This is such a sweet and feminine cake. It just feels like spring. I wanted to create something that gave me the feeling of spring. You know, flowers, soft colors, eyelet lace…and of course this would be perfect for Mother’s Day or a bridal shower.
This is not a project to start the day you need this cake, nor the day before you’ll need it. This puppy will need to be done in stages.
When I think of spring, I think of flowers, pastels and Easter dresses. Every Easter, my Mom would buy me new pair of white patent shoes and she’d always get those little white socks that fold over at the top that were trimmed with eyelet lace. I loved them. I wanted to create something with that Easter/spring-like feel. I came up with ‘the eyelet wafer paper flower’ and I am so happy with the way they turned out.
Here’s what you’ll need for the Floral and Eyelet Lace Bouquet Cake:
- 50/50 Fondant and gumpaste (you can add tylose or CMC powder to your fondant, which is what I did…you want your items to dry harder and quicker.) You’ll need several different colors of fondant. I chose pink, purple, yellow, and white. You’ll also need green for the leaves and stems.
- Paper punch. I used Martha Stewart’s eyelet lace cutter (can be found in the scrapbooking section at your craft store).
- Small fondant rolling pin (and pasta roller, if you have it).
- Petal dusts that match the colors you chose for your flowers. (If you don’t have petal dust, don’t worry)
- Super Pearl dust for your ribbon and bow.
- Small blossom cutters (similar: here)
- Mini pizza cutter (or something to cut your fondant).
- White candy melts
- Various paint brushes (used only for food items, of course)
To make the eyelet lace flowers, you’ll need to use your paper punch. Punch straight down the side of your wafer paper, then cut into a strip. You’ll need a couple strips for each flower. Cut your long strips into shorter strips. Three of the strips should be about two inches long and the other three should be slightly smaller. You want your outside petals to be larger than the inner petals. You’ll use three on the outside and three on the inside to make the flower.
Cut each strip into a petal shape. It’ll look a bit like a heart. Then, cut a slit into the bottom part of the heart. You’ll overlap the petal where that cut is and it will give your petals the cupped shape.
You’ll also need to make small fondant discs that you’ll use to attach your petals to.
Now take your piping gel and brush it on the bottom part of your petal and overlap the right side of the slit you cut, over the left side and pinch for a moment so it sticks. Set aside and do the other petals for your flower.
Once all your petals are formed, brush some piping gel onto your fondant disc you made. Add the three larger petals around the disc. You may need to add a little more piping gel to get them to stick. I use the back end of my paintbrush to sort of push them down a bit. (At this point, your hands are probably sticky from the piping gel.) Then place the three small petals closer into the middle of the flower. Set it aside to dry a bit.
Add a little piping gel to the middle of your flower. Roll a small ball of white fondant in your hand and place it in the middle of your flower. I then dusted the middle with super pearl dust.
Now for the rolled ribbon roses: Roll out your fondant. I used a pasta roller on a level 2. Fold the strips over, but don’t crease the fold. You want it to look ‘puffy’. Now take one end and just roll it up. At this point they look flat, so pick them up and then just pinch the bottom of the rose and it will flare out the top a bit. You’ll want to make different sizes in all the colors you picked. I also used my blossom cutter to make some tiny blossoms and added a small sugar bead to the middle of each with piping gel. You can also cut some of your green fondant into leaf shapes.
Once all of your flowers and leaves are made and dried, take your petal dust and dust them to add dimension and to brighten them up a bit. I then lightly dusted everything with pearl dust.
The next step is to make the base of your bouquet. I cut a circle out of 50/50 fondant and gumpaste. The circle is about 4-5 inches across. I then cut an angled piece of green fondant to act as the base for my stems. The circle disc and the green base are two different sections. Don’t attach them to each other. We’ll add them to the cake in pieces.
Take your green fondant and roll it into noodle-like strips. Then brush some water on your stem base and attached them.
I then cut out a long strip of white fondant, dusted it with super pearl dust and wrapped it around the top of the stems.
I wanted to add a little more of the eyelet lace into the design so I created a border around the floral part of the bouquet.
Use your paper punch again to cut strips like you did earlier to make the lace flowers. Your strips should be skinnier this time and the length should be about two inches. Take a strip and paint a little water onto one end and attached the ends of the strip together. I used water this time because piping gel just wasn’t strong enough to really hold the ends together. You want to use a VERY small amount of water. Wet your brush and then dab it off a bit. If you use more water than that, it will dissolve your wafer paper.
Once you have enough of these made, you’ll attached them around the edge of the circle base you cut out for your bouquet. I used water to attach them.
I felt like I wanted the middle of the flowers to be a little higher than the outside so I added some fondant to the middle of my circle base. I just rolled a ball of fondant and flattened the edges and then attached it to the disc with water.
Next you want to add your eyelet lace blossoms, rolled ribbon roses and cut out blossoms to your circle base. I used melted white candy melts to attach them.
You’ll want a cute bow for your bouquet, so cut out a strip of white fondant, dust it with petal dust and roll up the ends to meet in the middle. I rolled up some paper towels to put into the loops so they’d hold their shape while it dried.
Cut two more strips and place on foam to dry. Make hills and valleys so they’ll dry with a little movement to them.
Now you want everything to dry and really firm up. At least a day. You want the bouquet base to be firm when you pick it up to place it on the cake.
I made an 8” square cake. It was about 5 inches tall. I like to use three cake layers when I make my cakes. It gives it a little extra height, which looks nicer to me.
Cover your cake in fondant. I went with white, but you could do any color that goes with your bouquet.
Melt your candy melts in the microwave. Use a brush and brush on your melted chocolate to the back of your pieces, take a deep breath and attach them to the cake.
I then attached a pearl border to the bottom and edges of the cake to finish it off.
I love how it turned out. There are so many applications for this. It’s going to make a lovely Mother’s Day cake for my Step-Mom. It would also make a lovely Easter cake and even a beautiful bridal shower cake.
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