Recently I seem to have been making lots of pretty ruffle flowers. They featured here......
This is an excellent tutorial and I would simply follow it exactly if you are wanting to make wired sugar carnations. However, I was actually trying to create an unwired ruffle flower and this is how I went about it.....
Using a small fluted round cutter (like a scone cutter) and some sugar flower paste, cut out four circles. Cover them with some cling film or plastic to keep them from drying out.
Using a toothpick, ruffle the edges of each circle by pressing on the sugar flower paste with the cocktail stick and rolling it along.
If you find your paste is sticking to the board you can dust it with some cornflour. If your paste is tearing you are probably pressing too hard.
When you've done the first one leave it to dry in a cupped position. I use dimpled foam but empty egg boxes work well too.
Frill another circle in the same way. This time apply a little bit of edible glue to one half and fold the circle in half.
Apply a little bit more glue to 1/3 of the semi-circle and fold over 1/3 of the semi-circle.
Apply a final bit of glue to the other side of the semi circle and fold over that 1/3. These folds are clearly demonstrated on the video link if I've confused you!
Trim the bottom of the cone so that it has a flat base.
Set in a former to firm up slightly while you work on the remaing two. Repeat for the other two circles.
Once you have frilled and folded all your circles put a tiny bit of edible glue into the centre of the large open one.
Gently lift the other three into the well in the centre and nudge into place with a cocktail stick. Leave to dry overnight.
They can then be applied easily to a cake with some royal icing. You can vary the size of the flower by using different sized cutters but if you use a large cutter you made need more petals in the centre to fill it i.e. cut 5 or 6 petals instead of 4.
I hope some of you will be able to give this a shot.