[4 Mar 2010 | By | 11 Comment(s) | 17,394 views ]

Here’s a great idea for cake or cupcake decorating, using tootsie rolls! They come in all kinds of wonderful colors now… My friend Grieg made these (apparently he’s not just a great photographer, but a great cook as well), and was generous enough to show us how!  You can see some of his other creations at Foodwhirl, too!   (Like the Cheesecake Cookie Cupcakes, and Chocolate Hearts)

How to Make Tootsie-Roses

For the petals:
Starting with the smaller of your teardrops, wrap each petal around your flower base and continue until you are satisfied with the size.

For the leaves:
Take a green tootsie and also pull into a teardrop. But instead of using the petal, use the pointed end pinched over to make a leaf.

Once flower is formed, adjust peddles to desired position and then quickly run entire flower under cold water or plunge into a bowl of cold water to set it.

Once completed, remove from chopstick and cut the bottom of the rose off and place on cake/cupcake, or whatever you’d like to decorate!


Thanks Grieg for sharing this cool technique!

Of course, you can make a lot more than roses with these tootsie rolls..  They are moldable for all kinds of decorate cake toppings.  (If you remember, I used these as a ‘skull’ for my dragon on the dragon cake, then covered it with fondant.)

Hope you enjoy this, and be sure to send pictures if you try this technique!

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  • SisterDiane [] (elsewhere) discussed this :

    A Work of Genius – this tutorial on making roses from Tootsie Rolls, via @DotatDabbled: [Must buy Toosie Rolls, stat!]

  • Elizabeth Drouillard [] (elsewhere) discussed this :

    RT @SisterDiane: A Work of Genius – this tutorial on making roses from Tootsie Rolls, via @DotatDabbled: [Must buy …

  • shanknits [] (elsewhere) discussed this :

    RT @DotatDabbled: Thx, @TorreyBelle! Love this tutorial on making roses to decorate cakes/cupcakes using tootsie rolls!

  • Joanne [] :

    So clever! I’ll be linking!

  • Dot [] (author) :

    Thanks! (I promised Grieg this would make him ‘internet famous’ if he’d write it up for me, so spread the word) :)

  • Almost Unschoolers [] :

    This is awesome! We love crafting things out of Tootsie Rolls :)

  • Kara [] :

    These are just beautiful! I’m thinking I need to make some cupcakes to put them on. Thanks for sharing!

  • Dot [] (author) :

    thanks, kara!

  • Dot [] (author) :

    We’d love to see them if you do!

  • chelsea [] :

    I used this same method with but wound up with more of a multi colored tulip. it’s actually pretty cool looking. i’m thinking of making a tye dye cake just so i can put these on top. i like them.

  • agregar Temperos [] (elsewhere) discussed this :

    Check it out: "Tootsie-Roses!"