Make miniature fondant sunflowers to make darling mini cupcakes or decorate a cake. It really is super simple!
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Fondant SunFlower Supplies
Most all of these supplies can be purchased at a cake decorating store.
- gel paste food coloring (golden yellow for sunflowers, but the flowers could be any color you like)
- a small bit of white fondant
- plastic gloves to protect hands from the coloring
- rolling pin
- cornstarch or powdered sugar
- daisy fondant cutting tool
- piping gel
- brown sanding sugar
What is Fondant?
Fondant is typically made of sugar, water, and corn syrup and sometimes contains gelatin as well. It can even be made from melted marshmallows, powdered sugar, and water. Fondant is totally edible. It can be rolled into thin sheets and then draped over a cake to create a smooth presentation or molded into a variety of decorations.
How to Make Sunflowers Out of Fondant
This step by step fondant sunflower tutorial will show you just what to do. These steps can be used to creating any color of flower you like.
Mix golden yellow food coloring gel paste with a small bit of fondant. This amount made about 30 flowers.
Knead between fingers until it is evenly worked in.
Roll fondant out into a thin sheet about 1/8″ thick or less. A small silicone covered child sized rolling pin or fondant rolling pin works great! Use a tiny amount of powdered (confectioner) sugar or cornstarch to prevent sticking to the table.
Use a small daisy cookie cutter or a special daisy cutter tool to cut the fondant. Place the cutter on the fondant. Press the base (not the plunger) of the cutter firmly into the fondant. With the cutter touching the table slightly slide the cutter and fondant together back and forth across the table to make sure you have a sharp cut and the fondant is not sticking to the table. Now, while still firmly pressing the base of the cutter into the fondant, push the plunger firmly into the fondant, this makes the center of the fondant sunflower raised. Lift up the entire cutter and use the plunger to remove the flower.
Take piping gel and make a dot on the center of each flower. The piping gel acts like an edible glue for the sanding sugar.
Place the flower face down into brown sanding sugar to make the centers. Pick up and brush away any extra granules and push stray granules to the center.
Bake up some cupcakes. Once they have cooled completely, frost. Add a little fondant sunflower and you have the cutest little cupcakes.