Royal Icing Or Fondant Poinsettia?

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fytar Posted 1 Nov 2005 , 5:38pm
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I want Poinsettias on three different cakes I am making in December. I just don't know which is easiest to make - royal icing flowers or MMF. Does anyone have directions for the fondant/gumpaste poinsettia?

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ayost43 Posted 1 Nov 2005 , 5:41pm
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BlakesCakes Posted 2 Nov 2005 , 1:54am
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I was finishing up Course III around Christmas last year.

We learned to make poinsettias with royal icing, so my final cake had those cascading down the 2 tiers. I made them in red, pink, white, and pink/white striped. I also did them in small, medium, and large. They were sooo easy and they looked super. I did the centers with the grass tip using yellow and I dusted them with white edible glitter.

The large ones had to dry for nearly 4 days as they were really thick on the bottoms. After they dried, I turned them upside down and piped long points on the backs so that I could stick them into the cake. I added some fresh icing to the backs to hold them to the buttercream when I used them to decorate.

The royal flowers are very dimensional and the fondant/gumpaste ones are less so. Just a personal choice, I guess.

Have fun!

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TamiAZ Posted 2 Nov 2005 , 2:07am
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Have you ever heard of patchwork cutters?? There is a pointsettia cutter that is beautiful, fairly easy to use and quick... You do need to use gumpaste when you use the cutters. Nicholas lodge has a really easy tylose gumpaste recipe on his site. You can get the cutters at or

Here's a picture of one I made in a class...

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TamiAZ Posted 5 Nov 2005 , 12:08am
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bump.... See, we didn't ignore you!! icon_lol.gif

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MariaLovesCakes Posted 5 Nov 2005 , 12:10am
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You can also do them with buttercream.... I did some right on the cake and came out pretty....

I think I got a pick in my photos...

No, I don't. If I find it, I will post it...

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bikegal Posted 5 Nov 2005 , 3:06am
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Tami, that is absolutely beautiful!

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charlieinMO Posted 5 Nov 2005 , 3:17pm
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TamiAZ that is beautiful!! I just love it!

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