Easy Fondant Rose Tutorial

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Ever wondered how to make a fondant rose?  Fondant roses are easy to make with this step by step tutorial that doesn't use any special cutters or equipment.

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Are you thinking of spring and flowers yet?  It's going to be about 80 degrees here today, so I am.  (And I'm dreading the upcoming summer--all of you cold people can mock me then.)  This weekend I'm throwing a tea party birthday for my friend's mother, and I thought I'd show you how I like to make my fondant roses.

Teapot cake decorated with fondant roses and tea party cupcakes on a tiered glass cake stand.

 I even make my gum paste roses this way, usually, because it's so quick and easy, and I don't feel like pulling out the gumpaste cutters and letting the roses dry upside down and all that rigamaroll.  This is way easier.

Cake shaped like a tower of yellow fondant roses, surrounded by fluttering pink butterflies.

One fondant rose looks pretty cool, but if you put a whole bunch of them together, they're really something special!  I made this cake for my daughter's second birthday.  Her nickname is Tykki-dyw (the Cornish word for butterfly--my website is named after her, but with a simplified spelling ;-) ), so we had a butterfly birthday party.  

Materials for Making Fondant Roses:

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How to Make Fondant Roses:

Step 1) Pull off a small quantity of fondant.  Keep the rest of the fondant in an airtight bag while you're not using it.  Roll the lump of fondant into a ball, and then pinch it into a teardrop shape.

Step 2) Pull off another small quantity of fondant, about the same size as the teardrop.  Roll into a ball, and then flatten it against the oiled counter into a thin disk.  Make one half extra thin.  That will be the rose petal.

Step 3) Wrap your rose petal around the fondant teardrop.  This creates the center of the rose.  Be sure that the thin edge of your petal is the pretty part at the top of the rose.

Step 4) Make another petal and add it to the rose.  

Continue adding petals to the rose until it's the size you need.  

It looks great, doesn't it?  But it's got a great big bulky mass at the bottom of the rose.  Don't worry!

Step 5) Grab the rose gently in one hand, and pinch and twist off the bulky extra fondant at the base with the other hand.  This pinches the petals of the roses together so it won't fall apart (even without any vodka or other edible "glue"), and it gets rid of that unsightly bulk.  Use that pinched off leftover fondant to create the teardrop shaped centers for the next one or two roses!

Removing extra bulk at the bottom of a fondant rose when making fondant roses.

Tips for Making Fondant Roses:

  • Color your fondant before forming the roses.

  • Spray your counter lightly with oil to prevent the fondant from sticking to the surface.  You could also use corn starch or powdered sugar, but that dries it out, and can even affect the color.  One of those aerosol cans of cooking oil is the way to go.

  • Roses look best if you use an odd number of petals:  3 for a small bud, 5 for a normal rose, 7 for a large rose.

Pile of many fondant roses made in varying shades of yellow.

Uses for Fondant Roses:

Can I use this Fondant Rose Technique with Other Materials?

Yes!  I've used this technique to sculpt roses out of:

Rolled buttercream roses on a pink and white striped cake.

This is a rolled buttercream rose.  It's American buttercream made so thick and stiff that you can actually model with it, like fondant, but it tastes like buttercream. The technique is the same with any material you can shape and model.

And if you want it all in one gigantic pinnable image, here you go:

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