We’ve all been there. You’re working on a cake and all of a sudden realize that you could really use a few roses to finish it out. But let’s face it, we often don’t have time to make a gorgeous gumpaste rose. Yet at the same time, a rolled ribbon rose just won’t cut it either.
Well, you’re in luck, because I’m going to show you a quick and easy fondant rose for just such moments. All you need is some fondant (gumpaste or a 50/50 mix would work as well) and a Ziploc bag. That’s right. I did say a Ziploc bag.
First things first. You’ll want to cut off the zip top on your Ziploc bag to make it more easily accessible. Sometimes I also cut down one side, but that is up to you.
Next, make 3 small balls of fondant. I usually shoot for something about the size of a pea. Place inside the bag, and rub in a circular motion to turn the balls into flat rounds. Make sure you focus on one edge to thin it out for the top edge of the petal.
One of the beauties of using the Ziploc bag is that the bag keeps your extra petals from drying out as you shape them!
So take out your first petal and start a tight spiral.
Now add a couple more petals keeping the spiral tight and always tucking the beginning of each petal under the end of the previous petal.
At this point, you can start gently curling the edges of the petals down and allowing your rose to open up more as you continue to add petals in the same manner.
Isn’t she lovely!?
Not bad for zero cutters or special tools, am I right? However, if you look at it from the side, it’s a little tall for my taste. We don’t want it to look awkward once we put it on the cake and try to decorate around it.
But don’t worry! There’s an easy fix. Either grab some scissors and cut off the bottom or just pinch and twist to pull off the excess.
Now adhere to your cake, add some decor, and you are all set!
Give it a try, and let me know how it works for you! Until next time, happy caking!