One of my friends recently turned forty and was having an afternoon “do” to celebrate organised by her husband. I offered to make a cake to help with the festivities. We decided on a chocolate cake and then I got to thinking about design. I went with simple but classy, a chocolate layer cake with chocolate butter cream and a spray of fondant roses atop.
I have never made fondant roses before but got the idea to do them from one of my cake decorating books, The Cake Decorating Bible by Juliet Sear. She gives very clear instructions on how to make these and I watched a video on youtube which helped me to visualise the technique. It is probably one of the easiest things to make, you only need fondant (coloured how you want, I went with pale pink, medium pink and red), a plastic bag, icing sugar and your hands. No special tools needed.
Firstly, roll out small balls of your fondant (the size will depend on the size of rose you want), most of my roses had about 8 petals so I had 8 balls. I had a plastic food bag that I had cut along two sides so that I could place the balls inside and put a bit of icing sugar in there so that the fondant didn’t stick. Then using my thumb I flattened each ball into a circle and flattened one end so that it was fairly thin, this would help form the petals.
Once I had all my petals I made the central bud by rolling one between my thumb and forefinger, keeping the thinner side at the top. Once it is rolled you can roll back the thin edge to give you the lovely rose petalness. Then just add petals one at a time (I put about seven more petals around the central bud) until you build up your beautiful delicate flower. I made some smaller buds as well as the full flowers.
The day before the birthday party I made the cake, a simple chocolate sponge layer cake and covered it in yummy chocolate icing. Then it was ready for its spray of roses.