Help-Need Tropical Type Flowers For Cake And Cuppies

Decorating By rocketmom1985 Updated 16 Apr 2009 , 11:13pm by ThisNameInUse

rocketmom1985 Posted 21 Jan 2009 , 2:40pm
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I kinda dropped the ball on this 'lil cake I am making icon_surprised.gif

I am making a tiki type totem for a luau tomorrow night at the place we are wintering in Texas. I need to find some tropical type flowers to add to the cuppies and around the cake. I have the Wilton gumpaste kit with the cutters, etc, but there are few tropical flowers in there, plus I am not very "accomplished" with gumpaste at this point! Any ideas on some easy BC, RI or fondant flowers I can use? I do know how to do a lily using the cup thing's that we learned in Wilton 3 class last week.

Thanks for any help, suggestions or even tutorials or picture sites of how to's you can provide.

PS...I do have all day to play and practice...being retired is such a good thing! icon_wink.gif

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tiggy2 Posted 21 Jan 2009 , 3:54pm
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CenterpieceSweets has some very nice ones in the gallery. I would send her a pm and ask for instructions. They look like they are done with the 104 rose tip but I'm not good at explaining how to do it. You could also go to cakegenie's web site and see if there is anything there that would help you.

gr8_seamstress Posted 21 Jan 2009 , 4:10pm
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Using your lily nail make Petunia like flowers like in course 3........but make them in bright colors like Pink, orange, yellow. Use a long stamen in the center giving it a Hibiscus flower look. You can check out my pics. I have a tropical theme cake I made last summer for my grandaughters birthday. Hey it was good enough it even fooled a butterfly! Good luck!

weirkd Posted 21 Jan 2009 , 4:10pm
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I think one of the easiest flowers to make is a jasmine blossom. Also, a lilly is nice and not too hard. Especially an astromeria. If you need help, pm me or email me and I can try to help you out.

BCJean Posted 21 Jan 2009 , 4:12pm
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I have this cake which I made with Hibiscus flowers. They are made from buttercream, using a tip #104. I like the bright colors for a luau theme.
LL

liapsim Posted 21 Jan 2009 , 4:24pm
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Also, try to search around in YouTube.com. there are tons of tutorials on flowers that you could watch...HTH!

SugarMoonCakeCo Posted 21 Jan 2009 , 4:27pm
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what about fondant/gumpaste frangipani (hawiian flower used for a lei)

they're uber-easy - pm me for instructions if you wish...

my gallery: http://www.sugarmooncakeco.com/gallery.html
has a photo of a cake with them, page 9 white cake called "hawaiian dream"

it was my first attempt at them, but i would definitely do them again!

GRAMMASUE Posted 21 Jan 2009 , 4:34pm
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I've made these hibiscus flowers several times for cupcakes. They are really easy. I use fondant and a 5 petal rose cutter to make them.
LL

cupcakemkr Posted 21 Jan 2009 , 4:36pm
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here is the best frangipani/plumeria flower tutorial I've seen:
http://www.cakejournal.com/archives/frangipani-tutorial

Good luck!

SugarMoonCakeCo Posted 21 Jan 2009 , 4:40pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by cupcakemkr

here is the best frangipani/plumeria flower tutorial I've seen:
http://www.cakejournal.com/archives/frangipani-tutorial

Good luck!





love it! - same one i use, just mine happens to be on paper! good link!

rocketmom1985 Posted 21 Jan 2009 , 6:56pm
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Oh my gosh...you guys are terrific! Thank you so much for all the info...
I think I can do this! icon_biggrin.gif

ThisNameInUse Posted 15 Apr 2009 , 6:45pm
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GRAMMASUE....Do you have a tutorial on how you made the hibiscus flower?


The shape, the colors, sooooo beautiful!

GRAMMASUE Posted 16 Apr 2009 , 11:21am
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Thank you!
I don't have a tutorial, but they are very easy to make. I used marshmallow fondant and a 5 petal rose cutter. First I colored the fondant with bright colors (Americolor Gels), then just cut out the flower and shaped the petals a little with a ball tool. I brushed the centers with a contrasting color of luster dust and attached the small piece of fondant in the center for the flower stamen. They are not really true to life hibiscus, but the bright colors make them look very pretty.

lordbuffington Posted 16 Apr 2009 , 8:36pm
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Grammasue - I sure wish I was closer to Cincinnati! I would beg you for an in-person lesson! I just got wrangled into making a Hawaiian themed birthday cake for next weekend and I would love to put these flowers on as my cake topper. If I have the time, I might try it...these are so pretty and probably a lot less expensive than the real hibiscus I was going to order.

Andrea

mashmellow Posted 16 Apr 2009 , 10:40pm
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I need to know how to make hibiscus, my sister is having a luau party next month, I will try to follow Grammasue instructions to make the flower, see if I can do them.

ThisNameInUse Posted 16 Apr 2009 , 11:13pm
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GrammaSue...do you give lessons?

<fingers crossed>


I live near Cincinnati, about 30 minutes northeast of downtown.

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