Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The Grace of a Single Flower

It's not much of a secret that I really like the look of colorful bouquets of sugarpaste flowers. It's definitely becoming part of my design style. I love to mix various shapes, sizes and colors, hopefully ending up with luxuriant, full-looking, abundant bouquets that are teeming with flowers, buds and leaves.

Here are several of my favorites:

So, it was a little more challenging for me to make this cake knowing that it would be decorated with a single flower. Happily, the flower was a peony, and it needed to be large and comprised of many petals. Full and ruffled, yet soft and simple at the same time, it was the perfect way to top a cake designed with clean lines and delicate details.

The peony began with a styrofoam center:

Adding petals to cover the center:

Many petals later...the completed peony flower:

And the leaves:

Offset on the top tier:

And the final cake on a coordinating ceramic stand:

As this cake came together, I found myself easily convinced about a single sugarpaste flower as a wonderful choice for decoration. It has its own charm, and the elegant, clean lines are definitely a style I want to keep creating!


Rafael Logrono said...

I love your sugar flowers!! You do awesome cakes. I featured you on my blog. Check it out!!

-Rafael :)

Keith Kirby said...

As always, absolutely stunning!

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faithy said...

Stunning flowers!! I esp. love the peony flower on the white cake..it's simple but yet so perfect, beautiful & elegant!!! Just neat work!

BellaLovesPink said...

Your flowers are amazing...and peonies are my favorite!! Gorgeous!

Jennywenny said...

So beautiful. I really love to try this sort of thing, but never seem to find the time. Hopefully over the holiday period I'll find some time to at least practice my roses!

Caroline Whitaker-Lenton said...

just seen your blog, Jacqueline. Am in awe of your work. Fancy coming to Australia to do some classes with my cake association?

Your tutorials are great! really easy to understand.


Caroline :)