If you’ve got a ton of roses to make for a cake project, or maybe you just don’t want to spend hours making anatomically correct roses, this easy fondant rose without tools is definitely your solution.
Now, if you want a super realistic looking rose made with gumpaste, and you have a little time, you’ll want to check out my tutorial on that here: How to Make a Large Gumpaste Rose. But if you want something easier and quicker, I’ve got ya covered here.
These easy roses really ARE super easy and the best part is that you don’t need any tools to make them. Seriously, no tools…you don’t even need water to attach the petals. The fondant easily sticks to itself.
Now, if you want to add these to the side of a cake, just pop in a toothpick and let your rose dry fully, then you’ll just pop it into the cake. For this tutorial though, I just added them to cupcakes.
Alright, on to the tutorial. And don’t forget to check out the video toward the end of this post.
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Supplies You’ll Need for the Easy Fondant Rose:
- Fondant in the color of your choice (You’ll want to use fondant with these because it’ll stick easily to itself and won’t harden up as quickly as gumpaste.)
(See I told you there were no tools!)
Making the Easy Fondant Rose:
You can make these any size you want. If you want a larger rose, you’ll need to pull off larger chunks of fondant. There are no exact measurements on these, you’ll just need to make a few in order to gauge the size.
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Making the Bud:
To make the bud, you’ll just pinch off a hunk of fondant.
Roll it into a ball and then into a cone shape and set it aside.
Now you want to pinch off nine smallish bits of fondant. These bits need to be a smaller amount than the cone you just made.
Now roll all of these into balls. Use pressure when rolling them.
Take one of the fondant balls and flatten it with your fingers. Move around the edges and flatten it into a circle. If it’s too sticky, just dust your fingers with a little cornstarch.
Place it onto your cone and wrap around. You want to make sure and place it higher than the tip of the cone though. You don’t need any water, the fondant should just stick to itself.
Curl it around to make a good fit.
Now just set it aside and work on the first row of petals.
First row of petals:
There will be three petals in this first full row.
Take a fondant ball and flatten it into a circle with your fingers, just like you did for the bud.
Now wrap this petal around the bud.
Set it aside and flatten another petal and attach it the same way. This one will overlap the first one a bit.
Do the same with the third petal. When you attach this one, make sure and pull the very first petal back a bit, so you can tuck this one under it.
Once you’ve tucked in the third petal, fold that first one back over to overlap it.
Set your rose aside and work on the first petal for the second row.
Second row of petals:
For this round of petals, you’ll be using five petals (you should have only five left).
Take a fondant ball and flatten it just like you did before and attach to your rose.
Do the same for the second petal.
Now keep adding all the rest of the petals and make sure to overlap them a bit.
Now, after you’ve added the second row of petals, you can keep going if you’re going for a really large rose. Just make your petals a bit larger than the previous row and add five more.
If the bottom of your rose is a little bulky, you can either cut it off with some scissors, or just twist the bottom and pull off the excess.
Then you’ll want to adjust the petals and open them up a bit.
Make sure to set them aside and let them dry fully. Since it’s fondant, I’d let them dry a couple days. Before they dry, make sure if you’re planning to add them to the sides of your cake, that you add a toothpick to the bottom and insert it into some styrofoam to dry.
Ok, that’s it! Super easy right? And no buying tons of tools in order to get it done!
These are perfect when you’ve got tons of roses to complete, or you’re just short on time.
Oh and here’s the video tutorial:
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