StoneGable Tutorial- Making Fondant Daisies


The bride loves daisies and her favorite color is yellow! So for her bridal shower I made  light and lemony cupcakes with a lemon cream cheese icing. And topped them off with big and happy fondant daisies.
These daisies were quite easy to make and the cupcakes looked so pretty on the dessert table… here’s a step-by step culinary tutorial so you can recreate these special daisy inspired cupcakes…


My mantra when I am making anything is…tools, time and tutorial. One can make almost anything within reason with the right tools the time to do the job and a good tutorial.
Making Fondant Daisies:
fondant mat
fondant roller
fondant daisy cutters
small skewer
confectioners sugar 
parchment or waxed paper
fondant
Wilton’s food coloring paste (mellow yellow)
zip lock bag
I made 30 flowers and it took me a couple of hours. Next time it will go much faster!
Set up the mat on a counter top. Have all other tools handy.
Read all the directions for handling fondant on the fondant box. I also read tutorials on line, but my experience with fondant is that it is not as hard to work with as they say. Actually, it was quite fun and easy.
Take fondant out of foil wrapper and break off a chunk the size of a golf ball. Put the rest of the fondant in a baggie and seal it, squeezing the air out the best you can.
Knead fondant until it is very pliable. If it is too sticky add a LITTLE confectioner’s sugar and knead. This only took a couple of minutes.
Dust mat  and roller with confectioner’s sugar. Put fondant in the middle of the mat and roll it out using roller. The “bands” at the end of the silicone rolling pin will stop the fondant from rolling too thin.
Using cutters dipped in confectioners sugar, cut out 2 large flowers and 1 medium flower for each daisy you want to make. I made enough for 3 daisies at a time. If you cut out too many the fondant will harden and be difficult to work with.
Score each petal of the flowers by rolling the end of a toothpick across the petal with a downward motion. You may need to practice this to get the right amount of pressure.
To Assemble Daisy:
Put the tiniest dab of water in the center of  one large flower- this will be the bottom of your daisy.
Place another large flower on top of the bottom flower. Make sure the bottom flower’s petal peek out between the top flower’s petals.
Put the tiniest dab of water in the center of the top large flower.
Put a medium flower on top of the large flower arranging it in a pleasing manner.
Using your finger, press into the center of the flower to adhere them together and to give them a 3D effect.
Keep breaking off small pieces of fondant and continue the process until you have enough flowers.
To make the center of the daisies, break off a chunk of fondant the size of a quarter. Kneed until pliable.
Add a TINY spot of food coloring or food coloring gel and knead it into the fondant. It is better to start with an extremely small amount. You can always add more. I collected the gel on the tip of a skewer.
Roll into little balls. Put a tiny dab of water into the flower depression. I dipped my finger in  the water and dried it off, then touched my finger to the flower. If it is too wet it gets a little slippery and slimy.
Place yellow balls in the well of the center flower to make the daisy centers.
Place flowers on top of iced cupcakes before serving. Do not cover. Fondant will get very soft if you cover it in plastic wrap. I made and iced the cupcake and covered them. The day of the shower I put the daisies on the cupcakes just before I put them on the cake stands.
I decorated a two tiered cake stand to put these special cupcakes on…
A very pretty, girly bow embellished the cake stand!
I hope you will give these delicious and pretty cupcakes a try!
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Comments

  1. says

    Yvonne, I’ve just bookmarked this as a favorite post. I’d like to make these sometime when I’m hosting a party. These are truly beautiful. I hope I can do this. :-) Thank you for the step by step directions.

  2. says

    Oh thank you for this tutorial! I have always wanted to do something with fondant, and this is “doable”. Your cupcakes are so pretty. Thanks for sharing. I look forward to your other bridal shower recipes.

    Barb

  3. says

    Hi Yvonne, I love your sweet daisys. You are so talented and creative. I Haven’t worked with fondant in years. Kinda like Playdough, isn’t it fun.
    See you soon.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  4. says

    Yvonne, these are so beautiful!

    Thank you so much for the easy to follow tutorial ~ you’re a great teacher, and so TALENTED, too!!

    Fabulous job, my friend. I’m going to read about the savory food right now, and can’t wait to see more next week.

    It’s always such a pleasure to come visit you. ((hugs)) ~m

  5. says

    I saved this to my favs IN CASE I work up the courage to try this. My daughter’s bridal shower is coming up in Juky so MAYBE I can pull this of???? Thanks for the lesson!!!!!!!! XO, Pinky

  6. says

    These are so cute! I love daisys,I even had them in the material for my brides maid dresses and they held white ones. I love to receive them too because they last so long!
    Thank you for the helps here, great job! Come say hi :D

  7. says

    Oh so lovely…you are so very artistic.
    I served your cream of asparagus soup today for lunch with my girlfriends. They said it was by far the best they had ever tasted!
    I hope to share some highlights of the lunch on a future tablescape post.
    Thank you.

  8. says

    Yvonne, No 1. You gave me a real challenge–to name my favorite three cookbooks! But, I’m up to it, so here they are: 1. Entertaining (1st edition) by Martha Stewart because it was so innovative. Some of the recipes are not very user friendly but her presentation was cutting edge!
    2. The Silver Palate (1st one). It, too, was innovative. I purchased it at Hilton Head in a small gift shop. I took it out on their front porch, sat in a comfortable rocking chair and started menu and class planning. 3. The Joy of Cooking, 1973 edition. It has so much useful information for the novice and not-so-novice cook.

    What are you three favorite cookbooks?

    I love fondant! Thanks for the daisy tutorial.

    Here’s another question–actually two. Don’t you think that when one has been married for 30 years they are due for another shower? And, are you available?

    Best,
    Bonnie

  9. says

    Bonjour Yvonne,
    Wow! These look so gorgeous, love the 3D effect. You’ve inspired me to try using fondant – fingers crossed. I’ll be on the lookout for the savory recipes.
    Hope all is going well with you, and you received my last email ‘update’.
    Wishing you a happy weekend,
    Mimi

  10. says

    Oh bless you for having the patience for working with fondant! How I hate that stuff! It is evil! I just want to know when the cake decorating lessons start. And don’t say that you are no good at that. I don’t beleive there is anything that you are not good at!

  11. says

    Yvonne, Ina and I are “best friends”. I love her style, her love for Jeffry and her friends. I have all of her cookbooks. In fact, I am a cookbook addict! I think that you are a little like Ina in your friendships as attested to in that amazing bridal luncheon. I’m so glad to have made your acquaintance!

    Best,
    Bonnie

  12. says

    Hi Yvonne! These are just incredible! I am so impressed at your talent and perseverance! I was looking at fondant last night at Michael’s … … so glad you took the mystery out of it!

    They look so amazing…
    Thank you so much, Yvonne, for posting all this information and these tutorials for anyone {me} who needs to know

  13. says

    Okay-You’ve got me! I HAVE to know how to do this! I don’t believe I found it in your post—are the TOOLS available at Hobby Lobby or did you order them? The cupcakes are absolutely gorgeous and I hope the bride appreciated your hard work and attention to detail! Off to see the tablscape–I missed it! Have a great weekend :)

  14. says

    they look so professional!!! how do you store the completed daisies BEFORE you place them on the iced cupcakes???

    look forward to the savory post- glad finger food/sandwiches are making a comeback.

  15. says

    I just love your blog and I am so happy you are posting those recipes! Your decorating is exquisite. I’m so happy Alma told me to pay you a visit. I visit everyday!

  16. says

    Yvonne, your daisy cupcakes are simply lovely! I imagine the bride-to-be was overjoyed with her shower and you! She is blessed to have someone in her life who takes such care to make everything just right. You are a very talented lady! Thank you for sharing.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

  17. says

    Wow these are adorable! You’ve done a fabulous job! Would love to have you stop by the Sunday Showcase Party if you get a chance! Thanks so much for the great tutorial!

  18. says

    Thanks so much for stopping by and joining the Sunday Showcase Party! I greatly appreciate it. These toppers are simply gorgeous! Hope you have a wonderful week. Hope to see you again next Sunday! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  19. says

    The cupcakes are darling, and thank-you for sharing your tutorial. . .I will be anxious to see the recipes for the other delicious dishes! Such talent have a good day!

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