how to make a large sunflower with fondant

by Diana
(Arvad, CO)

I need to make a large sunflower with fondant for the center of a graduation cake. I need suggestions on how to make the center and petals. Thanks, Diana

From the editor:

Hi Diana,

Here's what you do:

1. Use a pizza cutter to cut large petals (about 6" long) from yellow fondant and insert a wire into one end of each petal. Dry them for a few days on a curved surface, like the insert from a fruit box - you don't want flat petals. You can also make these up to a month in advance.

2. Depending on how large you want your finished sunflower, use an upturned cupcake or 4"-6" diameter bowl cake as the center of the flower. Frost the main cake and attach the center to the middle of the cake with buttercream or ganache.

3. Use a piping bag, either without a tip or fitted with a plain pastry tube, to pipe beads of chocolate ganache or chocolate buttercream all over the center of the sunflower.

4. Build your sunflower. Start with the bottom row, then stagger the following rows. Try to get an odd number of petals in each row - it looks more natural.

Good luck and be sure to take lots of pictures so you can come back here and show off your masterpiece.

Michelle (editor)

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