Modern, Elegant Sugar Flowers

  • with Amy Noelle
(8 reviews)

A gorgeous cake covered in sugar flowers shouldn’t be a once-in-a-lifetime treat. Master the art of handcrafting gum paste flowers like Juliet roses, peonies and succulents and you’ll be able to turn any cake or cupcake into a work of art.


Learn how to make the stunning sugar flowers you see cascading down high-end wedding cakes, including the intricate Juliet rose. Acclaimed wedding cake designer Amy Noelle is famous for figuring out how to realistically recreate flowers beyond the standard blooms. She’ll help you expand your sugar flower repertoire by teaching you how to make the challenging Juliet rose, the trendy succulent, the super popular peony, beautiful Brunia berries, and delicate leaves — all so real-looking you’ll want to put them in water. You’ll also learn how to comb buttercream into an elegant texture and how to create a “basket” out of ganache and buttercream to serve as the perfect vessel for your flowers. Along the way she’ll share her tips on stacking, leveling and supporting cake tiers and piping a perfect rope border and dots. And she’ll teach you how to make a light Italian meringue buttercream that’s easy to work with and puts the taste of standard buttercream to shame. This course is for anyone who wants to graduate from cookie cutter flowers to amazingly authentic handcrafted sugar paste flowers that you don’t see everywhere else.


  • Annie Berube

    • Intermediate Cake Artist

    Sugar flowers are my passion. In this class I learned a few new flowers and also leared how to make filler items. I also became more confident in my icing and stacking abilities.

  • Wendy Furze

    • Intermediate Cake Artist

    I loved the buttercream recipe and the combing technique that I learned. I absolutely loved all the sugar flower lessons, and I also loved Amy's informative and friendly teching manner, she is fantastic. Amy Noelle's class was fabulous, and I would love to take more classes with her as an instructor.

  • Anonymous

    • Advanced Cake Artist

    A different way of making succulents which I've been struggling to find a good tutorial on!

  • Anonymous

    • Advanced Cake Artist

    I loved everything about the class - it covered the absolute basics (which are always good to refresh) and particularly that it covered a range of different skills and techniques that I can apply in lots of different ways, rather than just one main focus.

  • Linda Hall

    • Intermediate Cake Artist

    can't wait to actually try this! The instructions were very clear and easy to understand. The instructor was likewise easy to understand.

  • Regina Sword

    • Advanced Cake Artist

    I really enjoyed this class very informative with easy to follow instructions. I would definitely recommend.

  • Genia D.

    • Beginning Cake Artist

    Excellent class! Easy to follow. I like that this class does not require expensive cutters and molds. I can use what I already have.

  • Patricia Holcomb

    • Beginning Cake Artist

    Love this course really GREAT!!!!!! One question spoon tray - what type of broad do u glue the spoons on

Lesson Plan

  • Lesson 1: Meet Amy Noelle


    Meet Amy and find out what you’re going to learn in her sugar flower making course and the materials you need to gather now if you plan to follow along.

  • Lesson 2: Making a Sugar Succulent


    Watch as Amy demonstrates how to make the three sizes of petals needed to form a succulent (the current “it” flower); how to assemble them with floral tape; and how to make them indistinguishable from real blooms by painting them with three different petal dust colors.

  • Lesson 3: Making a Sugar Juliet Rose


    Unlike a sugar succulent, a Juliet rose is not assembled at the end with tape but built up in layers using edible glue. It’s a five-day process, but we think you’ll agree that the results are worth it!

  • Lesson 4: Making a Peony


    A sugar peony starts with a center that you build into a bud or flesh out into a full flower. Add a calyx and you’ve got a really polished peony.

  • Lesson 5: Making Berries & Leaves


    Now that you’ve mastered the flowers, it’s time to learn how to make some filler flowers — in this case, Brunia berries and leaf sprays. Discover how easy it is to make colored sugar for the berries.

  • Lesson 6: Italian Meringue Buttercream


    A beautiful cake deserves a delicious frosting, which is why Amy is going to teach you how to whip up her favorite buttercream. Besides being tastier, this buttercream is lighter and easier to work with than the American version.

  • Lesson 7: “Combing” the Buttercream & Building the Cake


    Time to prep the cake. Learn how to level, stack, support, and caulk your cake; how to “comb” buttercream into an elegant design; and how to pipe on pretty dots and a decorative rope border.

  • Lesson 8: Arranging the Sugar Flowers


    Now for the really fun part: Arranging your flowers on your cake. Amy shares the design principles that have helped make her the go-to expert on sugar flowers, including how to angle the flowers in an authentic way. Watch as she demonstrates how she herself plans out her flower placement in advance with a sketch.

  • Lesson 9: Piping a Twig Basket Cake


    A clever way to display your sugar flowers? In a “basket” Amy creates by piping buttercream and ganache to look just like entwined twigs. Amy teaches you her technique for making it look incredibly real.

  • Lesson 10: Decorating Mini-Cakes with Flowers


    You don’t need a three-tiered cake to show off sugar flowers; check out how cute one big flower, or a group of small ones, looks on a mini-cake (or what Amy calls a “better than a cupcake” cake). It’s a beautiful and tasty way to thank someone for a favor, wish them a speedy recovery, or just say “I love you.”

Meet the Instructor

Amy Noelle Instructor of Modern, Elegant Sugar Flowers

Specialty cake baker Amy Noelle’s amazing career began with a sugar flower design class she took one summer on break from her teaching job. Cake decorating became her passion, culminating in the opening of the Sugar Flower Cake Shop in NYC, which makes wedding and special occasion cakes using organic, local, sustainable and fair-trade ingredients. Success quickly followed, and Amy soon found herself the go-to expert on wedding cakes and sugar flowers for Martha Stewart Weddings and The New York Times. Her cakes have been featured on The Knot, the Style Network, New York magazine, and in virtually every major bridal magazine. But her true validation came during an outdoor wedding, when a honeybee kept trying to land on and pollinate one of her sugar flowers!

Course Supplies

Downloadable Materials

Downloadable course materials include recipes, ingredients and tools lists, cake specifications, a project timetable, an ingredient conversion chart, and cake templates and outlines where needed.

  • Ingredient Conversion Charts
  • Project Timeline
  • Tools & Ingredients
  • Recipes


  • Cutting mat
  • Cel flaps
  • Wire cutters
  • Edible glue (water plus gum arabic or a bit of dissolved gum paste)
  • Small paintbrush
  • 3 flat-topped paintbrushes
  • Small scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pasta machine
  • Cutters (3 different-sized lotus flower or tear drop cutters; 2" circle cutter; 5-petal cutters in 3 different sizes)
  • 24 gauge white floral wire
  • 18 gauge green floral wire
  • Pliers
  • Metal ball tools, medium and large
  • Foam flower mat
  • Toothpick, wire, or wooden tool with pointed end
  • Spoon tray
  • Half-sphere candy molds (2" diameter)
  • Craft knife
  • Digital kitchen scale
  • Digital kitchen thermometer
  • 5-quart stand mixer with whisk attachment
  • 4-quart saucepan
  • Stainless steel bowl, medium-size
  • Whisk
  • Pastry bags with coupler
  • Pastry tips (Ateco #5 and #26)
  • Offset spatulas (4")
  • Bench scraper or icing comb
  • Petal dust (not disco dust or luster dust) in buttercup, flamingo (pink), sage, cinnamon, super pearl, and charcoal
  • 4 (12") cake support straws
  • 2 each (4" x 2", 6" x 2" & 8" x 2") round cake pans for tiered cake
  • 2 (8" x 2") round cake pans for basket cake
  • 1 (3" x 2") round cake pan for mini-cake (or 3" circles cut from sheet cake if you are making several mini-cakes)


  • Butter cake
  • Italian meringue buttercream (recipe included)
  • Dark chocolate ganache (recipe included)
  • Gum paste
  • Powdered sugar

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When is this class offered?

    Anytime you want it to be! When you purchase a CakeMade course, it is yours to keep; you can watch the lessons whenever and how often you like. If you have any questions along the way, just post them on the forum and Amy will answer them personally.

  • What kind of sugar flowers will I learn to make?

    Instructor Amy Noelle, who has led sugar flower making classes in Martha Stewart's test kitchen, will teach you how to make the intricate Juliet rose, the trendy succulent, and the always popular peony. And since flowers need fillers to look authentic, you'll also learn how to make beautiful Brunia berries and realistic-looking leaves.

  • Is this course only about making sugar flowers?

    Not at all! In fact, Amy is going to share her technique for piping buttercream and ganache around a cake so that it looks just like a twig basket, making it the perfect place to display your sugar flowers. She’ll also show you how to create a beautiful, bloom-topped mini-cake that makes a great thank-you present or hostess gift.

  • Are any recipes included?

    Yes. Amy is known for making cakes that taste as good as they look, and she’s going to share two of the recipes that helped earn her that reputation: Italian meringue buttercream and dark chocolate ganache.

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