That time of the year is coming where flowering bulbs are peeping through, screaming to come out, trees are starting to show buds here and there, outdoor Christmas decorations are taken down and are replaced with St. Patrick's Day and Easter decor. I love it! I know, it's still February. One more week to go to get to March. But if you are like me, you are tired of winter and ready for the bright, colorful sunny days of spring. I am all about March. That means warmer weather is coming, windows can be open to let fresh air in the house, flowers will be blossoming, and spring designed cakes will be coming out!
I have been working on more sugar flowers for my Etsy shop and to place on some new cake designs for the spring. At the moment, I am working on cherry blossoms. Lots and lots of them. They are so pretty! These delicate little blooms just scream Spring. I first fell in love with them when I lived in the Washington D.C. area. Each year we would go to the National Cherry Blossom Festival at the Tidal Basin in D.C. Seeing these beautiful flowers in full bloom all around the Washington D.C. monuments was a sight to see. So then, I decided to learn how to make these extraordinary flowers in a sugar medium.
One of my most favorite cake instructors, Nicholas Lodge, had a class to teach how to make them. I watched this class over and over while perfecting my flowers. Each time I make them, I am in awe at how realistic they look, especially after adding color dust to them. I have also learned how to make realistic looking branches to secure the flowers to. These flowers can be used in so many spring cake designs! I have also made individual cherry blossom petals to place in various places on cakes and cake boards to simulate petals falling from the flowers as a late bloom stage.
Other spring flowers that I will be making into sugar flowers this spring are tulips, primroses, dogwood, and several more. These flowers will be featured on my Etsy site as well as being used in a variety of cakes this spring. So, I better get busy! Thank you for reading and keep an eye out for my next blog!