Multi-Dimensional Cake

Learn to add layers of flowers to elevate your spring themed cakes!

By Anna Craig
Sweet On You Designer Cakes and Cups

  • Coffee stir stick
  • Corsage pins
  • Drinking straw
  • Gel colors: violet, yellow, pink, moss green, electric green, white, leaf green
  • Paintbrushes in various sizes
  • Paint palette
  • Vodka
  • Wilton flower spikes


  • To start, plan the layout of flowers on the cake; place corsage pins where you would like the gum paste flowers to go.


  • Put gel colors into a palette, leaving empty spots to mix custom colors and shades. You may need to add a drop or two of vodka to thin them out.


  • Start painting the first flower. Do the outline first, one petal at a time. It is ok if some of your painted flowers end up hiding a little bit behind the gum paste flowers.


  • Using a different shade start the next layer of petals, work your way towards the center. You can blend colors as you go. Use different sizes of brushes; thinner brushes give petals more definition.


  • For a daisy, use a medium width brush and make each petal by dragging the brush from the outside towards the center.


  • Once all of the petals are done you can use white on the inside of the flower near the center.
  • Continue to paint flowers on the cake, different sizes and views (straight on or side views) add interest.
  • Now you can paint stems, leaves and centers onto the flowers. Use different shades of green and white to make it look more realistic. A thin brush works best.


  • Apply a simple border if you choose.
  • Gum paste flowers can now be added. Flower wires should never be put directly into the cake. Use spikes, drinking straws or coffee stir sticks. If the flower is loose within the spike add a little royal icing to help “glue” it in.


  • Place the flowers where you had pre-planned with the pins.
  • If you aren’t happy with the flower layout at this point, it isn’t too late to paint more on. Repeat steps 3 to 9.
  • Congratulations on creating your very own multi-dimensional sugar work cake!


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