by Sharon Wee

Some Tips for Arranging Sugar Flowers

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  • Have all the flowers, leaves, and buds ready to go in one area. It’s easier to arrange if you can see what you have.
  • Ensure that the wires or skewers that are going into the spacer are long enough so that the flowers don’t fall out.
  • Start by inserting and spreading out the bigger flowers first. I like to insert them by colour too. I tend to spread out each flower and colour evenly around the whole cake.
  • Then I start working with the smaller flowers, again by colour.
  • Once all the bigger flowers are inserted, I then look at filling the gaps with leaves (to add some colour) and filler flowers (these can be berries or buds).
  • Ensure that all the flowers, fillers and leaves are pointing in different directions (so it looks natural) and are inserted at different levels (some should be deeper into the spacers than others).
  • Take a good step back once in awhile, you’ll be able to see clearer if there is any colour or weight imbalances.
  • Finally, try and insert the flowers as tight against each other as you can, this prevents any gaps from showing.

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11 Comments on Sugar flower arranging mini tutorial

  1. Pernilla
    April 13, 2015 at 10:49 am (4 years ago)

    what are the spacers made from?

    • Sharon Wee
      April 13, 2015 at 7:30 pm (4 years ago)

      Hi Pernilla, they are made from sytrofoam 🙂

  2. dam
    May 8, 2015 at 2:03 am (4 years ago)

    thanks alot sharon!

  3. Kaye
    June 17, 2015 at 8:22 pm (4 years ago)

    Hi Sharon! Are the spacers covered in fondant? And what size in diameter should the spacers be?

    • Sharon Wee
      June 22, 2015 at 6:38 pm (4 years ago)

      Hi Kaye, for this project yes, generally it depends if you can still see it or not 🙂 The size should usually be 2 inches less than the cake size that is above it.

  4. Kathy Hinton
    June 24, 2015 at 7:16 pm (4 years ago)

    Hi Sharon, thanks for sharing this. I’ve recently been asked to quote for something similar and struggled to estimate the number of flowers, foliage and berries that would be needed. I guess it’s a matter of “make lots more than you think you’ll need” but do you have a method of working this out? Kathy x

    • Sharon Wee
      June 24, 2015 at 10:27 pm (4 years ago)

      Hi Kathy, I just usually work out how big the flower is then look at the space left and estimate based on that. You can make a bit extra if that helps too.

  5. Jennifer
    June 25, 2015 at 12:36 am (4 years ago)

    Hi Sharon, spaces that are made with foam include basis for future cake, right? do you just put on the previous cake or there is something inside? I wonder if it is well-balanced to support the weight
    hope I am clear, Jenni from Uruguay

  6. aisha
    December 22, 2015 at 6:20 am (3 years ago)

    Can you show us atutorial to use foam spaces and how to support cake on it?

    • Sharon Wee
      December 24, 2015 at 8:14 pm (3 years ago)

      Hi Aisha, I don’t currently have one but it is basically the same as stacking normal cakes. You will need a centre pole and cake boards under each tier, with dowels or straws inserted in the cake to support the spacer above it. For the spacers it is usually good to use a size 2 inches smaller than the cake tier above it. Hope this helps!


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