It’s taken a while, but as I promised, here is the cherry blossom tutorial!
For the branch I made buds, opening blossoms and full blossoms for a more natural look. And the buds and opening blossoms are much quicker to make!
You will need:
Sugarpaste (I used shop bought white and coloured it my desired pale pink using gel food colouring)
Stamens (see stamen tutorial or buy ready made ones)
Brown florist tape
Tools: most importantly the ball tool and pliers for the wire.
Sugar craft foam (or/and polystyrene)
Full Cherry Blossom
I was inspired by Ana Parzych’s cherry blossoms, who sadly seems to keep the secret to herself. This is how I created my version, if anyone has any other ideas on how to get the same effect as her I would love to hear them! I struggled most with keeping the base thin, the first ones looked like wild roses!
Begin by cutting the wire to your desired length, I would say mine were about 10cm long. Make a small hook at the end, this is to stop the sugar paste sliding off.
Attach the stamen to the wire and create a base for the petals using a little amount of sugarpaste. The smaller you can get this the better, but make sure its secure. Set aside to dry completely, over night preferably, so you could make a whole lot and then make the flowers the next day.
Make each petal by starting with a small tear dropped shape ball and flattening it out with the ball tool until its as thin as you can get it.
The blue foam is handy as you can get the sugar paste super thin, but I imagine using the polystyrene would work too…
Attach the petal to the wire using water, or something flavoured like rose water or cherry essence diluted. Although I can’t stand the flavour of fake cherry.
Sticking the end of the wire in polystyrene is a great because you don’t have to worry about the petals getting crushed when laid down.
Attach the next petal oposite. See how I am trying to get as many folds and faves in each petal.
To cut back on the build up of sugar paste at the base use the stick of the ball tool, or any other, and roll down the base, the excess will be pushed down the wire and you can cut it away with you fingers or a tool. This also helps to make sure the petals are all pasted firmly together. I’m sorry I haven’t got any photos of this step but it is quite straight forward. Like using a mini rolling pin vertically.
Carry on adding petals, folding and curving them into wild shapes, until you are happy, normally about 5-6 for me. Remember that half the beauty is in the fact they are all totally different!
Here is one that ended up much bigger!
Opening Cherry Blossom
Begin with the same stamen on a wire.
This time make the petals slightly thiner and longer, you don’t want all the stamens sticking too far out the top.
These are much quicker because you don’t need to worry about all the curves and folds in each petal, just bung them on really.
One opposite the other. Using a liquid to paste and cutting away any excess sugar paste as you go like with the full cherry blossom.
I used just 4 petals for each opening cherry blossom.
I love how the the inside is much darker with the stamens just poking out.
Cherry Blossom Bud
The buds are super easy. In fact, if you are short for time, you could probably make a pretty cute decoration using only these buds, without the wire even, just a few popped on top of a cup cake or cascading down a cake…
Begin with a ball on the end of a hooked wire, you don’t need to worry quite so much about the drying time as it won’t hold much weight.
Flatten a separate ball of sugar paste into a thing wavy disc using the ball tool.
Paint the disc with a liquid and stick the wire through the centre.
And then just pinch it closed and its done! Just like that!
I had a go at making them with a couple of individual petals (on the right) but I thought they looked too much like rose buds and discovered this speed technique instead.
Making a Cherry Blossom Branch
So you have your three different blossom types, now all you need to do is wind florist tape around the wire and wind the wires together – simple eh?
I bought my florist tape in a florist funnily enough, but you can probably get it elsewhere, especially online! Its kind of semi sticky, or sticks to itself at least and looks a bit like tissue paper when wrapped around. I would definitely recommend using it.
After a few attempts I realised that its good to start with a long bud. I just added another piece of wire and covered it with tape.
Then wind in another bud or an opening blossom.
Another opening blossom or a full blossom. It really is up to you. Try not to wind them in at the same place though, or it will look more like a posey than a branch. Because the tape sticks to itself they stay pretty secure, but of your worried you can always use the pliers to tighten it. It depends how flexible your wire is…
You can leave them sticking out at odd angles for now and do the arranging as you are putting them on the cake.
Originally I was going to cover the whole branch with tape, but I decided I liked the swirling effect of the intertwined wires and kept them like this.
Like I said before, the number of blossoms and order you put them in really is up to you. Just bear in mind the weight of each branch, when it came to putting the cake together I simply stuck each end into the cake and used the next branch as support, intertwining blossoms when necessary so it looked like one big branch. I’ll get a post on the cake up as soon as I get the photos from family and friends!
Here they are all together! Egg boxes make for great transportation!
Alternatively buy my handmade everlasting cherry blossoms on Etsy!