Monday, September 6, 2010

Hibiscus Flowers

Hope everyone is having a great labor day! I know I've been enjoying lounging around and working on few house projects! I'm also super excited to share with you a tutorial on how to make a hibiscus flower that was the focal point of my latest cake.

This was a birthday cake I made for my friend's mom. It was this Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake recipe with the addition of purple hibiscus.

These flowers were super easy to make and only require a few cake decorating tools.

So let's get started on the step-by-step instructions. All the tools used below are Wilton brand that can be found at your local cake decorating store.

1.Tint some rolled fondant to your desired color and roll out about 1/8" thick. Use a 5 petal flower cuter to make the outer shape of the hibiscus.

2.Place the fondant flower onto a piece of square foam and roll around the edges with a large ball tool to thin out the edges of the flower.

3.This is what the flower will look like after you have rolled around the edges.

4.Use a shell tool and go around the flower petals and gently press down to create a lined imprint.

5.Here's a look at what the shell tool looks like.

6.This is what the flower will look like after you have pressed all the edges.

7.Pinch the bottom of the flower with your fingers so that it looks bunched together. Add some flower stamens to the center. Place flower in forming cup to harden so it will hold its shape.

8.If you want to create a 2-color flower then use the flower star tool to create the inside shape. Tint some more fondant in a complimentary color for the center.

9.Cut the tips off the star shape so that it fits within the outer flower shape.

10.Place the star shape on top of the rounded petal flower.

11.Use the shell tool and gently imprint all the petals as shown above.

12.Pinch the flower in the center with your fingers.

13.Add flower stamens and allow to harden. My flowers are actually sitting inside of the bottom of my 1A round tips, they were the perfect size to hold the flower.

14.Once the flowers had started to harden I moved them over to some flower formers to dry over night before placing them on the cake.

And there you have the hibiscus flower!

The hibiscus would also be super cute on a Hawaiian themed cake in vibrant pinks, yellows and reds or even on top of some cupcakes for a summer luau party!


  1. Thank you so much for sharing your hibiscus secrets :) They look beautiful and I can't wait to incorporate them in the future.

  2. These flowers are amazing! Great job! Thanks for the tutorial.

  3. So pretty! Thanks so much for the tutorial!

  4. Thanks for the tutorial! Makes me want to get out my cake decorating supplies. Your cake and flowers look beautiful!


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