pink saucer magnolia sugar flower on a two tier white fondant buttercream cake
pink saucer magnolia sugar flower on a two tier white fondant buttercream cake

How to repair a damaged Sugar Flower: 3 Methods

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Wondering what the easiest way to fix a broken Sugar Flower is? I've had my share of broken flowers over the 7+ years that I've been creating and selling Sugar Flowers, and I'll share with you two of my favorite techniques on how to repair a damaged sugar flower!

Method One: Remove the Broken Petal Entirely

This is definitely the simplest solution, though not always applicable to every situation. Simply remove the broken petal completely from the flower, and arrange the other petals to fill in the gaps.

You can also use leaves or another flower to hide any gaps, as well as strategically place the gap next to the cake so it's not noticeable.

Once your flowers are on the cake in their full display, it's often impossible to even see that something was broken in the first place!

Method One-and-a-half: Replace Petal

I'll say this is method one-and-a-half because it's just a continuation of method one. After removing the broken petal, if you have any extra petals, you can use floral tape * to attach the new petal where the broken petal used to be.

Sugar Artist assembling petals of a sugar flower, which is a simple way how to repair a damaged Sugar Flower

Method Two: Glue it together

You can use Gum Glue * to glue your two petal pieces back together (this method works best when you have two pieces with a clean break), but be prepared to wait for the flower to dry at least 24 hours before you can use it again. To make sure the pieces dry together naturally, use saran wrap or a bit of foil that has been curved (either by hand or using a bowl, etc.) to prop the pieces together so they form one smooth petal.

You can also use Super Glue *, but I have a few caveats here!

1. Super Glue * is not edible. Neither are floral tape * or floral wire *, so as long as everyone understands that we're not gluing something together that someone is going to eat- don't eat Sugar Flowers, especially if they contain super glue *.

2. Use the gel version, it's not as runny, and it's easier to control the amount, so you don't use too much

3. You don't need to let the flower dry for 24 hours, like with gum glue *, but please give it as much time as possible to dry! I try to wait at least 2-3 hours.

Watch the Video: How to repair a damaged Sugar Flower

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I'd love to chat with you and troubleshoot any problems. I can definitely walk you through how to repair a damaged sugar flower or any of your other gumpaste woes! Schedule a 15-minute call (video or phone) with an experienced Sugar Artist (hi, that's me! ๐Ÿ˜…) and get your questions answered.

Need even more help? I also offer longer consultation calls where we can design a sugar flower arrangement together, price out a cake, troubleshoot any flowers you're practicing, or collaborate between bakeries and couples! You can click here to learn more about that.

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