How To Make A Japanese Maple

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Skill Level: Intermediate
HD Lessons: 8
Decoration Time: Two Days (including overnight drying time)

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Flower Paste (by A Piece Of Cake)

  • 80g Light Green (using Spring Green, Mint Green and Cream)

Dusts (by Sugarart Dusts)

  • Aubergine
  • Ruby Red
  • Fern
  • Primrose
  • Lemon Yellow
  • Dark Eucalyptus
  • White
  • Cymbidium
  • Slate
  • Scarlet


  • Glazing Isopropyl Alcohol 75 % + confectioners liquid glaze 25 % = (¼ glaze) strength for petals & leaves that require no shine


  • White Fat (Trex or Crisco)
  • Full & ½ width Nile Light Red (wine floristry tape)
  • Edible Glue
  • Corn Flour


  • Craft Knife
  • Mini Pallet Knife


Cakey Tools

  • Non-Stick Board with Non-Slip Mat
  • Scribe
  • Assortment of Flat Dusting Brushes
  • Fine Tipped Paintbrushes for Detail
  • Glue Brush
  • Paint Palette
  • Stay Fresh Mat or Plastic Folder
  • Non-Stick Petal Flower Pad
  • Non-Stick Rolling Pin 6” or 9”
  • Assortment of Ball Tools
  • Dresden Tool
  • Dusting Bag


  • Blow Torch
  • Paper Towel
  • Florist Oasis (to support the project)
  • Kitchen Paper (to form into drying moulds-formers)
  • Kitchen Foil  (to form into drying moulds-formers)
  • Smooth Edged Angled Tweezers
  • Curved Fine Tipped Scissors
  • Mini Pliers/Snips (for cutting wires)
  • Greaseproof Paper

We were lucky enough to have the fantastic Robert Haynes in the studio creating his stunning Japanese Maple which looks incredibly realistic. This is a fantastic piece for competition work or to add to a special cake as decoration. This tutorial is aimed at all levels and with Robert's thorough and clear instruction you should be fine no matter what your skill level. If you are looking to make an arrangement similar to this, one you will want to give yourself two days to allow for drying time overnight.

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Robert Haynes

Robert Haynes

Robert Haynes is a completely self-taught sugar crafter. He learnt through reading books and studying the anatomy of flowers and foliage and wished he had access to classes and teachers to learn from, so he now does just this and travel far and wide teaching students how to create beautifully realistic sugar flowers and foliage. One of his particular skills is recreating life-size botanically correct blooms which he show-cases as pieces of art.
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