I needed to make poppies!
So as any self taught decorator would i started looking on Pinterest at Poppies others had made and on Youtube for video tutorials that would help me with this task.
As I only had whatever was in my cutter store to use for the flowers, it was finding the right tutorial and working out the best way to approach it.
I did however buy the poppy leaf cutters, as the leaf cutters I currently owned were not suitable and i wasn't going to do them all by hand!
One of the main images I found was to the Poppy/Rose cutters on the Pretty Witty Cakes website. I also found a great video for a simple tutorial on Youtube that uses this cutter (posted at the end of this Blog). This gave me a place to start...
I had my Red flower paste, all my tools, Doctor Who on the TV and I was ready to begin...
I cut out the flower shape and them using a ball tool I thinned and stretched the petals to the shape I wanted them.
As I didn't have a veiner to add texture to the petals I used the Shell modelling tool to created the lines in the petals.
I also added a circle of black fondant to the middle of each flower, indenting the top as it would be on a real flower.
these were then placed onto my foam mat and shaped, where they would then be left overnight to dry.
However they just didn't feel complete...something was missing...
...Poppies are not just a simple dot of black in the middle! Time to crack out the airbrush...
The finished cake was a poppy covered birdcage for an 18th birthday, though it seemed kind of fitting to be making a poppy cake for Remembrance Sunday also.