How to make a fondant rose for valentines day - Eat Me. Drink Me.
 
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This is a simple guide on how to make rose out of fondant icing easily purchased ready to go from you local supermarket. Easy to do but super impressive!
You will need your chosen colour of fondant either ready coloured when you buy it or dye some white fondant with food colouring. Also you will need icing sugar to stop it from sticking to you and the board much like using flour when you work with pastry.
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Firstly take your icing and warm it up a bit in your hands, make sure they are clean and dry.

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Roll each of your sections into a  tear drop shape and line them up in size order - smallest first. Also roll a thin sausage that will be the centre of your rose.

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flatten your first tear drop with your finger until it is quite flat and then press a bit more on the edges of the petal to make them thinner and more flower like. remember to use icing sugar on the board and your hands if it sticks.

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Wrap you first petal around your sausage, (ooo-er) and press gently at the bottom to ensure it sticks. continue this process with each petal alternating the side that you stick it to.

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About halfway you will have built up a lot of icing underneath your rose so at the natural point under the flower pinch off the excess and then you can use this to make more petals if you want.

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Keep adding petals until you are happy, then cut the excess off with a knife (Be careful) so that it stands up on its own. Gently tease the petals out and mold them until they look mast rose-like. Leave out in the open to dry out and the roses will keep their form. My pink icing was a little dry giving the slightly rough edges but I think this looks more realistic. See the other pictures below to see how using other consistencies and number of petals affect the look of the roses. Don't forget practice helps and your loved ones will certainly be impressed with this home made surprise!

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I used bigger but less petals for this one.
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Traditional red, more petals in the centre but then big ones around the edge.
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One for the Goths!
Ene
3/10/2011 12:56:01

I had always thought the making of rose difficult, but thanks to this clear steps outlined.I can do better now.

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