Mrs Young’s Sea Holly

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Skill Level: Intermediate
HD Lessons: 11
Decoration Time: 1 Day

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Printable Tools and Ingredients list available here.


  • 8” Round by 5” deep fruit cake

Cake Card and Drums

  • 10” Round Cake drum


  • 750g White Sugarpaste


  • 1kg White Marzipan

Flower Paste

  • Eucalyptus and pale green flower paste

Paints and Dusts

  • Jade, ultramarine
  • african violet/eucalyptus
  • silver moon/rainforest


  • Covered floristry wires
  • 24 Gauge and 33 Gauge wire


  • Apricot glaze
  • Lemon juice
  • Brandy
  • White vegetable fat
  • Cornflour
  • Pale green floristry tape
  • Posy picks
  • Tin foil
  • Polystyrene  block/ straw container
  • Brandy
  • Vodka
  • High percentage alcohol


  • Scalpel knife
  • Sharp cutting knife


  • Large brush
  • Flat brushes for dusting

Modelling Tools

  • Dresden tool
  • Ball tool

Cakey Tools

  • Plastic cake smoothers
  • Acetate smoothers
  • Non -stick board
  • Non -stick rolling pin
  • Mould for centre of flower
  • 2 sea holly leaf cutters
  • Leaf veiner
  • Sponge/ Cel  pad


  • Wire cutters
  • Scissors
  • Disposable gloves for dusting
In this tutorial, Paul has the honour of appearing alongside his former teacher, and the woman who got him into cake decorating, Cecilia Young. Mrs Young demonstrates how to make beautiful sea holly to add some flourish to your cake designs. The pretty flower is perfect for sitting atop wedding cakes.
Watch this tutorial to learn how to create delicate leaves, work with moulds, do edible dust work, prepare a fruit cake and much more.
After watching this tutorial, you can use the skills you've learned to make all kinds of variations of this flower.
We'd love to see your take on Mrs Young's Sea Holly - so make sure you share your photos with us on our Facebook page.
Cecilia Young

Cecilia Young

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