I am trying to make a cake, and dont know what icing to use, or even how to make a plumeria.... can anyone help. I really want to make the plumerias out of icing or whatever else, but I am very very new at this and need step by step help.... can anyone give me some ideas... or links please... pictures always are helpfull!!!
They are actually quite easy to make out of gumpaste, or 50/50 gumpaste and fondant. My scanner isn't working, or I'd send you the instructions, but if you can imagine it, the petal is a very elongated rose petal/teardrop shape. Roll out your gumpaste quite thickly - this is a fleshy flower - and with a small balling tool, run just inside the edge of the cut petal, to give it that distinctive curl. Arrange the petals in a fan shape, then roll and twist the bottom. I sit mine in a liqueur glass lined with foil to dry, so that I can control how "open" they'll be. These flowers are best coloured with a soft brush and petal dust after they dry - it looks more natural.
If you google using images, check both plumeria and frangipani - lots of lovely examples!
HTH - Let us know how you get on!
Thank you so much for your instructions. This walk thru was invaluable for a tropical cake I just did.
Great Directions OzCookie. I'm sure these are very life like. If you want to do them a little faster, all I do is roll my fondant (mixed with Tylose) about the thickness of a tortilla then I cut them with a petal cutter and flatten one of the sides with my thumb. That way there is a little "ridge" on one edge. You should have 5 petals per flower and you want to attach them together with each petal facing the same direction. I have a couple plumeria cakes in my gallery - take a look. Good Luck, they really are one of the easier flowers.