Easy Sugar Camellia, Gardenia & Miniature Roses with the Smaller Easiest Rose Cutter Ever

Easy sugar gardenia, camellia, miniature rose with the smaller easiest rose cutter ever - beginner sugar flowers

We’ve spoken about the benefits of using the “Easiest Rose Cutter Ever” and shown how to make 3 types of rose in my last post here, – but what about other types of flowers you can make with the same type of cutter? Or what if you just want a smaller rose?  Well, thanks to the FMM “Smaller Easiest Rose Cutter Ever” you can make sugar Camellias, Gardenias and miniature roses in no time.  The difference between this cutter and the standard Easiest Rose is not just the size, but that you get two sets, one large and one small, which allows more flexibility to create different flower designs.  In my free video tutorial below I’ve used the Smaller Easiest Rose Cutter Ever to make 3 different types of flowers (two of which I made up myself) just to show you how useful these cutters can be!

All of the products I used are linked below, along with the written instructions.  Enjoy!

You can see the full tutorial here:

Read on for the written instructions and product list:

Equipment List Used for All Sugar Flowers*:

All of the below products were made by FMM.  Click the link to see the products.

Additionally you’ll need a craft knife, a rolling pin, paintbrushes  and a work mat if you so choose.  Read on for colours and instructions for each sugar flower:

White sugar Gardenia:

Gardenias are beautiful rose-like flowers characterised by a swirled central bud.  They’re usually pure white so no colours are needed, unless you wish to make a fantasy version.

Instructions: 

  1. Prepare and knead some gumpaste, flower paste or fondant icing with a little Tylose powder kneaded into it.  You can use plain fondant icing (sugarpaste) if you wish, but your petals won’t be as thin or strong.
  2. Divide the gumpaste into 2, and roll out on a lightly dusted surface  until it is 1-2mm thick.  If using fondant only you may need to make it thicker.
  3. Cut out 2 strips of petals using the cutter, one small and one large.  Allow them to dry slightly so they are firmer but still malleable – this helps them keep shape.
  4. Use the ball tool on the foam mat to thin the edges of the petals as shown.  This makes them look more realistic.  If desired you can shape and cup each petal by rolling the ball tool in a circular motion in the centre of each petal too.
  5. Cut the smaller strip in half lengthways, and brush with water at the end of each petal as shown in the video.  Use the craft knife to cut each petal apart and stack them together as shown, pressing together along the wet edge to adhere.  Repeat for both halves of the small petal strip.
  6. Stack the central petals together, pinching at the joined edge, then carefully arrange them as shown into the swirled design.  When you’re happy, pinch the base of the bud lightly between your thumb and finger to set the shape.
  7. Thin the larger petal strip with the ball tool, dragging out the shape of the petals to elongate them as shown.  Dampen the centre of the strip and fold over.
  8. Moisten and attach the remaining petal strip as shown in the video, rolling around the bud, taking care to position the petals to give the impression of a large, open flower.
  9. Reposition the petals as desired, then allow to dry fully before use.

Pink Sugar Camellia:

Camellias are beautiful flowers that look a little like a rose crossed with a peony.  They come in a number of colours, white, pink and red being most common.  The method for making a camellia is similar to that of a peony, but using a rose cutter, so you may find it useful to see the purple flower in my last video here:

Colours used:

Instructions: 

  1. Colour some gumpaste, flower paste or fondant icing with a little Tylose powder kneaded into it, as shown in the video using the gel colours.  You can use plain fondant icing (sugarpaste) if you wish, but your petals won’t be as thin or strong.
  2. Roll out the gumpaste on a lightly dusted surface  until it is 1-2mm thick.  If using fondant only you may need to make it thicker.
  3. Cut out 4-5 strips of petals using the cutter, 2 small, 2-3 large.  Allow them to dry slightly so they are firmer but still malleable – this helps them keep shape.
  4. Use the ball tool on the foam mat to thin the edges of the petals as shown.  This makes them look more realistic.  For a Camellia you also need to cup each petal by rolling the ball tool backwards and forwards in the centre of each petal too.  To make sure the petals are all cupped the same way once you fold the strip over, cup the top half of petals, then flip over the petal strip and cup the other half from the reverse side.  Once folded you should now have all your petals curling the same way.  Give it a try and you should see what I mean!
  5. Use the offcuts to form a small ball, about the size of one of the smaller petals.  Mark it with the small cutter as shown to make it look like a bud.
  6. Use the water pen to draw a line of water in the centre of the cupped petal strips and fold over as shown.  Roll the small petals around the bud as shown, and curve the larger strips along the inside of a cupcake or muffin case to make an outer ring of petals (choose the right size case to fit your petal ring).
  7. Place the central bud in the middle of your petal rings, adhering with some water.  Use a paintbrush to press the centre into place and rearrange the petals if desired.  Dust the centre with rose as shown, to deepen the pink shade of the petals here.  If you want to go for a more dramatic colour difference you could use a darker shade of dust instead.
  8. Rearrange the petals further if required, then allow to dry fully before using on your cake.

Autumn Colours Miniature Rose:

This rose was made using the instructions on the back of the packet of the cutter, except for the way it is coloured and dusted 🙂  It’s a smaller version of the orange rose made using the Easiest Rose Cutter Ever in last week’s video, which you can see here:

Miniature roses tend to have a lot of small petals, so you may wish to use an extra strip or two in your flower.

Colours used:

Instructions: 

  1. Colour some gumpaste, flower paste or fondant icing with a little Tylose powder kneaded into it, as shown in the video using the dropper colours.  You can use plain fondant icing (sugarpaste) if you wish, but your petals won’t be as thin or strong.
  2. Roll out the gumpaste on a lightly dusted surface  until it is 1-2mm thick.  If using fondant only you may need to make it thicker.
  3. Cut out 3-4 strips of petals using the small and large cutter.  Allow them to dry slightly so they are firmer but still malleable – this helps them keep shape.
  4. Use the ball tool on the foam mat to thin the edges of the petals as shown.  This makes them look more realistic.  If desired you can shape and cup each petal by rolling the ball tool in a circular motion in the centre of each petal too.
  5. Use the water pen to draw a line of water in the centre of the petal strips and fold over as shown.
  6. Brush one small strip with water then roll up as shown.  Dust the centre of the flower in yellow.
  7. Add the next smaller strip, then the larger outer petals by rolling around this bud similarly, adhering the petal strips with water.
  8. Rearrange the petals if required, dust the centre of the rose with yellow, the middle with rose and the outer petals with orange, then allow to dry fully before using on your cake.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial – stay tuned for my final video featuring other cutters from the “Easiest Cutter Ever” range!  Thank you to my friends at FMM and Rainbow Dust for providing the products I used in this tutorial 🙂

 

Note: This post and video was not sponsored, but the products used were donated to me. Some of the links above are affiliate links, which means I get a little commission if you use them, at no extra cost to you ( it’s built into the item price already).  Please do click them, even if just to look and think about it – every little bit does help me out.  Thank you for supporting my tutorials!

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