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Sweet Peas

Here is one of the fastest, easiest-to-make flowers in the garden. Try piping them in variegrated shades.

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Difficulty: Somewhat Easy



Instructions:

Step 1

Tint stiff icing with icing color.in desired petal color. Fit decorating bag with decorating tip 104 and fill 1/4 full or less with tinted icing. Tint thin icing with green icing color. Fit decorating bag with round decorating tip 3 and fill 1/4 full or less with tinted icing.

Step 2

Make center petal. Hold decorating bag at a 45° angle at 6:00 with wide end of tip touching the surface, narrow end straight up. Squeeze the bag and lift the tip slightly off the surface (about ¼ in.) as the icing curls. Continue squeezing without changing position. Relax pressure and return the tip to the surface. Stop squeezing; pull tip away.

Step 3

Make the left side petal. Position bag slightly to the left of the center petal at a 45° angle at 4:30. Squeeze the bag and while the petal curls, lift the tip slightly, relaxing your pressure and lowering the tip back to the surface. Stop squeezing; pull tip away.

Step 4

Repeat for the right side petal holding bag at a 45° angle at 7:30.

Step 5

Make the calyx. Hold the decorating bag at a 45° angle at 6:00, at the base of the center petal. Squeeze, letting icing build up, then gradually decrease pressure as you pull tip away to form stem. Stop pressure; pull tip away.

Step 6

Hints:

Create two-tone flowers by Brush Striping or Bag Striping your decorating bag before filling with icing.

If the sweet peas will be used in clusters or cascades, no sepals are needed.