New Reading Material…


We are smack dab in the middle of our HUGE 13-day PME Master Class! The students have already conquered rolled fondant and they are two-thirds finished with the royal icing module. They will finish up with five days straight of gumpaste flowers! If you know anything about Nicholas Lodge, you know that flowers are his game, so it’s fitting to end a two-week class on such a high note. I myself have been a busy bee- printing class textbooks, getting practice sheets made, printing recipes, and preparing the diplomas and master certificates, that I realized I didn’t have a blog topic for this week! But thanks to a suggestion from Scott, I realized that I could share some Chef Nicholas gumpaste flower magic with all of you too (his students shouldn’t get to have all the fun)!

How exactly can I share sugar flowers through a blog? Well, because Chef Nicholas has a new book out with SIXTEEN different types of beautiful flowers: Spring & Summer Flowers in Gumpaste. Has there ever been a sweeter sixten? I think not. In fact, there is even a chance to win this new book!

So, with kids back in school and summer wedding season over, why not check out Chef Nicholas’ new book and try making some new flowers?! There are some familiar favorites and some flowers that you’ve never thought to make before. And even though we are no longer in the spring or summer season anymore this year, it’s actually the perfect time for this book. Why? Well, that’s easy-grab your copy of Spring & Summer Flowers in Gumpaste, and start practicing NOW so that come spring and summer 2017 you are ready to wow your clients with gorgeous, one-of-a-kind floral cakes; perfect for garden weddings, afternoon tea bridal showers, and feminine all occasion cakes. 

Would you like me to share each of the sixteen flowers in Spring & Summer Flowers in Gumpaste with you? Of course you would! In no particular order, Chef Nicholas has included: camelia, cherry blossom, daffodil, dogwood, forsythia, lilac, primula, wisteria, black eyed susan, fuchsia, geranium, morning glory, nasturtium, scabious, and sunflower (in large and small sizes)! You can see photos of each flower in the collage at the top of the post.

This book is brand spanking new, and was published just last month. If you’d like to get a copy, you can hop on over to our online shop by clicking here (or anywhere you see the book title). Oh, and if you haven’t ever ordered a book from us online before, you can make a note during checkout to have Chef Nicholas sign your book before we ship it out to you! That is pretty sweet.

I’d love to know which flower you are most excited to make for the first time! Please leave a comment here on our blog, and Chef Nicholas will choose one lucky winner to receive a copy of the book for free!!! Please be sure to leave your comment by midnight on September 18, 2016, and be sure to include your email address so that I can get in contact with you if you win (if I can’t contact you, you can be chosen as a winner!)! I will announce the winner here on the blog next week! Good luck!


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  1. I would love to win this book because I’ m a beginner in sugar flowers, with this book it can help me widen my knowledge and improve more.

  2. I would love to learn to make the wisteria and fuschia first, but will make them all. They are beautiful!

  3. Every flower that Nick creates is a glory to behold and the methods clearly explained. I was lucky enough to take his course as well as subscribing to all of his Craftsy classes. This book would be the icing on the cake as no other classes cover the same flowers. Wisteria would be one of my first choices.

  4. Fuchsias! Growing up, my mom always requested a hanging basket of fuchsias for Mothers Day. Her favorites are the bright pink and purple flowers, but sometimes the flower nursery only had the pink and whites (which she still loved).

  5. Geranium and Sunflowers are my fav and have crafts class for sunflower but winning this book would be awesome!

  6. Nic’s sunflower is breath taking so I would love to learn his technique in making that flower.
    Every flower Nic makes is a work of art and I’m totally addicted to his work. I purchase every Craftsy class, all the tools he uses and all his books. Someday, when time allows, I plan on taking his 3 class masterclass.

  7. It is very hard to choose which of these lovely flowers I would want to do first. I’m torn between the Daffodil and the Wisteria. Haven’t done either of them as of yet.

  8. I have beautiful wisteria in my garden and have been wanting to duplicate it in my dake design. Thank you for reading my mind!LOL

  9. I would love to learn to make all the flowers listed but if I had to choose one it would be the Morning Glory. I am new at cake decorating and I recently found Chef Lodge on the Craftsy site I love the tutorials he offers. I also just found out about the on site class but I was not able to make it this year I just enrolled into a baking class at the local college (but they do not offer the knowledge or guidance on making any of these beautiful things Chef Lodge teaches.)

  10. Stephanie , my favorite one of Nick’s group is the sun flower, the next on is camilia .
    Thank you for doing all the research for our blog we get to read.

  11. It pains me greatly to say this but it will soon be winter here. I can’t think of a better way to pass the time than learning to make these beautiful and vibrant flowers. A burst of summer on a cold winter’s day. My first flower woukd be the sun flower.

  12. I love Nick’s books, and his directions are so easy to follow. I’ve been privileged to see him demo on many occasions and I always learn something new. If I had to pick a flower, I’d pick the wisteria, since they bring back many lovely memories of my mom, and I’ve never made them.

  13. This book would be wonderful to have! I have a NL book from the early 80’s. My kids gave me his craftsy rose class for Christmas. He is the BEST!

  14. I love the sunflower! Of all the classes I have taken, I think this was the one that stood out to me as the most outstanding! Thanks for all you help. Without you guys, I wouldn’t b as far as I am.

  15. Do I have to pick just one?? I think morning glory and fuchsia are 2 that I don’t have cutters for!! Shopping opportunity for sure.

  16. I would love to win this book as I am new at cake decorating and this book would go great with the craftsy classes I am taking of Chef Lodges.

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