I need to make an anniversary cake with blue hydrangeas. Just wondering if any of you have any tips, etc. on what colors of blue I should use for the hydrangea flowers. Some of the pictures on here with blue hydrangeas look so spot on as far as the real blue flower and I would love to get as close to that as I can. I have delphinium, royal blue, navy, cornflower blue, and sky blue. don't have alot of fondant/gumpaste to waste so thought I would get some ideas before I start coloring.
Thanks in advance for any tips/experience you can share.
I made gum paste hydrangeas for my daughter's wedding cake back in January. As research I bought some hydrangeas and printed out pictures and studied them as well as looking at my neighbor's plants when they were blooming last year. They quite often aren't one solid shade of blue for all the flowers in one head and quite often, even if they are considered "blue" hydrangeas, have hints of white, purple, or green here and there. HTH
The best look would various shades of blue. If you had any blue dusts I would use those to create the looks that way the flowers aren't just one solid shade of one color.
In reality, it is best to create a hydrangea from very pale tinted soft green gumpaste. Why? If you look at a real hydrangea, there are soft green undertones to all shades. When you start with the pale green, you have less shading to do on the underside. Then use dusts to get the blue shading. The best colors in dusts to use are: ice blue and wedgewood and periwinkle for blue shades. Look for Petal Dust, not Luster Dust.
I just made Hydrangeas for a wedding cake only in a melon color but I did play around with a few other colors..I airbrushed mine with a Violet color and they came out great!!The violet is blue but kinda grey so it was perfect.
Thanks to all for your tips. I read the instructions on my hydrangea cutter and it did say (as one of you did) to start with a pale green/ivory gumpaste and then to use dusts. I don't have any blue petal dusts at all and not sure if I'll have time to get any but this sure makes sense to me that it would be the best way to go. So I'll probably just do what one said and use a few different colors of blue to at least get that effect that I seen in the pictures where they are not all one shade of blue. Thanks again for all your help and especially the types of blue petal dust that work best. Next change I get I'm going to get some of those to have on hand.