How To Make Sugar Paste Tulips?
Tulip is known as one of the most beautiful flowers in the world and it has a glorious history. The flower has a Dutch origin, but its commercial cultivation began in the Ottoman Empire. The Persian poets praised its beauty and Tulip Mania overtook Netherlands in the 17th century. Tulip’s popularity conquered the world much later during the 19th century. The Tulip flowers are very expensive but, now you can easily eat it with little effort and that too, have tulips for eating! Yea you can resort to this step by step guide for preparing sugar paste tulips that can be used for decorating cakes or to make presents for guests as an edible gift.
Things you will need
- Sugar Paste
- Food Coloring
- White covered wire
- Egg white
- Corn meal
- Oval Cutter
- Aldeval Tulip Veiner
- Yellow Rolling Cutter
Method of Preparation
Create petals using an oval cutter 2 ½ long and 1 ¼ ‘wide. The pistil begins from the base of the petal and is about half of the height of the petal. The stamens are shorter than the pistil and are bent away from it. Here’s how you can go about making a tulip -
Stamens: Make 6 stamens. You should cut six 3’’ pieces of #32 white covered wires. Bend the wire about 3/4th of its length. Moisten the bended part of the wire by dipping it in egg white and again dip it in corn meal, this will resemble a pollen.
Pistil: Cut a length of #18 covered wire, this will serve as the actual stem of the flower. Use light green paste to make the pistil. Moisten the end of the wire by dipping it in egg white and cover the paste to the top, measuring 2 1/2" of the wire. Pinch the top of the paste like a miniature version of petal and stalk.
Petals: Apply red color to the paste. Make six petals of the same shape of which three petals should be made narrower and three broader. Roll out the paste thinly on a grooved board. Turn over the paste and cut the petal. Moisten the end of a 4’’ #28 covered wire by dipping it in egg white. Stick the raised portion of petal to the wire. Tool the petal and thin out the top edge. Vein each petal using Aldeval Tulip veiner. Always make an extra large and extra small petal to avoid the breakage. Make 4 large and 4 small petals for the flower. Place the petals over a tray and leave them to dry at least overnight. Dust little darker red coloring on the petals, so that the veins are clearly highlighted. Cover the six stamens of the pistil using green florist tape. Fix the smaller petals around the base of the pistil using green tape. Fix each petal separately so that they will stay in place. Place the bigger petals in between the smaller petals. You can perhaps add a wire or two to the stem to make it thicker. This is the finished tulip.
- Leaves: Roll out a large piece of green paste and shape the leaves free hand. Make the leaves thicker towards the base and stick it over one third of the wire. You can also vein the leaf using yellow rolling cutter and the edge of the knife. Dry the leaves. Dust and steam.
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