals with Pinches Facing Up | Erin Gardner | Craftsy

Step 3:

Tightly roll the petals into a coil. Set the coil on its bottom, then use a knitting needle or tooth pick to open the petals up. 

Rolling the Petals | Erin Gardner | CraftsyOpening the Petals | Erin Gardner | Craftsy

Step 4:

Roll, cut, thin and pinch another set of petals. This time, cut the petal shape in half horizontally. Flip the strips so that the pinches are open and facing up.

Brush a line of gum paste glue along the bottom edge of each strip. Wrap one of the strips around the coiled center. Repeat with the other strip. Arrange the petals as needed and set the rose aside to dry.

Cut Strips for Outer Petals | Erin Gardner | CraftsyLarge and Small Roses with Leaves | Erin Gardner | Craftsy

How to Make Rose Leaves

Step 1:

Roll a piece of green gum paste to thinner than 1/8″ and cut out a strip of petals. Use a small knife to make two cuts into one of the end petals, creating a teardrop shape.

Cutting the Green Gum Paste | Erin Gardner | Craftsy

Step 2:

Place the cut piece of gum paste onto a foam mat. Use the ball tool to thin the edges of the leaf. 

Thin the Edges of the Leaf | Erin Gardner | Craftsy

Step 3:

Fold the leaf in half, then open it back up again. Drape the leaf over the edge of a spoon to dry. 

Fold the Leaf in Half | Erin Gardner | CraftsyOpen the Leaf Up | Erin Gardner | CraftsyDry on a Spoon | Erin Gardner | Craftsy

How to make fast & easy petal ruffles

Ruffles Using the Easiest Rose Ever Sugar Flower Cutter | Erin Gardner | Craftsy

Step 1:

Combine equal parts fondant and gum paste to form a 50/50 sugar paste. This will help your ruffles hold their shape while still remaining pliable and easy to cut through.

Roll the 50/50 mix to about an 1/8″ thick. Cut a strip of petals and thin the edges all the way around. Cut the strip in half horizontally and brush a line of gum paste glue along the straight edge. 

Making Petal Ruffles | Erin Gardner | Craftsy

Step 2:

Apply the ruffle to your cake, pressing firmly along the straight edge. Repeat with more strips all the way around the cake.

Apply the next row of petals so that the rounded edges are offset with the strip below. Repeat with more rows of petals until there is about 1/4″ of space left at the top of the cake.

Row of Petal Ruffles | Erin Gardner | CraftsySecond Row of Petals | Erin Gardner | Craftsy

Step 3:

For the top row of ruffles, we’ll do it just a little differently.

Roll, cut and thin a strip of petals as usual, but don’t cut the piece in half horizontally. Brush a line of gum paste glue a little higher than half way up the center of the strip of petals. Fold the strip about 3/4 of the way up, so that the petals mimic the layering effect that you’ve created on the sides of your cake.

Flip the strip over and brush a line of glue along the back of the folded edge. Apply the last layer of ruffles so that the clean, folded edge lines up with the top of your cake. Repeat until the ruffles are finished all the way around. 

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Last Row of Ruffles | Erin Gardner | CraftsyFinished Ruffles and Roses Cake | Erin Gardner | Craftsy

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8 Comments

Jayess51

Not strictly true :-)! You need rose cutter, ball too,l foam mat and scissors or craft knife for leaves.

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Erin Gardner

Alright, you caught me! But I think you get what I was going for here. 😛 It’s a pretty versatile tool!

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Janis

True 🙂 x

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gali

thinking if you use this tool , it will go much faster though !

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Erin Gardner

Yes! It sure does. That was basically the point behind the title of the post. One tool will help you zip through decorating a cake like this one. 🙂

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Helen

I have repeatedly (over a number of days) tried to use Printfriendly to save this tutorial. Each time I get the message “An error occurred. Try again.” Would someone please check into why this is happening?

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Erin Gardner

Hi Helen! I just tried it myself and it worked for me. Maybe it’s an issue with the connection between your computer and printer? I wish I could help more, but I’m not really sure where the problem is occurring. Have you tried emailing print friendly?

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Janis

Hi I tried print friendly and it worked for me. I also tried highlighting the article and printing, choosing ‘print selection only’ and couldn’t get this too work (didn’t show all pages). I would suggest saving it to Pinterest so you can at least refer to it at another time. I am sure Craftsy could save it as a PDF and email it to you as they are very helpful.

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