Orchids look great on wedding cakes. This tutorial explains step by step how you can create an orchid from fondant or gum paste.
You will need:
Gum paste or fondant
Tylo powder (only if you use fondant).
Duster with corn flour
Nonstick board or cutting board
Orchid veiner (You can also use the Wilton Flower Impression Mat or a flower/leaf shaping tool).
White foam mat
Wilton Gum Paste Storage Board or a piece of plastic for covering the flowers (so that they don’t become dry)
Flower former cups from Wilton or a small ball or the like for forming the flowers
Dust colors for orchids, for example light green, yellow, pink or purple.
Edible color marker / food writer fine tip (Bordeaux/dark red color)
Paint brushes – (1 for applying glue and 1-2 brushes for applying the dust colors)
Please notice: If the fondant or gum paste is left on the table for a while it will dry out and become unusable. I always protect the fondant by wrapping it in a plastic bag when not in use.
2) Dust the board with your corn flour duster. You should also dust the rolling pin before you begin.
3) Roll out some gum paste. It has to be rolled out thinly.
4) The Moth Orchid consists of:
- 2 petals, one on each side (# 1)
- 2 petals at the bottom (the legs) (# 2)
- 1 petal at the top (# 3)
- 1 petal at the the centre (# 4) and a ball which is the size of a pea in the middle of the centre petal
5) Cut out the flower with the orchid cutter. Press down the cutter firmly and twist it a bit. This way you ensure that there is no fray around the edges and this makes the flower look better.
Cut out 2 petals for the sides (#1):
Cut out 2 petals for the bottom of the orchid (the legs) (# 2):
Cut out 1 petal for the top of the flower (#3):
Cut out 1 petal for the centre (The labellum or throat) (# 4):
6) If you want to make more orchids at a time, it is a good idea to roll out a big piece of fondant or gum paste and cut out all the petals at once.
Place the petals you don’t need right away under some plastic wrapping which is airtight or you can use a gum paste storage board from Wilton so that the petals don’t become dry in the meantime.
7) In order to make veins in the flowers so that they look more realistic, you can use a veiner for orchids but in this tutorial I just use the Wilton Flower Impression mat.
8) Dust the mat with corn flour. Place the petal on the mat and place a foam mat on top of the petal. Press the mat gently with your fingers so that the petal gets a floral imprint.
9) Place the petals on the foam mat and thin the edges of the petals with the ball tool by gently gliding the tool on the petals. When you thin the edges – place half of the ball on the petal and the other half on the mat. (Do not thin the center petal – the labellum).
10) Cut into the labellum with a small knife. Place the labellum on the foam mat. Using the ball tool, you draw the tool from all the tips and towards the center so that the tips bend /curve towards the center.
11) Now you need to assemble the orchid:
Start by placing the petal #3 at the top of a flower former cup or the like. (Remember to dust the cup with some corn flour first).
Dot a bit of edible glue at the bottom of the petal:
Attach the 2 petals at the bottom (the legs) (# 2)
Attach the 2 petals at the side (# 1)
Finally, you attach the petal in the centre (the labellum) (# 4)
12) Now leave the flower to dry. In order to avoid that the orchid becomes completely flat when it dries, I place small pieces of disposable washcloth in between the petals.
13) Form a small pea sized ball and make a slot in the ball with a toothpick or a leaf shaping tool
14) Dot a tiny bit of edible glue on the middle of the orchid with a small brush and attach the little ball (the slot must be vertically aligned).
14) Allow the flower to dry for some hours. When the flower is dry you can color the orchids with color dust. Have a look at some pictures of real orchids and get inspired.
I have colored my orchids with light green and pink colors and the last one remained white. I have also painted little dots in the center of the orchids with an edible color marker.
15) Finally, I steamed the orchids by holding them over the steam from a handheld steamer for clothes.
So now the orchids are ready for your cake. What did you think about this tutorial? Was it easy to understand? Please ask me if you are unsure about anything. 🙂