Flower Power

| Cakes for Girls, Flowers

I just got back from a fabulous gum paste flower class given by the extremely talented Jacqueline Butler of Petalsweet Cakes in San Francisco.  I’ve been admiring her work for a couple of years since I first saw it online.  She makes the most fabulous sugar peonies, hydrangeas and a variety of other flowers – her work is truly sugar art.  The two-day class focused on one of my favorite flowers, the peony, as well as the French tulip, with its frilly petals.  Not surprisingly, these beauties are labor intensive, but I think they are worth it.  I’m thrilled with the flowers we made and can’t wait to use them on a cake, now that I know how to make them.  Jacqueline’s style is to use a very soft color palate, and I think it is beautiful, but I’m not limited to that.  Wouldn’t a bright pink peony be just amazing on a white cake?

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