A friend of mine asked me to make a cake with pansies for their Mother’s birthday. Most of the pansy cakes that I had seen we’re pretty much designed in the same way. I wanted a pansy cake that had some “oomph”, and yet still had some class. I went with a version of the pansy that mimicked one you would find in a painting. The birthday lady’s favorite pansy was a blue one so I used a range of blues on my pallette.
I first made the pansies using white gumpaste, and a five petal flower cutter. I lengthened each petal and used a ball tool to soften the edges. I elongated one petal on each flower to create the “pansy” look.
I rolled the white gumpaste into a long thin rope and used small sections to create the center. I then let the pansies set on flower formers to get a more natural shape.
After the flowers dried, I painted them using food coloring and vodka mixed together. I then positioned the flowers on the cake and painted on the leaves and blue background.