Fields of Yellow Roses

Posted by Jen Chiappisi on Friday, January 8th, 2010 in Decorating

Okay, so maybe not ‘fields’ per say, but I did finish seven lovely yellow Wilton Roses per the Wilton Cake Decorating Book 1. I have to be honest, when I started the roses, making the triangle-esq shaped bud that goes under them, I really thought that I am simply not a flower-creator.  They just were not looking correct.  The book shows them to be beautiful cone-shaped things and mine looked more like the tips of baby bottles with a long snout at the top.  I was slightly discouraged but thought, I’ve got to see these through til the end.  Handy Tip: I realized when I finished the roses, I had my beginning triangle shape way too large.  A good rule of thumb is to make this initial part about the exact size and shape as a Hershey’s Kiss.

I continued through the steps, next turning them more into buds of flowers by draping a long, winding ribbon of frosting around the entire form of the bud.  This really didn’t look at all like the book suggested either.  The book had beautiful photos of smooth buds that looked like actual flowers.  Mine looked more like Christmas trees with ribbon-like tiers of branches swirling around the tree.  Needless to say, I was fairly discouraged still and started to really respect those cake and sugar decorating people on The Food Network Challenge.

Finally, it was time to make the petals which looks like the most daunting part of the entire rose, especially because of the fact that you were working on the end product that everyone would see.  You couldn’t hide this bad look under other layers as well as you could the first two steps.  Happily though, it was incredibly easy!  The photo above is actually my first rose I did.  Now granted, it’s not Wilton-rose quality, but it definitely does look like a flower and that is what is most important to me.  I’m sure my technique will get better.  I noticed also that my consistency was a slight bit on the thinner side, so some of my roses (as seen in the other shots) had somewhat frayed edges.  I kind of like the one with frayed edges a little bit better though, it made it look a little more delicate and ‘flowery’.

I loved these roses so much, but I think my next ‘toy’ for myself will be an airbrush.  I’d really like to accent some of these now to give them the slightly more realistic look.

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Comments on “Fields of Yellow Roses”

  • Linda says:

    Your roses are beautiful. I like the frayed edges, it makes them more life-like.

  • Cally M. says:

    I was having troubles with these. Thanks for the tip about making the first step the size of chocolate kisses.

  • Jen Chiappisi says:


    Cally, my pleasure – glad it could help you!

    Linda, I totally agree about the frayed edges. Thank you for the compliment!

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