Sweet Talk

Flowers and Cake Design

Hints and Advice

Lesson 1

  • We recommend using Wilton’s pre-colored Fondant to color Fondant and Gum Paste. The color will hold better and is less messy than using Icing Colors. The texture, consistency and properties of the Fondant or Gum Paste will be maintained when making intense colors.
  • When making the Button Flower, allow the Gum Paste rectangle (that you cut with the cutter side of the press) to rest uncovered for a minute or two before moving on to the next step. The more you use the mold the easier it will be to remove the gum paste flowers.
  • When making Royal Icing the most common mistake is under-beating the icing. Even if the icing appears to be stiff, you should continue beating it until it loses its shine; you may have to add a few drops of water if it is too stiff. Do Not Beat on a high setting, be sure and follow the directions in the lesson plan. If using a hand-held mixer, you may have to stop mixing and let the mixer cool down part way through the process. Be sure to keep the icing covered with a damp kitchen towel or cloth while you wait for the mixer to cool off.

Lesson 2

  • We suggest using a glue stick to secure the Icing Flowers squares onto the Flower Nail template however, it is not the only medium you can use. Your Wilton Method Instructor may give you some other ideas, such as double stick tape or Royal Icing.
  • Royal Icing breaks down quickly, so for the best results it will need to be re-beaten frequently. It is not necessary to use a mixer each time you re-beat it; stirring it with a spatula will work well most of the time.
  • Remember the 3 Keys to Successful Cake decorating that you learned in the “Decorating Basics” Course. Always check yourself to be sure your icing is the proper consistency, you are applying the proper amount of pressure to the decorating bag, and that you are holding the decorating bag in the proper position before you begin a flower.

Lesson 3

  • Practice, practice, practice. The time you devote to at home practice will be rewarded with beautiful flowers. Practice makes perfect!
  • Begin thinking about your final cake as you learn to make these new flowers. What colors might you want to use? The color wheel on page 4 of the Flowers and Cake Design Lesson Plan can help you select colors that work well together. Use the colors you choose for your final cake when you practice at home and you will have a head start when preparing for Lesson 4.

Lesson 4

  • Be prepared. Make a cake plan so you know what flowers, icing and supplies you need to take to class. Your final cake may not look exactly as you planned in your design, and that’s OK. Sometimes designs evolve as you create your masterpiece.
  • Bring a camera with you to class. It’s fun to take pictures of your cake and the cakes of the other students.

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