Fondant Flowers will make any cake AMAZING!
What you’ll need:
Everything can be found at your local craft store.
Fondant Rolling Pin
Fondant Ball tool
Empty Egg Carton
Mix equal parts fondant and modeling chocolate and knead until smooth.
Using cornstarch to prevent sticking roll out a small portion about 1/4″ inch thick.
Using a flower shaped cutter cut out two flower shapes. Fondant will start to dry out after a few minutes when exposed to air. Cover any leftover fondant with plastic wrap until you are ready to use again.
Using the Ball tool gently smooth and ruffle the edges to thin out the fondant and give a more realistic flower look. Dip the ball tool in cornstarch to prevent any sticking. The thinning mat can be placed under the flower to achieve a thin and ruffled edge.
Gently lay the flowers into the empty egg carton, pushing down slightly to shape the flowers. Using the extra fondant and any small round cutter cut out a few center circles for your finished flowers. For the small centers I use the large opening on any decorating pastry bag tip.
Chill in the refrigerator for 5-10 minutes.
Once chilled the flowers will hold their shape. Place a small amount of frosting between the two layers and gently press together forming the flower.
Add another dot of frosting into the center and attach the small center cutout to finish your flower. Chill again for 30 minutes before placing on your finished cake!
But then there's setups like this.. perfect right?.. when done right (NOT my picture... I didn't really have to say that though did I)
(Click here to peruse an amazing cake shop in Ann Arbor that created this photo!)
Ok one last and very important tip! Probably the most important tip/trick I have in my non-photographer arsonal is this little gem of a lens for my not so professional camera. I asked a photographer what the best 'cheap' camera was and was told numerous $500 and up just for the camera bodies without lens'... which all in all isn't a bad price for a good camera but I'm fairly cheap and broke so I pushed reason/advice aside and sprung for a Cannon Rebel 3 (around $300) (since buying the Rebel 3 I have been super pleased and excited with it... and my pictures) and this 50ml1:1.8 lens (about $150)! I have no idea what the numbers mean but the lens shoot amazing close, crisp detail shots of stationary things like..ta da... cakes! again woohoo!
Hope this gave you a few tips from a very non-professional photographer how to take better food pics! Now go eat cake!
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