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How To Make A Layered Petal Cake


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I had quite a few cakesters ask how I made the Pretty & Petite petal cake, so I decided to make a tutorial to share. :) You may find along the way an easier method since this was my first attempt at this technique. I hope it helps!!

List of Materials

  • Colored Fondant
  • Small Rolling Pin
  • 5 Petal Cutter (mine is made by Ateco)
  • Sharp Cutting Tool
  • Ball Sculpting Tool
  • Foam Pad
  • Paint Brush
  • Water
  • Fondant Covered Cake

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Gather your materials. Your cake should have a base cover of fondant on it at this time.
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Roll the fondant out fairly thin - the thinner the fondant the more "frill" you will get from the petal. Use your 5 petal cutter to cut out your petals. I rolled out enough fondant to do several flowers at once to save time. They will stay soft if you keep them under plastic wrap.
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Use your sharp cutting tool to separate the petals. You can do this after you frill, but I found before to be easier.
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I used the small end of my ball tool to run along the edge of the petal. If your tool is plastic and has a seam, be sure to use the side of the ball so it doesn't tear the fondant. Running half of the ball on the petal and half on the foam pad will give you a great result. I used the pointed tip as a "handle" while I worked with each petal.
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Cut the point of your petal away with your sharp tool so you can line them up along the cake more evenly.
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Take your brush and water and run it around the area of the cake here you want to place your petal. Be sure to only wet where the top of your petal will go so the whole thing doesn't stick to the cake. If this happens, you won't get the airy result you're looking for. Think of a Post-it notepad. Only the top of the page is sticky.
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Place your petals along the side of the cake, being sure you try to keep your line straight. You can use a toothpick to lift the petals up here and there for a pretty effect.
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Wet the area above the row you just placed, being sure again to only wet the area where the top of the petal will touch.
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Start your second row of petals above the first. Be sure to position this row so that the petals cover the seams of the first set. The way you would stack bricks.
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I've used to different color petals here so you can see the brick effect. Practicing on a glass or bowl is a great way to work on your technique before using it on a cake. Thank you for looking and good luck!!
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Comments (76)

Thank you SO much - you've explained each step perfectly and I can't wait to try it. Your cake is absolutely beautiful too! :)
Thanks so much Chris.....I want to try this technique on my next special cake for one of my special friends or family members.......Love the shading you did with black, Greyson and white shades ! Thanks for your time to post this !!!
I love this cake. Thanks for showing how you did it. Very much appreciated. Excellent work. :-)
Thank you!! Your cake is gorgeous. To document each step is not easy and you really nailed it. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and expertise.
First off BRAVO!!! What a marvelous creation. Thank you for sharing this many perhaps would not have; what an open heart you have. Second: ITS A TUTORIAL woooohooooo you totally rock! I can't wait to try this cake and the tutorial feels like it was a video not a thing missed. Indeed CC members will enjoy this treat. :) :)
I have thought and thought and tried to come up with something spectacular for my Grandmothers 100th Birthday cake. She is a delicate beautiful flower herself and I THANK YOU for this idea. I hope you don't mind if I borrow this. It is simply BEAUTIFUL and perfect for this momentous occasion!!!! You'e the greatest!!!
Thanks for the tutorial i can't wait to try this :)
this is a great technique-thanks so much for sharing with us! Recently on Cake Boss he made (and his employee) a million of these petals and put them all over the tiered cake-made 3 for a movie set. It was pretty-but yours with the layered and ombre color effect, plus the band and flower on top makes me want to make one. Beautiful and so well done!
Beautiful cake and great tutorial! What a great idea to practice on a glass! I never would have thought of that.
A really elegant cake & a wonderful tutorial.
Thank you SOOO much for taking the time to put this together!! I can't wait to try it!! BTW, your cake is GORGEOUS!!!
My granddaughter turns one in March and this cake done in shades of pink would be a great addition to her celebration! Thank you for such clear instructions. Brilliant idea to practice on the glass.
thank you so much.Practicing on glass is a great idea!
Beautiful cake! Thank you for the tutorial!
I'm looking forward to trying this but I have to ask -- where did you get that fabulous 5 petal rose cutter??? I've never seen one like that!!! :D
Beautiful! Can't wait to try this out.
Beautiful cake design idea.. thank you for sharing.
Thank you so much for posting this!! My sister turns 15 next week and this is perfect for her! I'm going to make one in purple this weekend and the instructions you give are so clear. I can't wait to get started now! Thank you!
Awesome tutorial. Thanks for sharing.
can I ask how you put it all together on the side of the cake though? Do you just stick each petal with icing and then but a ball of fondant in the middle. It looks fab though. Well done. I have been trying fro 4 weeks now to make a big rose and that is exactly the kind I wanted. THANKS Lilian
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