Sunflower Sugar Flower Cake Decorating and Baking Tutorial

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1. Making the petals

The first thing we have to do is make the petals! This is a lengthy process so patience is key.

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2. Airbrushing the petals

Now that the petal are ready to go the next thing we have to do is give them that bright yellow colour using a combination of yellow paints.

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3. Making the centre

In this lesson Paul will show you how to ice the centre of the flower and create a realistic texture.

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4. Airbrushing the centre

Now that the center has been textured it’s time to add some colour with the airbrush. For best results apply a light coat from a distance then contrast with a darker tone on the outside.

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5. Adding the petals to the centre

The next step to making the sunflower is adding the petals to the centre. This is where the flower paste by Arati Mirji really comes in handy as this is a delicate process.

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6. Covering the back

Paul shows you how to make the leaves covering the back of the sunflower to hide the polystyrene.

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7. Airbrushing the leaves

In this lesson Paul airbrushes the leaves of the sunflower, the end result being some very realistic looking sunflower leaves!

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8. Finishing touches

For the final lesson, Paul applies a lights dust to the centre of the sunflower to give the look of pollen then brings the sunflower together by adding the leaves to the stem.

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9. Other Ideas

Some other ideas for the Sunflower.

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10. Pro Lesson

Everything a pro needs to know about pricing and selling their own Sunflower.

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11. Sunflower - Bite Sized

Watch Paul make this wonderful Sunflower in just 1 minute!

Sunflower Tutorial

Learn how to make this beautiful Sunflower with the multi-award winning Paul Bradford. There’s just so much to do and learn from this lovely little design.

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to…

  • Make easy leaves
  • Airbrush
  • Make sunflower petals and pistil
  • Arrange a flower on the stem
  • and much, much more

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Sunflower tools and ingredients

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Flower paste

  • Flower paste by Atari Mirji (original)

Airbrush colours – Spectrum Flow

Petal dusts 



  • Small sharp knife 

Modelling Tools

  • PME tools 

Cakey Tools


Paul Bradford

Paul Bradford

Paul Bradford´s mission is to ‘Empower people to achieve their cake decorating dreams’ by providing a range of cake decorating courses and online tutorials through their website, which currently teaches 195,000+ students.  


  1. Gadgetgirl

    Hi Paul, lovely tutorial, which orchid veiner did you use? Thank you ?

  2. helenomara

    Hi Paul. Did you use PME cutters for petals. I can’t find ones specifically for sunflowers. Thank you

  3. Wendy Jordan

    Lovely, and such a happy flower to make. Definitely going to do this, just need a big leaf cutter. Thank you x

  4. Helen MacLachlan

    Hi Paul. Great tutorial. You are a wonderful teacher & easy to follow. I did the sunflower & it worked really well. Thank you. ?

  5. fancycakes12

    Followed this tutorial. Struggled a bit but I think coz I used wrong flowerpaste. Very pleased with final flower though. Is the flower paste Paul used available anywhere? I’d like to give it a try. Can’t find a link for it. Ta.


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