It seems some couples do chose to get engaged or marry during this Raya month. Probably to coincide with the long public and school holidays. The cake above was a last minute order, Calla Lily was the quickest flower I could come out with, given the short notice period. The weather was also excellent, hot and not humid. The calla lilies were dried in a few hours and I was so relieved that the order was completed on time.
Here’s a quick tutorial on how to make the flowers. I don’t use any cutters for this, just free hand. You will need :Egg white Semolina Petal dust – yellow and green Gumpaste / flower paste Shortening Ball tool floristry tape – green 20 or 22 gauge wire Sponge Knife
Colour the gumpaste yellow and roll into a cone shape. Dip the wire into the egg white and slid into the cone. Pinch the bottom to seal and secure the cone.
I don’t have the proper pollen style edible dust, so instead I’m using semolina flour. Brush the cone with egg white and then smother it with the semolina. Leave to dry until it is firm to handle.
Ok, for the flower, roll the gumpaste and leave the bottom part slightly thicker. Since I don’t have a cutter, what I do is, I position the flower center on the gumpaste and then cut around it with a craft knife. The cone or center should be approximately 3/4 of the length of the flower. (Just make sure it is not protruding out of the flower ! Cacat la pulak nanti rupenye.. )
Once you are satisfied with the shape of the flower, place it on a foam and thin the edges with a ball tool. Rub the ball tool with some shortening and glide it along the petal edges. If you want, you can vein the flower at this point by using a corn husk or flower veiner.
Brush some egg white at the bottom of the flower and wrap it around the cone. Furl the edges and sharpen the tip of the flower. Colour the center with yellow petal dust and the base of the flower with green. Wrap the wire with green floristry tape.
That’s basically it, I’m confident anyone can do it. Try smaller versions to put on cupcakes or other calla lilies colors. Good luck .