This homemade Mother's Day flower cake was white cake (I was using light colors so I didn't want the cake color to show through). This is covered in yellow fondant.
The daisies are made out of gum paste and fondant mixed 50/50. They are cut out using the daisy cutter and then using a fondant tool the petals are shaped by pushing lightly on each petal and pulling towards the center. This is done on top of a soft sponge. The center is made with yellow fondant/gum paste mixture (I used the 50/50 mix because they dry harder then fondant alone).
The box on top is made out of white fondant/gum paste mixture by using a cookie cutter and a strip for the walls of the box. I used the small daisy cutter to imprint the sides of the walls of the box. Then the ribbon around the bottom is just a strip of fondant pinch every inch or so and then glued to the cake with gum paste glue (this is just a small piece of gum paste dissolved in water).
The daisies are then glued down the cake using the gum paste glue and the box is built up with a piece of fondant so that not as many are needed to have them coming out of the box.
This pot of flowers cake is made from 24 cupcakes. They of course can be any flavor you desire. I saw a similar version at a store and thought I could make it look better. You'll need white and chocolate frosting, different colored frosting dyes, a spoon, and a fork.
Before you frost any of the cupcakes put a little frosting under the cupcake to hold it to whatever surface you are setting them on. Once you get the cupcakes frosted (the basket is chocolate frosting and the cupcakes for the flowers are with white frosting), dip the underside of the spoon into one of your colors and make the petals of the flowers on top of the white frosting, almost like you were making a parathesis. There should be 4 petals to a flower. Make an assortment of flowers in your pot.
Once all your flowers are made take your fork and dip the prongs into the green frosting dye and make leaves next to your flowers. If you decide to write happy birthday on your cake I would recommend writing it on the surface you are using to rest the cupcakes on. It will look much better because writing on cupcakes makes it look squiggly.
I had never tried fondant (or paper) quilling before but had started to see some on-line pictures popping up using quilled fondant. I decided to give this Homemade Quilled Fondant Flower Cake a go when I was asked to make the birthday cake for a lovely lady who runs our local community playgroup.
I used marshmallow fondant and some store bought sugar gum glue. The fondant was coloured using powder and gel colours to achieve the really vibrant true colour. I rolled the fondant out very thin and then cut even width strips and rolled, glued and shaped the strips to form flowers, petals, butterflies and circles. The stems were made using fondant rolled out to very skinny rolls and 'glued' to the cake top.
The quilling technique really isn't very hard to do or copy by just looking through some photos to get an idea of how to shape the strips. It is a little time consuming but I think the finished impact is worth the time. I will definitely be trying my hand at fondant quilling again!