I absolutely love peonies! They are so fluffy and beautiful and also very statement making on a cake. I bought peony cutters about six month ago and started looking for tutorials, but all of them required wiring. Since I’m not entirely comfortable with wire in my flowers I’ve wanted to find a way to make these beautiful flowers without it. I’ve made a lot of failed attempts but have finally found a way that I think gives great results! So I thought I’d share how I did it!
- Peony cutters ( a set of four cutters)
- A cheap toothpick (cheap toothpicks often have an uneven surface and therefore gives you veining of the petals)
- Thin foam pad
- Edible glue and brush
Note: for all the petals you want to roll out the gumpaste to approximately 1 mm thickness. Place the petals in a zip lock bag or similar when you don’t work with them to prevent them from drying out. Also, keep in mind that the petals on peonies are always bent inwards, towards the center.
1.. Start with rolling a ball of gumpaste and then shape it to more of an oval shape. My ball was slightly smaller than a golf ball.
2.. If the ball has a different color than your flower; cut out one of the smallest petals and attach it across the ball.
3.. Cut out 4 of the smallest petals, put them on the foam pad on by one and roll the toothpick carefully back and forth once to vein and thin the petals. Attach them to the ball according to the two pictures.
4.. For the next row, cut out 6 of the smallest petals, vein and thin as in step 3 and attach them to the ball so that they overlap each other.
5.. Cut out 8 of the second smallest petals, vein and thin and attach it to the ball so they overlap.
6.. Cut out another 8 of the second smallest petals, vein and thin and arrange them according to the picture. Center the “bud” on top and use a LOT of tissue paper to support the petals. Leave the flower to dry overnight or until it’s able to hold its shape. I took these pictures a little later in the making so the bud isn’t supposed to be this big.
7.. Repeat step 6 with the second largest and then the largest cutter. Once all the petals are attached, leave to dry until completely dry.
And that’s basically it! If you want, you can apply some luster dust to add dimension. If you have any questions, just leave a comment and I’ll do my best to answer it.
Thank you for looking, and good luck!