9:oopm: kids are in bed asleep and I've assembled all my flower-making tools: decorating tool kit, wet towels, dry towels, spatulas, fondant rolling pin and board, cornstarch duster, flower ejector and camera!
i was taught to take a small bit of the fondant and knead in the food colouring. this controls the shade of colour you create in the end
9:15: it took about 10 minutes to knead 8 ounces of white fondant with pink gel paste food colouring into a complete mass of pink. then, you take the small pink chunk you've kneaded and add it to the remaining larger chunk of white fondant and knead these two together. is it past my bedtime? or does this picture look obscene to you too?
it may take a while for you to get from the marbleized colour to thoroughly mixed if you have a huge chunk of fondant that you're colouring. this one's not ready yet.
at last, the food colouring has been thoroughly kneaded into the fondant
9:30 pm: OMG! this is tedious and my back's killing me. I decide to sit down at the kitchen table to make the flowers. I begin to gain a rhythm and start cutting the flowers a batch at a time, resting them on the foam block. I then use the dowel to shape the flowers all at once and then place them to dry on my parchment-lined sheet pan.
here are the little cut out flowers awaiting shaping on the foam
using the little dowel, you just gently press the tip into the centre of the fondant flower, creating some dimension
i lined up the little pink flowers to dry on parchment. i decided to make rows of 20 because it would make it easier to keep track of how many i had made. i need to make 285 flowers plus extras for breakage!
ahh. finished at last. in the end, i made 330 of these little suckers
10:45 pm: done for now! off to bed!