Cake decorating with Gelatin Flowers


  • 1 Tablespoon unflavored gelatin
  • 2 ½ tablespoons water
  • 26 or 28 gauge covered wire
  • Soft brush
  • Liquid Food coloring
  • Microwave
  • Mixing bowl
  • Small spatula
  • Craft scissors with scalloped edges
  • Veining sheet


  • Step 1:
    • Place water in a microwaveable bowl.  Sprinkle Gelatin over the top and stir together, and then let it stand for a few minutes. This is called blooming.
  • Step 2:
    • To warm and clarify the gelatin, place the mixture in the microwave for 10 – 15 seconds at a time.  Wait after each interval until the mixture is liquefied and thoroughly warmed, make sure all the gelatin is dissolved. 
  • Step 3:
    • Once dissolved to a liquid, let it stand to allow the foam to rise to the top (this may take 10 – 20 minutes depending on how hot the gelatin was) then gently spoon this foam away. (This may need to be done a few times depending on the gelatin as different grades will produce more or less foam then others.)When gelatin is clear with the foam removed, reheat and add desired food color. The gelatin may be re-heated if it becomes thick while painting it onto the veining sheets.
  • Making the Flowers:
  • Adding the wire stem:
    • Use a 26 or 28 gauge covered wire for the stem of the petal and leaves.  Lay the wire in the centre of the petal / leaf  veining sheet.   Using the soft brush, spread an even layer of gelatin mixture over the veining sheet, making sure to go slightly over the edge of the outline.  Hold the wire still until the petal / leaf is dry.
  • Finishing off:
    • Pull the gelatin petal or leaf gently off the veining sheet.  It will be paper-like and the edges can now be trimmed with a craft scissors to create lovely scalloped edges, or with a small scissors for a straight egde.  Group the petals and leaves together and use paper stamens for the middle, then tape everything together to create a beautiful flower.


    by Dawn Kloke

    Incredible Sugar Crafts

    012 752 1670