Follow our step-by-step guide to making decorative flowers for your cakes.
1 Colour plastic icing with a few drops of food colouring in the colour of your choice. If the plastic icing becomes sticky, work in a little sifted icing sugar until the stickiness subsides.
2 Use a rolling pin to roll the plastic icing out to 2mm on a surface dusted with sifted icing sugar. Keep lifting the plastic icing to ensure that it does not stick to the surface.
3 Cut out shapes, a few at a time. We used a blossom cutter, calyx or jasmine cutter and rose petal cutter. Keep the icing covered with a damp cloth. TIP You will find all cutters and tools at speciality baking shops.
4 For the jasmine flowers, use the small end of a ball or boning tool. Press gently at the base of each petal towards the centre. This will lift and slightly curl the petal. Set aside to harden.
5 For the small blossom flowers, use the large end of a ball tool. Press directly into the centre of the flower straight down from the top. This will curl the flower. Set aside to harden.
6 Create leaves by gently pressing the back of a teaspoon into the length of the rose petal cutouts. Gently press to the side and lift the spoon off. This will create a vein and a slight curl. Set aside to harden.
Turkish delight cake