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Painted Fondant & Fresh Flower Cake Decorations Tutorial

Create an Elegant Cake with Fresh Flower Cake Decorations and Hand Painted Fondant

This sophisticated cake, accentuated with fresh flower cake decorations, was made at the request of Art of Cake NY founder Magda Kubis’s daughter for her eleventh birthday.

She wasn’t interested in “children’s” cakes anymore; she wanted something a little more grown-up.

Magda rose to the occasion, creating a fashionably minimalist two-tier cake with hand-painted detail and fresh flowers. She used a traditional, layered sponge cake and covered it with cream on a Swiss meringue. 

This free tutorial includes a detailed list of materials needed and a series of easy-to-follow picture instructions. You’ll learn how to paint the fondant and artfully attach fresh flower cake decorations.

We recommend this tutorial for any level of cake decorator- especially beginners. The design is universal, quick to complete, and very easy to customize. You can change the colors, add or remove flowers, add a simple topper… The possibilities are endless.

This classic cake was a hit at the 11th birthday party and is versatile enough to elevate any special event.

Magda found so much joy in learning to craft her own custom cakes, she decided to share her knowledge and start an online cake decorating school in her native Polish language – Akademia Tortu. It is a supportive space where curious, aspiring cake decorators can get acquainted and fearlessly ask for evaluation or advice.

Table of Contents

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Painted Fondant & Fresh Flower Cake Decorations Pictorial

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Cover a cake dummy with fondant.
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Holding the cake dummy with a fondant smoother on the top, I press the embosser firmly on the sides of the dummy.
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Get your tools for painting ready...
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I dilute a bit of blue food die in vodka.
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I get any excess food die off the brush before applying it on the cake.
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I apply it on the sides of the dummy, adding more in some spots - per my imagination 🙂
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I mix a bit of gold lustre dust...
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...with a small amount of vodka.
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I place my fondant covered cake on a piece of parchment paper...
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...and I start to paint starting at the bottom of the tier.
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You can paint the stripes freehand or use a cake marker to help with the placement.
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I add a bit of royal icing to the top of the bottom tier, do glue the top tier to it.
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I use my spatula to place the top tier on the cake dummy.
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To place fresh flower cake decorations in the cake, I use special plastic picks.
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I place the fresh flower pick by the side of the upper tier, making sure its not too close to the edge of the bottom tier, as not to damage it.
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You can use many picks to arrange more flowers as needed.
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I cut the flowers to the length I need...
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...and arrange the fresh flower cake decorations in the picks.

Tips & Tricks

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  • The bottom tier of this 2 tier cake is a cake dummy. I used a cake dummy for this project because I didn’t need many cake servings. 
  • I paneled the cake and the dummy with fondant. You can of course cover the cake in fondant the traditional way – it’s a matter of preference.
  • I used a special roller, embosser, to apply the structure on the bottom tier. I applied the structure to fresh, soft fondant.
  • So that the cake dummy does not move when the structure is applied to it, I held it down with a fondant smoother.
  • To paint the blue streaks, I used an airbrush food color diluted in alcohol. Gel food color can also be used.
  • To dilute the gel food color, do not use high proof alcohol, such as everclear, it will ruin the gel color. Instead use vodka – it too evaporates quickly but does not damage the food die.
  • I mix the gold powder dust in alcohol. It does not matter here whether in vodka or high proof alcohol. It is important to prepare a thick liquid for painting. if the mixture if too thin, it will not apply nicely on the fondant and  leave streaks.
  • Note that the gold dust I use is food safe, not toxic but not edible. It is painted on fondant which will not be eaten.
  • To “stick” the top tier to the bottom dummy tier, I use a small amount of royal icing.
  • Since the bottom of this cake is a dummy, I don’t need to use any straws for support. If you use real cake instead of a dummy, the bottom tier will have to be reinforced. 
  • I use special vials to attach the fresh flower cake decorations. You can also use plastic straws.

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Hi! I'm Magda, the founder of Art of Cake NY. I'm a wife and a mom of 3 daughters. I love cake decorating and I'm happy to show you how to do it!

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