How to Make A Ruffled Fondant or Gum Paste Flower

I love making ruffled flowers to dress up my cakes. I almost always make these flowers because they’re quick and easy to put together. I have used them on several of my cakes.

I almost always use gum paste when making flowers or anything I want to dry quickly. If I’m making something that I want to dry a little slower, so I have more time to manipulate it, then I will use a 50/50 mix (half gum paste, half fondant) or fondant with tylose. I recommend using gum paste or a 50/50 mix.

This pink ruffled flower is made of fondant with tylose.

How to make pink ruffled fondant flower

I began by rolling out pink fondant, on a slightly greased (shortening) surface, a little thinner than 1/8” in thickness. I used my large and medium size circle cutters to make several circles. I kept the circles I wasn’t using under plastic wrap to prevent them from drying out.

How to make a fondant ruffle flower 1

I gently rolled the back of a paintbrush back and forth to create the ruffles. This was done on a thin (Wilton) foam pad that was dusted with a light layer of powder sugar.

How to make a fondant ruffle flower 2

I did this all the way around the circle.

How to make a fondant ruffle flower 3

I covered the top of a small bowl with foil to create a shallow bowl. This was done to shape my flower. I used small pieces of rolled paper towel under some of the ruffles to help them keep their shape.

How to make a fondant ruffle flower 3a

I painted a small amount of sugar glue in the center of the flower before adding another ruffle layer. I continued with all of the above steps until I made enough ruffles. For the center, I rolled a small amount of fondant into a ball then flattened it some. I painted a small amount of sugar glue on the center of the flower and the on bottom of the ball and placed the ball on the flower. I painted the center ball with sugar glue and placed white sugar pearls on it. I recommend using white gum paste or 50/50 mix for the center ball, especially when using white sugar pearls.

How to make a fondant ruffle flower 5

I ended up using 4 ruffled circles to make this flower.

Pink Ruffled Fondant Flower (5 of 5)

This is an example of white gum paste ruffled flower with a pink sugar pearl center and pearl dusting on the flower.

flower on cake

Here is another example of a ruffled gum paste flower.

White Gum Paste Ruffled Flower with a Pink Sugar Pearl Center

This is an example of a ruffled gum paste flower without the sugar pearl center. I kept adding ruffled flowers until the center was full, about 5 ruffled circles.

Purple Ruffled Gum Paste Flower 2

The white color on the ruffles is powder sugar. I used vodka to remove the powder sugar. The alcohol evaporates quickly, leaving a clean and dry flower.

Purple Ruffled Gum Paste Flower

I hope you all found this tutorial to be helpful. Happy caking.

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Do you have a go to flower or design?

Do you prefer to use gum paste, 50/50 mix or fondant with tylose when making flowers?

21 comments:

  1. Thanks for this!! I will use this on a koi cake I'm making this Friday!

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    1. You're welcome. I would love to see a picture of your cake.

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  2. These are absolutely beautiful! I have a wedding cake for next weekend and your tutorial is exactly what I needed. Thank you so much for sharing!

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    1. Thank you. I glad you found this tutorial helpful. I love these flowers. They're my go to flower.

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    2. I want to try and post a couple of pics for you, but I don't know how. Can you help?

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    3. Great, I would love to see your pictures. I actually don't know if there is a way to post pictures in the comment section. If you want to send them to me via email, shauna@balancingbites.com, I will post them on my blog, of course give you credit, and link them back to this post. In the meantime, I will search for another way for readers to post pictures.

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    4. After I posted my comment, i completely forgot to check back to see your answer! I will send you an email now! Thanks!!! Oh, how do I know when you've commented back to me?

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  3. I posted a comment yesterday but it's not here. Hmm. I sent you an email with pics, did you get it?

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    1. I did get them, thanks. I love, love, love your cake. It looks amazing. Check out today's post.

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  4. I am making a 70th birthday cake and these flowers are beautifull I will give them a try I love making roses but these are just luverly and different xx

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    1. I think you will fall in love with making these flowers. They're easy to make and turn out beautiful.

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  5. Beautiful! I have the beginnings of an idea for a local cake contest that my Sugarcraft guild is hosting. This is exactly the look I was imagining! One question: is each ruffle layer smaller than the previous layer? Do I need to cut several sizes of circles, or are the lower layers all the same size?

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    1. Thank you. A cake contest sounds fun. The pink flower and the second white flower has two large circles on the bottom and two medium circles on top. The first white flower (middle picture) has three large circles on the bottom, two medium circles in the middle, and one small circle on top. I hope this helps. Good luck with the cake contest.

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  6. About how long does it take for these flowers to dry?

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    1. Not long. If you use gum paste, it should only take a couple of hours to dry enough to move it. I would let it dry at least 24 hours. If you use fondant with tylose, it will take longer.

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  7. This is EXACTLY what I needed for my best friends birthday cake, I'm so impressed, I can't wait to try!!!

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    1. Great, I'm glad you like them. Thanks.

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  8. Thank you for your beautiful tutorial! I am needing to learn how to make these ruffle roses for a wedding cake that I am making in August. Do you know how much gum paste and/or fondant I would need to make enough flowers to cover an entire 8 inch cake (top and sides)? Thank you!

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    1. One packet of gum paste should be enough, but I would probably get two just in case. I tend to go overboard with supplies and ingredients. :)

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