Everything's coming up roses

Since embarking on my cake decorating journey I've been desperate to learn sugar flowers.

I've struggled to find a class nearby and I thought I had to buy lots of complicated cutters and tools - that was until I discovered David Cakes on YouTube.

This fabulous cake shop based in the UK has put together some really informative videos on how to make fondant flowers without cutters. And you know what - its pretty easy. If you can roll a small blob of fondant into a ball and flatten it out between your fingers, then you can create a gorgeous rose.

The roses above were my first efforts. And without blowing my own horn, I think they're pretty great!

They need to dry, and of course I should have used gum paste to ensure they dry out properly, but I don't care. I now know I can do them. Sure they don't have green calyxes on their bases, but on a cupcake - who needs one? Some hand piped leaves will do the trick quite nicely.

Stay tuned for a dressed up cupcake featuring the roses.
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