Monday, December 5, 2016

How To Make Wafer Paper Roses

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To see the video of how to make this flower from beginning to end, click here: How To Make Wafer Paper Roses

Here's the finished flower...The center is made from a strip of cut paper to look ruffly.

Start with a 1" styrofoam ball (the rough kind, not the smooth polystyrene.)

Press it flat against the counter on one side.

Wire it so that the wire sticks out the rounded side, and the flat side is up. (The wire isn't shown in this photo.)

Cut off a piece of the colored wafer paper and wrap the flattened styrofoam ball in it. This will give the wafer paper petals something to stick to. Let that piece dry for a while.

Cut a strip off of one side of the paper. Make it about 3/4" wide.

Fold it and cut the folded ends halfway through to make a fringe.

Cut little marks in the paper all the way along one side.

Cut the edges of the fringed side in a wavy way so that the fringes will be uneven.

Open the strip up.

Lightly moisten the flat edge.

Coil up the strip and press it onto the center of the styrofoam ball.

Wind the strip around itself and make a coil of the fringe. Brush a little more water onto the ball if needed, but don't make it too wet.

Cut the top of the fringe unevenly if it looks too regular.

Add another fringed strip to cover the whole flat top of the ball.

Cut some 2" circles from colored wafer paper using a 1 1/2" round paper cutter. If you're making a rose with more uneven petals, or you don't have a paper cutter, you can cut them out freehand. Cut out 7-12 petals depending on how full you want the flower to be.

Attach the petals to the ball with the colored sides facing out. You'll be steaming the flower and curving the petals in toward the center, so that will make the colored side show.

Attach the petals overlapping so that they cover the edge of the ball. 

As you attach more petals, move them a little lower so that the top edge of each row of petals isn't completely level with each other. The outer edges should be lower than the inner ones.

Cut out some larger 2" circles with a round paper punch. You can leave some of them flat on one side if you're running low on paper.

Attach these with the colored side facing in, since they'll curl away from the center of the flower.

Attach 10-12 circles in a spiral. Let the flower dry.

Heat up a pot of water on the stovetop and hold the flower over the water long enough to make the petals soften up a little.

Gently bend the inner petals in toward the flower center.

Hod the flower over the steam again and bend the outer petals away from the center. Keep steaming and bending the flower until it looks the way that you want it to.

Kara Buntin owns A Cake To Remember LLC,  online cake supplies at and

Monday, November 28, 2016

Dusting Purple Gumpaste Hydrangeas

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Okay...we all know that purple is the most heinous of colors because of its tendency to fade and change colors. The best way to get around this is to dust whatever it is that you want to stay purple.

These hydrangeas started out lavender. I dusted them first with a lighter purple/lavender color.

Then you dust the center with a little darker purple. For these I used French Lilac and Grape Crystal Colors dusts.

Make sure that when you dust the flowers you don't extend the color all the way to the edge of the petal, and that you keep the darker color mostly in the center. But a little variation is good because no two flowers are the same anyway.

Use a big, rounded, fluffy mop brush like a puffy powder makeup brush to make sure that the color isn't too concentrated in one area.

Here's the before and after of the non-dusted and dusted versions. By layering the color the purple looks more natural, and since it's petal dust it won't fade.

And you can pin the image on the right to see the whole process  and save it for later.  :)

Kara Buntin owns A Cake To Remember LLC in Richmond VA, and cake supplies online at and


Friday, November 25, 2016

Edible Ink Printers part 4-- Smearing Prints, Paper Jams, and Other Fun.

Here's the last video in my series on edible ink printers. In this one I cover smearing, paper jams, and some other random information.

Again, if you don't need to use an edible ink printer on a regular basis, think twice about getting one. They're a fun toy if you use them a lot, but if you use them a lot you'll run into every problem you can have with them, so they will test your patience.

Kara Buntin owns A Cake To Remember LLC in Richmond VA, and cake supplies online at and

Friday, November 18, 2016

Edible Ink Printers Part 3 - What To Do If It Won't Print The Right Way.

The worst thing is when you go to print one thing, ONE THING...And you end up spending three hours trying to figure out why the printer won't print the one color that you can't get away with leaving out. This shows the process of going through the decision tree before finally having to take out the printer head for cleaning.

The basic decision process is:

-"Prime the sponge" so to speak. Print a test pattern, if that doesn't work...

-Run a cleaning cycle. Print a test pattern, if that doesn't work...

-Run a second cleaning cycle. Print a test pattern, if that doesn't work...

-Do a Deep Cleaning cycle. Print a test pattern, if that doesn't work...

-Try wetting the sponges in the inside of the printer. Print a test pattern, if that doesn't work...

-Remove the print head and clean it out using cleaning fluid (available from the edible ink companies) or hot water. When it's totally clean, dry and put it back into the printer, replace the cartridges, and print a test pattern, if that doesn't work, you might have to try cleaning the print head again.

Also, (and I forgot to mention this in the video but I added a note) you might need to just replace the cartridge that isn't printing if cleaning the print head doesn't help. Sometimes refilling the cartridges wears them out or something, and a new one is what you have to do.

Kara Buntin owns A Cake To Remember LLC in Richmond VA, and cake supplies online at and

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

5 Reasons Why You Didn't Get The Cake Order

Ah, the tasting appointment...Just like a blind date because you rarely get feedback if the couple doesn't hire you. If your cake is good, and you're professional during the appointment, you're always left wondering what happened.

Here are five possible reasons why you didn't get the cake order, and you have no control over any of them.

1. They just didn't like you. Yep, it can happen. Sometimes you just don't gel with the customer. It goes both ways, too. I had a few people come for appointments that I didn't like, and I didn't want to work with them.

I once read something about dating and pineapples. The author wrote that she didn't like pineapple, but she knew that there were plenty of people who thought pineapple was delicious. So when she ran into a guy who wasn't interested in dating her she would just chalk it up to her being pineapple to him. So there was nothing wrong with her, per se, but maybe he didn't like pineapple..

So maybe you were pineapple, and the customer likes mangoes better. No big deal.

2. They're just there for the experience. There are plenty of people who set up multiple appointments for everything related to their wedding because they just want to have the "full wedding experience." They have no intention of hiring you, they just want to be treated like Queen For A Day. Charging for tasting appointments will cut down on this kind of time-waster.

3. They didn't like your meeting space. Some people will decide whether to hire you on the basis of your meeting space. I had one couple tell me that they were glad to see that I didn't work from home since I was meeting with them at my office (which is not at all set up to bake anything in, by the way.) They told me that they had gone to another appointment and when they pulled up in front of a house and realized that the baker worked from home, they just drove away. But they were happy to hire me, duh.

4. Part of the couple isn't happy with the other. You might be the victim of a bickering couple's crossfire. If they walk in and are in the middle of a fight they'll try to behave, but I guarantee that you'll be the one who suffers. No matter what you do they're not going to remember the appointment with happiness, so no matter what you do your chance of getting that job is greatly reduced. Which leads to the last possibility of why you didn't get the job...

5. They did something embarrassing. All I'll say on this is that if the customer embarrasses herself in front of you, she's unlikely to want to revisit that experience by hiring you. I had one customer who came in saying that she hadn't been feeling well. She ended up running out of my office and throwing up in the bushes outside. I didn't hear from her again.

So maybe you did nothing to lose the sale, but factors outside your control were at play. If you know that the couple was arguing, or that they were giving your meeting space the stink eye the whole time they were there, that could be the reason. People have their reasons, but not all of them are reasonable, so spend your energy on finding new clients, not on worrying about the ones that got away. NEXT!!!

Get my guide to tasting appointments here, it has some good stories of crazy customers and how to handle them in it:

Kara Buntin owns A Cake To Remember LLC in Richmond VA, and cake supplies online at and