Giant Wafer Paper Flowers - A quick how to guide
I am little bit obsessed with wafer paper and it's zillions uses... I even used it in my bakes in Episode 1 on The Great Australian Bake Off 2016- the judges loved it! And in episode 2, for Biscuit Week - it's so versatile I even snuck a few wafer butterflies on my show topper in episode 9.... yes.. obsessed....
The idea here is that you can make wafer paper flowers for your cakes even if you have never made fondant or gum paste flowers before, it's a great place to start!
So what do you need to get started? Let's keep it simple ....
A few sheets of any coloured wafer paper you like
A sheet of acetate or 120gsm+ paper to create your petal templates
A pair of snippy scissors - pointy ends work best!
A clean paint brush
A little gum paste - my weapon of choice is Satin Ice Gum Paste
A pack of 22 gauge florist wires - snipped into approx. 10cm lengths (usually 3 per wire)
A roll of florist tape or 5mm masking tape will do
A little sugar glue or water to stick things together
Step 1 - To get started, Google a petal template - hundreds will pop up, I went for a magnolia for this tutorial in 2 sized petals. Print it out and cut it out.
Step 2 - Cut out your petals using your template. 5 of each size of petals. And then snip a little slit up the back end of each petal.
Step 3 - Roll a ball of gum paste and shape into a cone shape. Grab a wire and bend the end into a hook shape, dip it into a tiny amount of sugar glue or water and stick it gently into the base of the cone centre, and smooth the gum paste around the wire to secure it into place.
Step 4 - With the tip of your scissors, snip along the outside of the gumpaste cone, teasing the ends out slightly as shown. Set it aside to dry (Couple of hours or over night is even better)
Step 5 - Brush a small amount of sugar glue or water at the base of each petal and place one of your wires as shown and gentle bend the petal a little so that it crosses over and secures the wire into place. Once they are dry, you can petal dust to give some colour if you like :)
Step 7 - Brush very lightly the lip of the petal with plain water, use the end of your paint brush to curl the edges a little to give the petal some natural movement.
Step 8 - Assembly - using 5 of your favourite smaller petals arrange them about the centre and wrap the wire to secure them into place, you can still move them around to get them sitting the way you want them. Then arrange the outer 5 petals and tape into place...
Tadarrrrrr - a wafer paper flower completed in minimum time with minimal fuss and equipment!
Now practice different sizes, shapes and colour!
For the full version of this tutorial, petal dusting, how to secure stamens etc - duck (quack) over to my website, Moreish Cakes!
Luck, love and lollipops, Monica <3