Buttercream Hydrangeas?

Decorating By projectqueen Updated 29 May 2006 , 10:46am by FunnyCakes

projectqueen Posted 26 May 2006 , 4:53pm
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Has anyone made the hydrangea flower with buttercream icing?

Could you post a picture or an explanation? Thanks.

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PinkPanther Posted 26 May 2006 , 9:08pm
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I seem to remember this in the Wilton Course 1 book. It was one of the cakes at the back, and I think they just did it with clusters of drop flowers. I'm at work, so I don't have my book with me. Maybe someone else knows?

fronklowes Posted 26 May 2006 , 11:46pm
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Make a mound of icing for your base (or use a mini ball or mini egg cake), then either attach a bunch of little five-petal flowers or use the drop flower tip 190 and pipe the 5-petal flowers directly onto your cake. A large petal tip like 127 will make the ruffly leaves nicely (or you can leave the leaves out altogether). If you want a two-tone flower, make two separate colors of icing and swirl them together before you put them in your bag. If you spatula stripe it ends up looking really fake, in my opinion.

sweetsuccess Posted 26 May 2006 , 11:59pm
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This is the best I could do. Looks like the buttercream hydrangeas are interpersed with green leaves. This decorator used a five petal flower, but when I took a hyrdrangea gumpaste flower course last week, the flowers had four petals. Petals on top tier look like they are placed on a mound of icing. Hope the photo helps!

fronklowes Posted 27 May 2006 , 3:32am
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The hydrangeas in my yard and at the grocery store where I live all have 5 petals. I've never seen the variety with four petals, personally, but I've read where several people have posted that they've been taught (or have seen demonstrated) to use a 4-petaled flower so I wanted to clarify why I said 5 petals.

Also, every once in a while you see the leaves poking through the dense cluster of flowers, but mostly you see a big ball-shaped cluster of flowers with leaves on the undersides and perimeters. I always think it's strange when I see individual hydrangea flowers scattered on a cake because, in nature, I've always seen them in dense, ball-shaped clusters, not individually unless the wind or a cat got to them and knocked them off of the bush.

I don't mean to sound rude, but I think the four-petaled flower is a ploy some the the companies use to make you think you have to purchase another cutter from them in order to make the flower properly.

The site won't let me make another post, so I'm adding to my old one---where I live there are two types of petals. One type has smooth edges and lays flat, while the other has rough, ragged edges and looks fluffy.

babynewyear Posted 27 May 2006 , 3:38am
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Im trying to remeber what site I saw them on< they made them with a ruffle tip in a circle. Then added a green dot to the middle. They didnt really look like they had a defined petal.

fronklowes Posted 27 May 2006 , 3:53am
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BTW--Sweetsuccess---your cake is gorgeous! I love it!

projectqueen Posted 28 May 2006 , 4:05am
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Thanks everyone for the suggestions. Sweetsuccess, thanks for posting that photo, the mound of hydrangeas on the top is the look I was thinking about.

All of the hydrangea flowers I have in my backyard, as well as the silk ones inside the house and the ones on the wallpaper in my guest room (can you tell they are my favorite flower icon_wink.gif ) have 4 petals. I have never seen a hydrangea flower with 5 petals. That's interesting, fronklowes, that yours have 5. Where do you live? I guess maybe there are different varieties in different parts of the country? I'm in New York. Do the 5 petal varieties come in the standard hydrangea colors?

fronklowes Posted 28 May 2006 , 5:35am
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I live in Missouri. The five-petal hydrangeas around here that I have seen come in white and the blue-purple ones that you see all the time in pictures. After I wrote that yesterday I went out and looked again and there are some that have four petals. I was able to find them in white, blue-purple, and red.

I'm sorry I got so mad about that yesterday. It just upsets me when people are encouraged to purchase things when they already own something that will work just as well. (And I have two teething 16-month olds in my house right now who are very emotional so I've had a pretty stressful time the last few days, thus, the short fuse.)

Anyway, after seeing the four-petal hydrangeas at the supermarket, I have to say that they are more beautiful than the five-petal ones, so maybe it is worth spending the money on the cutters. It's really surprising to me how much more elegant the flower looks with one less petal, but it does make a difference.

FunnyCakes Posted 28 May 2006 , 11:01am
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This is the photo I'm using to fashion my gumpaste hydrangeas after. The petals are all of the 'four' variety.

But I didn't buy a new cutter - I just used a small five-petal one and folded one back. It worked really well since I was able to use the excess to pull out a calyx.


projectqueen Posted 28 May 2006 , 12:24pm
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LOL, fronklowes, you didn't sound THAT mad! icon_lol.gif Gosh, with two 16 month olds running around...I don't know how you have time for anything else at all! I only have one 3 year old and I can barely pull it off. I admire you!

FunnyCakes, how did you fold back the extra petal? Just pull the other 4 around and sort of center them? Did you peel off the extra? I'm just trying to understand. Could you post a picture when you finish?

FunnyCakes Posted 28 May 2006 , 3:47pm
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Projectqueen - I'll try to post the pics for you. It will be easier to understand that way.

sweetsuccess Posted 28 May 2006 , 3:50pm
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Originally Posted by FunnyCakes

Projectqueen - I'll try to post the pics for you. It will be easier to understand that way.

Really clear instructions. Your flowers are beautiful!!!

projectqueen Posted 29 May 2006 , 2:33am
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That is so cool, FunnyCakes. They look great!

I'm assuming you attach a wire to each one of those flowers and then gather the wires to make a ball shape? How did you get the dot in the center? Just make a tiny gumpaste dot and glue it on somehow? (Can you tell I'm a newbie? icon_rolleyes.gif )

Thanks so much for the detailed pictures. That helped a lot.

FunnyCakes Posted 29 May 2006 , 10:46am
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Yes, I made tiny gumpaste dots, some white, some blue first and after putting the wire in - I took a toothpick and I have a wet sponge that I poked it gently in - just to dampen the toothpick and carefully poked it into the center of the flower to slightly moistened the hole and then used it to pick up the tiny ball - it would still stick and place it in the hole.

Once I got it down - I could make about one flower a minute - and I sailed right through.

I used a plastic Bride's posy from Hobby Lobby for the ball, they have Styrofoam in them and the wires went in nicely. That ball wasn't finished, it didn't have the leaves around the bottom yet - but it gives you the general idea.

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