Making professional quality cake decorations doesn’t have to be a task left only to those who bake for a living. In fact, with tools like fondant cutters, flower veiners, ball tools, foam pads, and a bit of creativity, making peony flowers from fondant can be, well, a piece of cake!
Rolling Out The Fondant And Cutting The Petals
Quick peony fondant cutters like this one from NY Cake often come in sets which allow you to cut all the pieces you’ll need in one go. After rolling out your fondant, press down firmly and create one petal of each size. Don’t worry about ragged edges—if there are any, you can take care of them later.
Petal Detailing And Frilling
Next, detail each petal. While flower veiners are probably the best way to create realistic details on each petal, you can also keep it simple by improvising with a friller tool, for example. By pushing the tip of the friller tool down at the base of each petal and then dragging outwards, you can add dimension to the petals with ease. Using a foam pad and ball tool, frill the edges of your petals for a more delicate appearance.
Shaping The Petals
While some cake decorators use tools like wire and Styrofoam balls to ensure their fondant flowers take a particular form, you can also form each petal layer by allowing the fondant to dry in various sizes of muffin molds or sturdy cupcake liners. Now is the time to decide how open or closed you would like your fondant peony to be.
Let each layer dry – almost done!
Finally, layer each petal on top of one another using the largest petal as the base. Brushing fondant luster powder along the edges will do wonders to bring out the color in your peony. Then, put everything together with edible glue, which you can purchase or make yourself.