When I was asked to make a Beauty and the Beast cake featuring Mrs Potts and Chip, I almost combusted from instant excitement.
The brief was literally what I’ve written above, I pretty much had free reign, which equals a cake decorator’s dream!
As well as Mrs Potts and Chip, I knew we needed the special lyrics on the cake (cue me singing Beauty and the Beast for a week straight), and the rose.
You know the one.
The Beauty and the Beast Rose.
The rose that stands. I wanted that rose on this cake.
I’d never made a standing rose before so it was new territory for me but it was territory I jumped into and loved!
Here is my tutorial for the Beauty and the Beast rose along with affiliate links for the products I used.
I used a polystyrene ball as my flower centre so the rose would be light enough to stand up on the cake.
To start with I just put the polystyrene ball onto a cocktail stick so I could move the rose around easily as it was being made.
Later on the cocktail stick will be removed to move the rose to its stem.
For the first step, the flower paste needs to be rolled super thinly, around a mm thick. You can then cut a rose petal out. I use this set of rose petal cutters and start with the middle size.
Add some sugar glue or water to the petal using a paintbrush and attach it to the polystyrene ball. Don’t worry about covering the ball, it won’t happen at this stage. You just need to concentrate on the very top of the rose and how it looks from a bird’s eye view.
Tuck the left side of the petal in and then curl the right side of the petal around so that whole petal looks as if it’s unfurling from the centre.
Cut out 3 more petals of the same size and soften as above.
This time, paint glue only two thirds of the way up each petal. Stick one petal onto the polystyrene centre at the same height as the top of your first petal.
Attach your second petal overlapping the first, and again attach your third petal overlapping the second petal.
Repeat the steps for Layer 2 but this time cut out, soften and attach 5 petals, each one overlapping the last as you go.
Move to the largest size rose petal cutter and cut out 5 petals.
Soften as above but this time fold the ‘shoulders’ of each petal back. By curling the petals back slightly you create a look of the petals unfurling so you get a rose that appears to be blooming.
After curling each petal leave them to firm up slightly, not so they dry, but so that they hold their shape when lifted up.
Use glue as in the steps above and attach your 5 petals around your rose, overlapping each as you go.
Repeat the steps for Layer 4 but make and attach 7 petals this time.
Your final layer should be 10 petals, made exactly the same way as in the steps for Layer 4.
Once your petals are curled back and left to firm up you can begin attaching them.
Instead of overlapping as you go, you need to attach 4 petals in a square formation around the rose, or North, East, South and West.
You can then attach a petal in between the ones already placed and then take a look at your rose from above and see which side needs to be filled out a bit more. Attach your last petals based on your observation.
If you leave your rose on a cocktail stick at this stage, the petals will probably drop slightly so it’s best to lift the rose from the cocktail stick and leave it supported in a ring of cling film.
I used a wooden skewer, which you can get from a supermarket or here on Amazon.
I painted it using Sugarflair Christmas Green mixed with vodka and left it to dry.
Once the rose is dry enough to handle you can push the skewer into the polystyrene ball where the cocktail stick was.
To add rose leaves, use a PME Rose Leaf Cutter to cut two leaves from green florist paste and attach to the skewer.
You can also use 5 leaves to make a calyx if the underneath of your rose needs tidying up.
Then just push your skewer into your cake for your Beauty and the Beast Rose to stand tall and proud!
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