Knit Sugar Flowers

How to make knit textured sugar flowers!

By Rebekah Wilbur
Rebekah Naomi Cake Design

  • Satin Ice Fondant - Yellow, Burgundy, Navy Blue, Peach, Red
  • Satin Ice Gum Paste - white
  • Marvelous Molds Simpress Rib & Cable Knit mold
  • Small rolling pin
  • Cornstarch for dusting
  • Vegetable shortening
  • Sharp knife
  • Edible glue/water
  • Small paintbrush

Let's Get Started:

  • To prepare gum paste, mix colored fondant with white gum paste in a 1:3 part ratio.
  • Roll out some colored gum paste to approx. 1/4 inch in thickness. I’ve used a warm yellow color, but you can use whatever color you like.


  • Place the fondant over the mold and work into the mold using your fingers. You can also follow the instructions on the back of the Simpress packaging, but it’s important to make sure that for this technique, the fondant/gum paste isn’t too thick.


  • Using a small rolling pin, roll over the mold to cut away any excess fondant. Place the rolling pin on the inside of the mold to roll the paste into the texture of the mold.


  • Turn out the mold and lay flat. Allow the paste to set for just a couple of minutes. This will make it easier to cut.


  • Using the pattern as a guide, cut vertically along the different sections of the rib and cable knit.


  • Taking one of the wider rib pieces. We will begin to make the flower.


  • Bend the gum paste around and over on itself to create a sort of “ribbon” shape.


  • Roll the outside perimeter (edge) of the ribbon over to give a more rounded appearance. This will also help to disguise the “cut” edge.


  • Trim away the excess to create a petal shape. Repeat using the other wider pieces of rib knit to create 5 larger petals.


  • Using the thinner pieces of rib knit, follow the same procedure as in the previous steps to create the smaller (inside petals).


  • You should have 5 smaller petals and 5 larger petals to create a full flower.


  • Place a petal down and then lay another over-top, slightly overlapping the previous petal. Use a little edible glue or water to secure in place and press to seal.


  • Continue adding petals until you have created the first row.


  • Add the smaller petals following the same steps to create the inside flower.


  • Roll a small ball of gum paste in a contrasting color and place onto the rib section of the mold. Press down to flatten the ball and imprint with the pattern below.


  • Carefully peel off the “button” from the mold. You could use the Knit Mold Button Collection to make the centers but I wanted to show how the look could be achieved with just the Simpress mold.


  • Glue the button to the center of the flower using a little water or edible glue. The flower is now finished and ready to be placed on your cake. Attach the flowers with a little royal icing or melted white chocolate.


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