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3rd February 2020

Free Cake Tutorial: Wafer Paper Flowers

This is a free tutorial from Pretty Witty Cakes all about how to make wafer paper flowers/fantasy roses!

This tutorial is from Pretty Witty Academy. In this tutorial you will learn how to make these stunning wafer paper flowers, perfect for adorning your cakes and impressing friends and family! 

If you liked this, why not have a look at some more of our wafer paper flower tutorials over on the Academy, you can also check out the Geisha Bust the wafer paper flowers work really well as her head piece.


Top Tips for Wafer Paper Flowers:

  • These look great to add a pop of colour to any cake.
  • Wafer paper has two sides, a rough side and smooth shiny side, make sure you use the right side when making these flowers.
  • Do make sure, your wafer paper is not laden with water as it will start to disintegrate on you. 
  • Learn how to create cones from circles to make these flowers, different tightness of cones will create the layers for the flowers.
  • Make sure the wafer paper is dry before constructing your flowers.   
  • Water is a great glue for wafer paper!
  • To get a strong colour, paint your flower first using a mixture of petal dust and food grade alcohol.
  • Once dry you can use dry dust to intensify the colour.

Products used for Wafer Paper Flowers:

Wafer Paper

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2 inch Hole Punch  

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Petal Dust - Orange

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Petal Dust - Pink

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Paint Brushes 

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Some Inspiration:

We love wafer paper flowers, they look really effective, yet are so simple to make and can be used with loads of different types of wafer paper. It can come pre patterned which looks really effective when the wafer paper is layered. This is a great alternative to a sugar paste flower and takes much less time. No moulds needed! Yes they're not quite botanically correct but they are so effective and look really pretty adorning your cakes.

Wafer paper is made from potato starch and is so is perfectly edible, although we can't imagine you'll be rushing to eat them as they're not the most flavourful. Either way they're perfectly food safe for your cakes so no more worrying about poisonous flowers. 

They're also really versatile, working well with simple wedding cakes, vintage cakes, modern cakes and geometric cakes to add a soft touch.

Have a look at these wafer paper flowers on cakes that we love for some inspiration. 

This cake is by Stevi Auble from Hey There Cupcake! Previously an interior designer, she is now a self taught cake artist based in San Diego. Here is an amazing cake where the bottom tier has been thoroughly covered in wafer paper flowers. They've used an amazing array of patterned paper which we think works really well on this modern wedding cake.

This cake is by Stevi Auble from Hey There Cupcake! Previously an interior designer, she is now a self taught cake artist based in San Diego.

Here is an amazing cake where the bottom tier has been thoroughly covered in wafer paper flowers. They've used an amazing array of patterned paper which we think works really well on this modern wedding cake.

This cake is from Katie at Malarkey Cakes, she is based in North London and loves to travel. This cake has such a beautiful range of colours which we love! The wafer paper flowers are amazing and such a statement. A simple flower on a beautifully floral background really does make this cake stand out.

This cake is from Katie at Malarkey Cakes, she is based in North London and loves to travel.

This cake has such a beautiful range of colours which we love! The wafer paper flowers are amazing and such a statement. A simple flower on a beautifully floral background really does make this cake stand out.

This cake is by Baba z Cukrem! We love this cake, with statement wafer paper flowers and flecked gold leaf. The colours make this cake really stand out and the wafer flowers are beautifully made.

This cake is by Baba z Cukrem!

We love this cake, with statement wafer paper flowers and flecked gold leaf. The colours make this cake really stand out and the wafer flowers are beautifully made.

One from Louisa Rogers at Croft Cake Design. Louisa grew up on a farm and now makes beautiful cakes after becoming a full time mother. This one has a wonderfully simple but really effective blousy style wafer paper flower. The gold accented bottom tier makes for a beautiful cake, perfect for a wedding or special birthday.

One from Louisa Rogers at Croft Cake Design. Louisa grew up on a farm and now makes beautiful cakes after becoming a full time mother.

This one has a wonderfully simple but really effective blousy style wafer paper flower. The gold accented bottom tier makes for a beautiful cake, perfect for a wedding or special birthday.

This final cake is from Natasha at The Sweet Stuff. She is based in Nottingham and makes amazing cakes for weddings and celebrations. This stunner with it's huge wafer flowers makes this a real statement piece. The colours of the flowers really compliment each other and stand out so well against it's black background.

This final cake is from Natasha at The Sweet Stuff. She is based in Nottingham and makes amazing cakes for weddings and celebrations.

This stunner with its huge wafer flowers makes this a real statement piece. The colours of the flowers really compliment each other and stand out so well against its black background.


Our Final Words:

We hope you've loved this tutorial and feel inspired to use wafer paper flowers in your own bakes. They are a great technique and look amazing on cakes without taking quite as long as a sugar flower.

Remember to head on over to the Academy and have a look at the Geisha Bust cake which looks amazing with the pop of colour from the flowers in her hair.

Geisha Bust Cake

Over on the Pretty Witty Academy site we have nearly 1000 cake tutorials showing you everything from how to cover a cake with sugarpaste to fully advanced gravity defying cakes. We also have a huge business section for those wanting to run a cake business. 

Why not check out some of these amazing cake tutorials. See more at Pretty Witty Academy.

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