Elegant Fondant Petal Cake~A Cake Decorating Video Tutorial

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Today I'm going to show you how to make an elegant fondant petal cake which would be perfect for all sorts of celebrations.


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In this video tutorial, you will learn to make a beautiful cake adorned with fondant petals, a matching gum paste flower, and scrollwork.  

This elegant fondant petal cake design is perfect for weddings or any occasion that calls for a beautiful centerpiece. Petal cakes are very much in style right now, and the look is surprisingly simple to achieve!

**For a similar look in buttercream, you may enjoy our Shabby Chic Buttercream Rose Cake or our Buttercream Petal Cake video tutorials. 


*Tiers in any size would work well for this cake. My bottom tier is an 8" double barrel cake which is a total of 4 layers (6 inches) high, with a cardboard cake circle and dowels beneath. We have a video tutorial on a double barrel cake if you are curious! -- My top tier is a 6" round and stands approximately 4 inches tall. Both tiers are covered in fondant.

Satin Ice (white) was used to cover both 8" and 6" tiers before decorating

Satin Ice fondant tinted with a very small amount of Americolor Deep Pink

Gum Paste fondant tinted with a very small amount of Americolor Deep Pink (for our flower)

Cel Pad/Foam - I used this to cushion my petals as I softened the edges.  If you don't have one, experiment with a Viva paper towel or smooth napkin on top of a folded dish cloth or stack of napkins.

Ball Tool - I find the metal ball tools easiest to work with.

"Sugar Glue" or Piping Gel  for attaching petals.  You may even find that water works well for you.

Petal Cutters- I used a 5 petal blossom cutter (110 mm "JEM Easy Rose Cutter"), but as you saw in the video, you can achieve great results with simple circle cutters or piping tips.

Bead Maker- Optional--Used for pearl border.  Mine is an 8mm, and is similar to this one.

Sugar Pearls- I used India Tree pearl dragees, but Wilton and other brands make them too.

Optional:  I brushed a little dry Super Pearl Dust onto my finished pearl border.

Plastic/Vinyl- I kept my fondant and gum paste petals under plastic before I softened/frilled them so that they wouldn't become too dry.

Tylose: Optional - Tylose can be kneaded into fondant to make it dry more quickly and to make it firmer.  If you don't have gum paste and would like to speed up the dry time of your flower, you can knead in some tylose to create a gum paste-like product.

Cocktail Straw- I used as a barrier for the floral wire and as an anchor for the center of the flower

Stamen- I used misc. white stamens that we had on hand for my center.  You can find these at Michael's and at many places where cake decorating supplies are sold.

26 gauge floral wire - Any gauge is fine as long as you can easily bend & manipulate it.  Used for binding the stamen and also for anchoring the flower.

Small Round Piping Tip-- I used a Wilton 2 but any small round is fine (for scrollwork)

Crusting Vanilla Buttercream or Royal Icing - For scrollwork

Miscellaneous:  Substantial (½" thick or more) Cake base or pedestal, supports for doweling the tiered cake as well as within the bottom tier if yours is a double barrel cake like mine.  Cardboard or foam core cake circles to support each tier.



This cake is much less difficult than it looks, and much less difficult than my long list of supplies suggests!!

Remember that you can improvise and tweak certain aspects of the design and still come out with a cake very similar to mine.  Maybe your petals will be only from round cutters, or from the same size cutter...or maybe your petals will overlap more than mine.  

You may want to experiment with the gum paste flower also--although I did find this "build-as-you-go" flower design a very easy but elegant choice! ;0) --

As I mentioned in the tutorial, I have not attached petals to a cake that was frosted with a non-crusting buttercream.  It is possible that the moisture from the buttercream could cause the petals to soften and flatten.  So, I would suggest a practice run (even if just frosting a plate and placing petals onto it).

I haven't had any issues with attaching petals to cakes that are frosted with a crusting buttercream (like our classic vanilla buttercream or fluffy vanilla buttercream).  

Just apply the lightweight petals with a dot of fresh buttercream.  However, as I often say, conditions in my area may be different than yours, so it is always a good idea to do a trial run (place petals on frosted plate or glass) before taking on a large order.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  1. Thanks for the response, I forgot to ask about how many petals did it take to cover your cake? your cake is a 8" cake, my order is for a 10" cake. I will be also using your high ratio frosting and homemade fondant.

  2. Hi Carol- I'm glad that you are making this! Just looking at our photo, I can see approx 50 petals and so I'm guessing my cake had in the neighborhood of 100-125 maybe. I would just cut out several petals and see how many it takes to make one row that reaches all the way around a 10" pan or dummy. Then multiply that number by the approximate number of rows you'll have based on the height of your tier (I had 6 rows). I'm sure the cake will be beautiful, let us know how it goes!

  3. Will the flowers be hard and fragile when the cake is being cut? If traveling with the cake should the cake be place in an air tight cake carrier.

  4. Hi Sylvia- The petals will be a bit dry but should still be soft enough to cut. I would keep the cake or petal tiers in bakery boxes or something that can breathe a little. I find that when I put fondant in airtight containers, they tend to go flat due to the moisture trapped inside of the carrier. I hope this helps

  5. Do you think it would work also to attach the petals on the bottom tier to butter cream instead of covering the cake in fondant first.

  6. Hi Mary Jane, I just haven't tried this. If the petals are rolled extremely thin, I think that it could work with a crusting buttercream. However, I would prefer either to cover the cake with fondant, or white chocolate ganache (3:1 ratio of chocolate to cream) so that you can be sure that you are starting with a nice, firm base layer.