In his tutorial video, Duff Goldman showed at-home bakers how to use fondant to create cake decorations in the shape of flowers — an appropriate choice, given that he is a judge for Food Network’s Spring Baking Championship. The 46-year-old listed out the following necessities for the task: fondant, cornstarch (to sprinkle on the surface of the table), and a rolling pin, as well as a circle cutter, small cup of water, and a Q-tip. That last one might seem like the odd one out on the list, though proved to be very useful when it comes to creating the floral cake decorations.
Goldman rolled out his fondant using the rolling pin and proceeded to cut out circles in the icing, which he grouped in multiples of three for each flower. He then dipped one end of the cotton swab in the water and rubbed it on the bottom of two of the three circles. The next step was overlapping the circles of fondant in a shape that Goldman described as “a caterpillar.” He then rolled them up “like a burrito” before pinching them in the middle, eventually breaking the “burrito” in half to form two small roses.
Easy, right? But that’s not all! Goldman also used the drenched Q-tip to secure the flowers on top of his fondant-covered cake as well, and made sure to follow another one of his cake decorating rules while doing it.