Vintage Ruffle Flowers {July Tutorial Series}

Vintage Ruffle Flowers

During the month of July I have decided to feature different tutorials on techniques that have been requested on Facebook.  First up: vintage ruffle flowers. The month of July is deathly hot in Arizona.  We reverse hibernate around here. The streets are bare, parking lots half full and you really do not see any kids playing outside. Coming up with indoor activities is becoming a little nutty. If you have any good suggestions, I am all ears.  I decided now is a good time to tackle some tutorials while being stuck inside. Well then, I will stop babbling and get to teaching.

Vintage Flower Tutorial

 Tools Needed To Make Vintage Ruffle Flowers:

Vintage Flower Tutorial

STEP 1:

Now that you have all your tools and supplies it’s time to get down to business and make these ruffle flowers.  We are going to make our molds first, that way, while the molds are drying you can make the other part of your flowers. Fill a pastry bag with a handful of candy melts. You can use any color you like. I always have white chocolate candy melts on hand and then use luster dust to tint them different colors.  Put the pastry bag in the microwave on 50% power for two minutes. At the half way mark open the microwave and check the chocolate. If it needs to melt further do it in 10 second blasts.

Vintage Flower Tutorial

Once your chocolate is melted, cut off the tip of your pastry bag and fill the mold. Make sure you get in the grooves and that there are no air bubbles.

Vintage Flower Tutorial

Once the molds are full place them in the freezer to set.

Vintage Flower Tutorial

Side Note: You do not have to use candy melts to make molds. However, I have much greater success getting detail out of the molds using candy melts. You can use fondant or gumpaste in molds as well. Feel free to read this prior blog post showing you some of the differences between what a fondant molded center looks like versus a candy melt.

STEP 2:

Knead your fondant or gumpaste to make it pliable. You may have to rub a little shortening on your hands as you knead the fondant.  Once your fondant has been kneaded properly, sprinkle a little bit of cornstarch on your work surface. This helps keep the fondant/gumpaste from sticking to your surface.

Vintage Flower Tutorial

The above fondant rolling pin is made by Wilton and it comes with two measuring bands. The light pink measuring bands are 1/16th. I roll out the fondant to this width and then run it through my pasta roller on setting number four. {Note: not all pasta rollers are the same} Before running it through the pasta roller make sure the fondant/gumpaste has a nice light coating of cornstarch. Otherwise it can get stuck!

Vintage Flower Tutorial

If you do not have a pasta roller have no fear!! Take off the bands and roll the fondant/gumpaste until you can see through it. It should be paper thin.   See picture below. You can see through the fondant/gumpaste to the lines on my work mat.

Vintage Flower Tutorial

STEP 3:

The fondant is rolled and ready to be cut. The nice part about Ateco’s fluted cutter sets is that you can make flowers of all sizes. Large, medium and small. For this tutorial I chose to do a medium sized flower. If you want to see an example of a large, medium and small flower, click on the following LINK. Pick 4 cutters in the set that you like. The size you pick will determine the size of the flower.

Vintage Flower Tutorial

Once you cut out the circles that you need, roll excess fondant into a ball and wrap with plastic wrap. Once wrapped with plastic wrap, I place in a baggie back in the air tight container.

Vintage Flower Tutorial

 Place fondant circles under a square of plastic wrap, so that the individual circles do not dry out while you are “ruffling”.

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Place largest fondant circle and place on the Ateco molding mat. You can use any foam mat that you like. I prefer the Ateco mat because it is not as “cushy”. <—you like those technical terms! Take the “ball” tool and place it half on the edge of the fondant/gumpaste and half on the mat. Use a back and forth motion going around in a circular motion. Make sure the edges of the fondant/gumpaste have a little cornstarch on it, otherwise your tool can tear the edges as you go around.

STEP 4:

Next, take the stick tool with the pointy end and place it at the center of the circle. You can sub a skewer or tooth pick for the stick tool and get the same effect. Lightly impress and run the tool from the center to the edge of the circle. This gives the flower it’s textured look. Do this technique all the way around the whole circle.

Vintage Flower Tutorial

 Can you see the texture on the circle?

Vintage Flower Tutorial

Place the largest round in a flower former and repeat this step on each of the sizes. Let the rounds sit in the flower formers for about an hour to let them harden a little. You still want the fondant rounds to be a little pliable.

Vintage Flower Tutorial

STEP 5:

Now it’s time to put it all together and layer the rounds on top of one another with sugar glue. You can make sugar glue all sorts of ways. I simply took a little bit of clear vanilla and mixed it with powdered sugar to form a sticky substance.

Vintage Flower Tutorial

Leave the largest circle in the flower former.  Take a brush and dip it into the sugar glue. Place a SMALL amount of the sugar glue in the middle of the fondant circle. Too much sugar glue will break apart the fondant and make it a sticky mess. Place the next sized circle on top of the large circle. Repeat. Make sure to center it the best that you can.

Vintage Flower TutorialGrab your stick tool again and poke it under some of the seams and pinch together. This helps give it that added ruffle, flower look. Does that make sense? See picture below as well. This will give you an idea of how to use the stick tool to lift certain areas, so the flower does not look flat.

Vintage Flower Tutorial

This is what it looks like with the all the layers added, now it’s time to add the chocolate molded center.

STEP 6:

Decisions, decisions, decisions. Which mold to use? I love Way Beyond Cakes by Mayen’s Etsy site. She has a wonderful array of molds. 

Vintage Flower Tutorial

The cool part about making a bunch of white molds is that you can make them ahead of time and keep them in the freezer. Then pop them out and color them what ever your theme is that you are currently doing.

Vintage Flower Tutorial

Which one is your favorite? You can airbrush molds, paint them with petal/luster dust or just leave them alone. Take another dab of sugar glue, place it in the center of the flower and press the mold in the center. Let it dry.

Vintage Flower Tutorial

STEP 7:

This step is completely optional. To give the flower the vintage look, I like adding a sugar pearl border around the mold. Take your brush and apply a small amount of sugar glue around the outside of the mold. Then take your angled tweezers to pick up the sugar pearls and place around the mold. Slightly push in the pearl into the fondant to secure it.

Vintage Flower Tutorial

STEP 8:

Now it is time to let the flower dry. Let the flower dry for at lease 6 hours in the former. After you have let it dry for a little, take a brush and clean up the flower. Brush off any excess cornstarch hanging around. To finish the flower I airbrush it with pearl sheen. If you do not have an airbrush, simply take a large fluffy brush with pearl dust and brush on the surface. This may seem complicated at first, but once you practice a little you will find these are a beautiful addition to a cake that are not too costly. Did you know some flower arrangements on cakes can run $80 and up?

Vintage Flower Tutorial

This simple vintage ruffle flower can dress up any cake.

Vintage Flower Tutorial

If you make ruffle flowers you will have to share pictures of your cakes with me on facebook. I absolutely love seeing what people create.

Enjoy!

45 comments on “Vintage Ruffle Flowers {July Tutorial Series}

  1. So simple but sooo elegant!

  2. Arleti says:

    Beautiful work. Congrats.
    I wonder what do you use on your pasta machine to roll the fondant/gumpaste so it dont glue on it.

    1. You can use cornstarch to keep it from sticking.

  3. Stevi Green says:

    These are gorgeous! I plan to make them for my wedding cake in July. How far in advance can I make them and how should they be stored?
    Thank you!

  4. Michelle says:

    These are fantastic
    I spent four hours making these for my daughters cake this week, simple and beautiful!!
    Thanks for posting

    1. melissa says:

      You are most welcome. You will have to stop by our facebook page and share the flowers you made. I would love to see them.

      1. Michelle says:

        I just need to airbrush them and I’ll post them! The cake will be done Wednesday! I really love how they turned out!

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  6. Miryam says:

    I love the flowers my question is explain how I get the glue to put the center the mold chocolates please.

    1. melissa says:

      Miryam, thank you so much. There are many types of sugar glue. Some you can buy premade. A Brand named Sassie makes and edible sugar glue. http://getsassie.com/edible-sugar-glues/ Others you can make yourself with Tylose powder. Here is a link: http://thesugarlane.com/how-to-make-edible-glue/

  7. You flowers look soo delicate! Lovely tutorial and thank you for the tip about using chocolate for the molds. The centers look super crisp.

    1. melissa says:

      Thank you so much Regina. I am a huge fan of the crisp look of chocolate!

  8. JR says:

    Beautiful! Marina Sousa also has some gorgeous button molds that could be used as flower centers.

    1. melissa says:

      Thank you so much. I will have to check out her molds as well.

  9. Fiona says:

    Thank you for such a great tutorial! May I ask, where did you get your gorgeous mould from? Fiona

    1. Fiona says:

      Sorry, should have read moulds. 🙂

      1. melissa says:

        Did you find the link? If not Cakes by Mayen has an etsy page that sells them.

      2. Fiona says:

        No, no link? I’ll have a look now. Thank you!

      3. Fiona says:

        Duh, helps if one reads! Found them. 🙂

      4. melissa says:

        Yeah! I am so glad you found them.

  10. Soledad Arenas says:

    Beautiful!! Very much needed, Thank You!!!!
    Ciao!

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  12. I just love these! Good job (and thanks for the tutorial!)

  13. Paula says:

    These are so delicate and beautiful and you wrote a fabulous tutorial.

    1. melissa says:

      Thank you Paula! That means so much, coming from such an awesome experienced blogger! Thanks for making my day!

  14. Gosh these are so gorgeous! I guess we will win out having you stuck inside on these hot days 😉 Thanks for sharing!

    1. melissa says:

      Thanks Cristin. Who knew that 113 degrees could inspired blogging? 🙂

  15. Lizy B says:

    great tutorial!!!!….but I still want you to come over and show me how….;)

  16. Samantha says:

    These are so beautiful Melissa!! I love them! What a great tutorial, so clear and easy to follow! I’ll have to give this a try soon! Thank you for sharing 🙂

    1. melissa says:

      I can’t wait to see what you create!

  17. absolutely gorgeous! this will be on my tutorial list for sure!

  18. JIll FCS says:

    Gorgeous, simply gorgeous!

  19. I can’t wait to try this! You my friend, can do it all! Try to stay cool and can’t wait to see what you do next!

  20. These are beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing! Can’t wait to try them! 🙂

    1. melissa says:

      Thank you so much! You have to show me pictures of what you create.

  21. Carol says:

    I am dying to try this, it’s beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing .:) I’m new at using dusts and was wondering what to buy to start with, pearl dust, luster dust, or what? Any suggestions would be helpfull.

    1. melissa says:

      Carol-I hope you enjoy trying them. I would start with pearl dust or shades of pink. It makes everything pretty. That is what I started with and then I started experimenting with different colors. Global Sugar Art and Cal-Java both carry luster dusts, pearl dusts and petal dusts. Luster dusts give a shimmery effect. Petal dust is a matte color. You just simple take a brush and dust them on the flower or mold in the area you want it.

  22. Wow! I love the delicate beauty of these flowers! As a newbie to fondant, this looks a little challenging to me. I’m excited to see what other tutorials are coming this month!

    1. melissa says:

      You can totally do these! These are a breeze in comparison sugar cookies! 🙂

  23. Fantastic tutorial! I can’t wait to try these. Thank you for sharing with us 🙂

    1. melissa says:

      Thanks Melissa! Can’t wait to see what you create!

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