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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 then read on for our two handy step-by-step methods that have been put together to meet the needs of beginners as well as more experienced sugarcrafters.

Easy sugar peony method

FMM’s Easiest Peony Cutter is the perfect way to create beautiful and realistic sugar peonies, no matter what your skill level.

You will need:
Cake Star White Modelling Paste-100g (75001)
Culpitt Cake Decorating Sugarpaste Icing-Brilliant White-250g (74229)
Colour Splash Gel Food Colour of choice if required
FMM Easiest Peony and Leaf Cutter (81732)
Culpitt 9” Rolling Pin (84788)
PME Flower Foam Pad (84632)
Green Non-Stick Board 10” x 7” (83440G)
Cake Star Ball Tool (from set) (0684797)
Stay Fresh Multi Mat-Small (83363) Optional
Culpitt Edible Glue-17ml (5599)
Brush for gluing
FMM Dab-a-Dust (86315) Optional

To create your paste you can use equal quantities of sugar paste and Cake Star modelling paste together, or simply use sugar flower paste. Knead well and add colour if required ( you may want to make the colour for the centre petals a darker shade, graduating to a paler shade for the outer petals). 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. Leave to dry.

 

Advanced sugar peony method

Thinking of making your own sugar peonies from scratch? Follow our simple step-by-step instructions below to find out how…

You will need:
Renshaw Flower and Modelling Paste-White-250g (0601942)
Culpitt Peony Cutter-Set of 4 (81851)
Culpitt Calyx Cutter-Set of 3 (84783)
Culpitt 9” Rolling Pin (84788)
PME Flower Foam Pad (84632)
Green Non-Stick Board 10” x 7” (83440G)
Stay Fresh Multi Mat-Small (83363) Optional
Jem Petal Base-50g (JC150) or any white fat
Culpitt Edible Glue-17ml (5599)
Brush for gluing
Frilling Sticks-Set of 2 (83350)
26 Gauge White Florist Wire-Pack of 50 (1386W)
White Micro Round Stamens (1340W)
Stemtex Tape-White (1490W)
Stemtex Tape-Nile Green (1490N)
Colour Splash Food Colouring Powder-Pearl-Violet (75096) or colour of choice
Colour Splash Food Colouring Gel-Green Leaf-25g (0675078)

To make one fully open peony, start with the centre: Take three wires and put a hook in the end of each. Take three small balls of white paste approx 3mm diameter, shape each into a cone and flatten slightly. Curve the tip and place the hooked end of a wire dipped into glue, into the base of each. Leave to dry.

Take three wires and, using white tape, tape a few stamens onto each. Tape the three centres together and add the stamens in between. Roll out paste and cut out six petals with the smallest size peony cutter. Insert a wire up the centre of each petal to approx. halfway up. Thin around the edge with the ball tool and frill the top edge with the large frilling stick, then gently bend each petal to curve inwards.

Brush your chosen powder colour onto the base of each petal and leave petals to dry for a few minutes. To angle the petals for adding to flower, bend each one backwards using tweezers at the base before arranging them around the centre.

Cut out five petals of the next size and repeat the wiring, frilling, bending and colouring as before. Use a ball tool for additional help to curve the petal inwards. Allow to dry a little before adding onto the flower with petals overlapping.

Cut out seven petals of the next size and repeat the process, again using the ball tool to curve each petal inwards. Cut out approximately nine petals with the largest size cutter and repeat.

Add a calyx made with paste coloured green.

Allow whole flower to dry completely, either hanging upside down, or placing in a cupped drying tray or rack. Finish with green tape on the stem.

Top tips: You may prefer to cut out all the petals in one go using the Stay Fresh mat for covering until used. Wire and ball them before dusting the colour on. They are then ready to assemble all together to make the flower. The petals should still be flexible when you add them to the flower so that you can tweak them into shape.

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