With their beautiful thick ruffled blooms, peonies make stunning decorations for wedding cakes. Peonies symbolise romance, honour, wealth and beauty so it’s no surprise it is a particularly popular choice with brides. If you would like to learn how to make your own sugar peonies see our step-by-step methods below for beginners as well as, professional cake decorators. You can also pop in to our sugar cake decorating supplies shop, Solihull, Birmingham, West midlands and speak to our friendly cake decorating staff who will be able to advise you on, how to make sugar flowers
FMM’s Easiest Peony Cutter is the perfect way to create beautiful and realistic sugar peonies. This fantastic cake decorating cutter is simple to use and will help you create beautiful sugar flowers in various different sizes for any wedding cake, birtday cake or celebration cake design.
You will need:
White Modelling Paste-100g
Cake Decorating Sugarpaste Icing-Brilliant White-250g
Gel Food Colour of choice if required
FMM Easiest Peony and Leaf Cutter
9” Rolling Pin
PME Flower Foam Pad
Green Non-Stick Board 10” x 7”
Brush for gluing
To create your paste you can use equal quantities of sugar paste and modelling paste together, or simply use sugar flower paste. Knead well and add colour if required. Make a ball of paste which, when measured against a petal in the small cutter, fits well inside it. Elongate the ball slightly.
Roll paste out very thinly and cut out two shapes with the smaller cutter, and two shapes with the larger cutter. Working on the smaller pieces first, thin the petal edges all round with either the ball tool, or the end of the rolling pin. Then, using either of these tools, ball each petal to curve inwards – do this along one side, then turn paste over and ball the second side. This will ensure that all the petals curve inwards the same way.
Brush a line of glue along the length of the paste just above the centre. Fold in half lengthwise and brush another line of glue along the bottom edge. Roll up around the ball, starting the roll as tightly as possible. Take the second small piece and repeat the process. Repeat with the two larger pieces. This will give you a reasonably large peony, but you may add more pieces until you have the size required.
Sugar flowers are also suitable if your wedding cake is a gluten free wedding cake or a vegan birthday cake, an eggless wedding cake or a vegan wedding cake.