Tutorial: Fabulous Fabric Flowers

Jessica MV of Floral Cakes by Jessica MV shares her incredible step-by-step tutorial for creating her signature fabric look flowers. World-renowned for her eclectic style and unusual textures. Jessica demonstrates how to create a realistic fabric flower- we can all agree the results are stunning.



  • Gum paste tinted with 2 parts Royal blue & 1 part super black,
  • 20 gauge wire with 1 end bent to create a big hook
  • a styrofoam ball
  • shortening
  • Edible blue petal dust and gold highlighter
  • lemon extract
  • paint brush for application
  • small rolling pin
  • pair of scissors

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Prepare your bud by inserting a hooked 20 gauge wire through a small 1 inch foam ball.

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Roll out a piece of gum paste with a rolling pin, then let it run through a pasta roller or attachment of the Kitchen Aid on a Number 2 setting to achieve the desired thickness. Using the rolling pin, gentle fray the edges and then brush lightly with some gold highlighter to create an aged look.

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Using a pair of clean kitchen scissors, snip the fondant to create a fringe. Then brush on a small amount of edible glue or pasteurized egg white and lowly adhere to the styrofoam ball, working from the top down.

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Once the ball is full covered, mix a little gold and toffee colored highlighter with some lemon extract and brush over the frayed edges of the fondant.

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Roll out a second piece of fondant, fraying the edge and aging with the gold dust and then wrap this around the perimeter of your flower center – make sure to scrunch your fondant a little as you go to create a natural ruffled effect.

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Add a second and then a third layer by repeating the above steps – again, take care to add movement to your fondant by folding and scrunching.

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Make sure you allow your layers to firm up a little before adding too many- this will prevent the fondant from drooping. This finished flower has 4 layers.

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When the flower is firm to the touch- dust the petals with a deep blue petal dust. I have used Wisteria petal dust by Squires Kitchen.


The finished flower- I hope you enjoyed this easy technique!

Jessica MV with her finished design

Jessica MV with her finished design

About the Author

Jessica MV is owner of Floral Cakes by Jessica MV. A world renowned sugar-art teacher, Jessica is in demand for her unusual, textural techniques. For more information about Jessica and her tutorials and her upcoming classes visit her facebook page.


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