Thursday, July 5, 2012

Easy Fondant Roses

Most of the things that are very famous and talked about are controversial. It applies to Fondant cakes too. People either love fondant or hate it. I am not talking about people who eat the cake, but people who work on decorating the cakes. Some people love buttercream so much that they do not even want to think about fondant. Some people vouch for fondant so much that they refuse to work with buttercream. If you need piping skills for buttercream, you need modelling skills for fondant. Whether one likes fondant or not, nobody can disagree that they can make cakes beautiful and so much real for a lot of projects. One of the main part of fondant decoration is the flowers on wedding cakes. You cannot place plastic flowers (yes, you could, but they don't look great, plus there is no personal thing about it) and not all fresh flowers are edible plus you cannot get all kinds of flowers at all the time. So, fondant and gumpaste flowers have their own market.
This post is about not how to make the real traditional fondant rose. I made those when I took cake decorating class and I know how time consuming they are. You make the base, let it dry, add one row of petals, let them dry and add the next and next and let the whole flower dry. Forget about the drying time, making them itself is an elaborate process.
Here is what Duff Goldman taught how to make roses in a jiffy. Remember, they don't look anywhere closer to what the real rose looks like, but they work and have a contemporary look if I may say so. These are cute and you can either top the center of a large cake with a bunch of them or just top each cupcake with one and put a leaf or two in between.
Step 1: Roll the fondant on a surface dusted lightly with corn starch.
Step 2: Cut three circles using a cookie cutter. You could use any sized cutter you wish. Same sized three circles is what you need.
Step 3: Place them overlapping as shown.
Step 4: Brush the center with some water as shown to act like glue.
Step 5: Roll them tight like a cylinder.
This is how it looks..
Step 6: Cut in the middle of the cylinder to get two pieces. And spread them a little bit with your hand or the ball tool. The fondant I have used was so dry that it cracked a little. If you use half fondant and half gumpaste, you can make thinner petals and they won't crack.
Few pictures of the rose made with a bigger cutter..
I have tried to thin the edges a bit.
Here is two sizes..
I know they don't look anywhere closer to what the traditional fondant rose is, but when you are pressed for time, you could make these.

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28 comments:

  1. you are so talented - I've learned so much from your posts this week

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    1. Thanks for your kind words Mireille.

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  2. Great post Champa ! very beautifully explained.....These roses look awesome ! Do u have the fondant recipe ? Sorry aim running out of time lest i would have gone through ur blog for that post (if theres is any:)) !

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    1. Yes, I have two recipes that make fondant. One is vegan.Vegan fondant - http://versatilekitchen.blogspot.com/2010/06/vegan-fondant-well-almost.html,
      Marshmallow fondant - http://versatilekitchen.blogspot.com/2010/04/marshmallow-fondant.html

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  3. Loved it... Pls pls keep posting tips like these :)

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  4. thats such a neat and easy process. I dont have petal cutters so always make individual petals by hand and then make rose. how do you make bigger roses with more ptals?

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    1. Sayantani,
      The standard wilton rose cutter set comes with three sized cutters. But, I have seen better ones where there are 5 - 7 cutters for the petals. You will have to use them and keep on adding more layers. Generally it is 3 petals, 5 petals and 7 and that's it. If you keep increasing like that, you get big fat beautiful roses. But make sure you make the base strong enough to support all the petals.

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  5. Wow those fondant roses looks damn cute..Thanks for sharing.

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  6. wow awesome fondant roses..very nicely done!

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  7. Very well explained Champa.Love all the pic, and looks cute.

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  8. Wow this is so nice way of making roses, thanks for sharing.

    Rashmi

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  9. Thank you for yet another useful cake decorating post. Loved the pics and the instructions..
    I may not be pressed for time to make the traditional fondant roses, but I'm definitely pressed for talent & creativity to make them. These simple ones look almost doable for a novice decorator. Will definitely try them out.
    Thank you once again for sharing your tips & tricks.

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    1. Pavani,
      Thanks for such kind words. This made my day.

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  10. Champa..really hats off..u r actually talented..have always loved u r breads and cakes..and these cake decorating tips are mind blowing...and at the same time they r inspiring me to get bac to my cakes..which I gave up long back.

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  11. Hi Champa,

    Very beautiful... It is a very useful decorating post.. with step wise photos... Helps a lot!!!

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  12. Excellent post champa and the roses are gorgeous. I have just started baking and am turning to simple cake decorations.These posts are so useful and please do share your cake decor tips with us :).Thanks for the excellent step by step pics :)

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  13. So so Beautiful Champa I have no words iam just watching those cute beautiful roses...

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  14. I don't know when I'm gonna muster the courage to decorate a cake (my daughter is trying by all means;). But now I know where to look for easy ways to start testing the waters of cake decoration. Thanks Champa, the easy method of making roses is just awesome. I know I can impress at least my daughter to begin with (she's sometimes easy to please).

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  15. Beautiful. You explained it well.

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  16. Awesome posts this past week Champa. You are on a roll. :-) keep it going. Enjoying the posts and bookmarking them for reference. These are very comprehensive and informative. Love your work. Have a great day.

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  17. The roses look so cute. I have bookmarked your vegan fondant recipe...

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  18. OMG Champa, those are awesome!..kudos on explaining it so well..

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  19. Hi champa first time here. The roses look amazing I am not sure if I can ever make this.

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  20. Champa, you are so talented and patient! I am learning fondant decoration and so happy to have got inputs from you:) Happy following you!!
    Cheers

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  21. Great post! And the Fondant roses look awesome!

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  22. Loved your post.Learning another art now.Thanks for sharing

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