Friday, July 27, 2012

Exploded Flowers Wedding Cake With Colored Petal Edges

This cake was based on the "exploded" flowers that are popular now, and a photo of a wedding cake that had the colored edges on the petals. I can't find who did the original version of this, since there are sooo many online now...If anyone knows who did the absolute first one let me know.

Anyway, while I was doing this I found a lot of really bad versions of it online, so I thought I'd share a few tips to get a nice light effect, as opposed to doing a flower that looks more like an exploded cabbage.

First, the edges of the petals have a little jagged edge to them, so don't make the petals totally round. I used peony petal cutters so that they'd have some movement.

Next, don't skimp on the petals! This cake was a 5-7-9-9", and it used about 150 petals. I did about 30 of the smallest petals, which were about 1 1/2" wide, then about 40 of slightly wider ones, 60 of the next widest ones, and about 20 of the largest ones. The length isn't as important as the width, since you'll be nesting them in behind the row in front of it and you'll probably need to break off the pointed ends to get them to fit anyway.

The most important part is to NOT paint too far into the edge of the petal. The color should be about 1/16th of an inch onto the edge, then you can drag it SLIGHTLY into the petal. If you paint a band that's even 1/4" thick it will look too thick and heavy when you put them all together.

This style of flower works best on cakes with about a 2" difference in diameter between tiers as opposed to a 3 or 4" difference. The more upright profile lends itself to the flower shape better than trying to fit it onto a more pyramid shape. The double-tall tier on the base lets you apply the flower on a flat surface and really spread it out for the wide look without having to adjust for different tier sizes.

The largest petals at the very edges of the flower are painted on the cake itself, not made of gumpaste. That will finish the design and visually flatten the flower out against the cake.

 Kara Buntin owns A Cake To Remember LLC in Richmond VA, and cake supplies online at and


ChatterBlossom said...

Very pretty and great tips! I wouldn't know the first thing about what to look for and this really broke down the process in an understandable way.

Ultimate Cake said...

Gorgeous cake!


Virginia Canales said...

Thank you so much for sharing your tips. These cakes are so awesome and wanting to do one now.

cauldroncakebkr said...

Was this done on a buttercream cake or fondant covered? How did you attach the petals and the center part of the flower? I have a bride that would like this look, but not fondant covered if possible. Thank you!

Kara Buntin said...

I always do these on buttercream, you don't have to use fondant. Here's a video showing how to put it together.

cauldroncakebkr said...

In the video it says not to use on buttercream because the wafer paper would absorb the grease and melt. We have done this flower before using gumpaste that has some weight to it. My fear is that the weight will pull the buttercream down. This is for a summer wedding.

Kara Buntin said...

If the cake is going to be outside in the summer I would only do fondant anyway. If it will be inside in air conditioning it won't be a problem. The video link is to the gumpaste one, not the video about wafer paper flowers. I would do this particular design with gumpaste, not wafer paper, unless it was on fondant, because the wafer paper could absorb moiture form the buttercream and soften up. If you're using wafer paper, do it on fondant.

cauldroncakebkr said...

Thank you very much for the information. It will be inside, but it get pretty hot here in the summer.