Sunday, July 15, 2012
A few weeks ago, I made a bouquet of sugar flowers for a birthday cake. The cake was for a friend of my sister, who was celebrating a milestone birthday. My sister was making and decorating the cake and asked me to do the topper.
At first I was nervous because I don't have a lot of experience making sugar flowers. So, a few of these aren't really true to life but I think overall they turned out really nice.
The hydrangeas are the only ones I had been working on before doing the topper. I took a class on Craftsy about making sugar flowers. It is taught by Jacqueline Butler, who is an absolutely amazing sugar artist. Her class was wonderful and I learned a lot. If you are interested in sugar flowers at all, I highly recommend it!
I added in some white filler flowers and buds, some leaves, a sprig of berries and a couple of coral-colored flowers.
I'm not sure what to call the big coral-colored flower in the center. I was copying something I saw online and I confess I have no idea if it's a real flower or just a fantasy flower. I like how it looks in this bouquet, though!
I did a version of a small peony and a small rose, too.
I planned to include more leaves, but they kept breaking on me. *sigh*
I think my favorite element was the berries. I love the way these turned out and wish I had made more. Again, it was supposed to have a couple more leaves, but they kept breaking. I definitely need to work on my technique for those and give them plenty of drying time next time.
Sugar flowers are strangely addicting. While I was working on these, I kept getting frustrated and asking myself why in the world I had agreed to do them. But as soon as they were finished, I just kept thinking about making more!
There are definitely a lot of things about flower-making that I need to practice, improve, and learn. Even though these aren't perfect, it was so satisfying to see it all come together. And I was soooo glad when the 3+ hour ride with them to my sister's house was over!
I hope you enjoyed my sugar flowers! Come back soon for some fantastic treats and recipes! Cherry Cordial Cupcakes and more!